Briane Meilleur

Briane Meilleur (born March 11, 1992) is a Canadian curler from Winnipeg, Manitoba.[1]

Briane Meilleur
Born (1992-03-11) March 11, 1992
Team
Curling clubGimli CC,
Gimli, MB
SkipKerri Einarson
ThirdVal Sweeting
SecondShannon Birchard
LeadBriane Meilleur
Career
Member Association Manitoba
Hearts appearances2 (2016, 2018)
Top CTRS ranking2nd (2018-19)
Grand Slam victories1 (2019 Players')

Career

Meilleur had a fairly successful junior career playing third for Breanne Knapp, winning the Manitoba junior title in 2010 and 2011 and competing in the 2010 and 2011 Canadian Junior Curling Championships. She won the bronze medal in 2011.[2]

She began her senior career as a skip in the 2011–12 curling season, and played in her first Grand Slam, the 2011 Manitoba Lotteries Women's Curling Classic.

After playing for several different teams, she began to skip her own rink again in the 2016–17 and 2017–18 curling season.[3] She competed in the 2017 Road to the Roar Canadian Olympic Curling Pre-Trials with Breanne Knapp, Janelle Vachon, and Sarah Neufeld, but the team missed out on a chance to qualify for the trials following losses to Julie Tippin and Krista McCarville.[4]

For the 2018–19 curling season, Meilleur joined Kerri Einarson's new team as the lead. The team gained some attention for being made up entirely of former skips.[5] They began the season by winning three straight World Curling Tour events in three weeks: the 2018 Stu Sells Oakville Tankard, the inaugural Morris SunSpiel and then the Mother Club Fall Curling Classic[6] with a fourth win at the Curlers Corner Autumn Gold Classic in October.[7] In December, the team lost in the finals of the 2018 Canada Cup and 2018 National. Their strong play during the early part of the season earned them enough points to put team Einarson in the Wild Card game at the 2019 Scotties Tournament of Hearts. However the team lost to the lower ranked Casey Scheidegger rink. The team would rebound to have a strong finish at the end of the season, winning the 2019 Players' Championship and losing in the final of the 2019 Champions Cup.

Team Einarson had two playoff finishes at the first two Slams of the 2019–20 season, losing to Anna Hasselborg in the quarterfinal of the Masters and once again to Hasselborg in the final of the Tour Challenge. The team did not have the same success at the Canada Cup as they did in 2018, finishing with a 2-4 record.

Personal life

Meilleur currently works as a CAD Technician for EuroCraft Office Furnishings.[8]

Teams

SeasonSkipThirdSecondLead
2011–12[9]Briane MeilleurKrysten KarwackiAmy AgnewMeagan Grenkow
2012–13Selena KaatzBriane MeilleurKristin MacCuishKatherine Doersken
2013–14Breanne KnappKatherine DoerskenBriane MeilleurKrysten Karwacki
2014–15Jill ThurstonBrette RichardsBriane MeilleurKrysten Karwacki
2015–16Cathy Overton-ClaphamBriane MeilleurKatherine DoerskenKrysten Karwacki
2016–17Briane MeilleurRhonda VarnesJanelle VachonSarah Neufeld
2017–18Briane MeilleurBreanne KnappJanelle VachonSarah Neufeld
2018-19Kerri EinarsonVal SweetingShannon BirchardBriane Meilleur
2019-20Kerri EinarsonVal SweetingShannon BirchardBriane Meilleur

References

  1. "World Curling Tour - Powered by CurlingZone". www.worldcurl.com. Retrieved 2018-12-12.
  2. "Team | TEAM KERRI EINARSON". teamkerrieinarson.com. Retrieved 2018-11-09.
  3. Bender, Jim (October 5, 2016). "Curler home, despite tears". Winnipeg Sun. Retrieved October 5, 2016.
  4. Bell, Jason (2017-11-12). "Manitoba curlers shut out at pre-trials". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved 2018-11-09.
  5. Brazeau, Jonathan (February 16, 2018). "Kerri Einarson's new team committed to embracing different roles". Sportsnet. Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  6. "WCT Recap: Team Einarson keeps rolling with third win of season - TSN.ca". TSN. 2018-09-24. Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  7. Spencer, Donna (9 October 2018). "Canadian women's rink proving 4 skips as good — or better — than 1". CBC Sports. The Canadian Press. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  8. 2018 Home Hardware Canada Cup Media Guide: Brian Meilleur
  9. "Briane Meilleur Past Teams". Curlingzone. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
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