Special to The Standard
This past weekend, the Port Perry Curling Club played host to a Senior Mixed zone qualifier. A total of ten teams were competing for one of the four qualifying spots available.
Port Perry’s Ken Jeffrey skipped his team of Marg McKnight, Rob Thompson, and Deb Thompson to two straight wins. The team beat club mate John Butler 7-6 by taking their single in the last end. In the team’s second game, they beat Rob Harling from Leaside 7-3. The team will compete in the Provincial Qualifier next month, at the Oshawa Golf and Curling Club.
Uxbridge’s Jim Bell entered his Unionville’s based squad of Cheryl McPherson, Scott McPherson, and Andrea Lawes. The team started off slow, in this double knock-out event, losing their first game to Greg Truscott from Scarboro Golf 8-4. The team then put together three wins in a row, beating John Butler, Whitby’s Andrew Gray, and Tam Heather’s Doug Miller, to earn their ticket to the Provincial Qualifier. Congratulations teams.
Team Winch Takes Cowspiel
The Uxbridge Curling Club hosted sixteen mens teams at their annual Cowspiel last Saturday. Each team plays three, eight end games, and were treated to a delicious lunch and roast beef dinner.
The overall winner was Sutton’s Ryan Winch, with Troy Winch at vice, Cory Winch at second, and Shawn Diamond at lead. Uxbridge’s Barry Acton won all three games on the early draw, but lost out to Winch, based on overall points. Curling with Acton was Howard Harper, Wayne McArthur, and Jim Markle.
Thanks to Randy Grant, from Randy Paints, for their sponsorship, and to Mad Millie’s for providing prizing and meals. The next event at the club is the Spring Steak Spiel, on March 4th. The event is still looking for participating teams.
Rowsell Third at Provincial Scotties
Uxbridge’s Karen Rowsell, who plays in the Port Perry Super League on Thursday nights, competed this past week at the Ontario Provincial Scotties in Cobourg. Karen throws second stones for Team Cathy Auld, who had a solid week, finishing the week with a four and three record. Their performance earned them a tie-breaker against past provincial champion Allison Flaxey, who they beat 10-4, earning their spot in the semi-finals against Rachel Homan, on Saturday morning. Unfortunately for Team Auld, they would come up a little short, losing 9-3 to Homan. Homan would end up winning the Provincial Championships, and will wear Ontario colours at the National Scotties, in St. Catharines in mid-February. Congratulation Karen and Team Auld on a great season, and finishing third in the province.
Ray Grant Recognized
On Friday night, at the Tankard and Scotties Provincials in Cobourg, the Ontario Curling Association celebrated their past winners in a Celebration of Champions. It was a special night for all past champions, but none more special than for Uxbridge’s Ray Grant, who won the Ontario Curling Championships in 1955, 1958, and 1965. It was extra special to see Ray parading out wearing his 1955 Championship sweater. A great moment for the Grant family and for Ontario curling.