ROB STEEL Special to The Standard
The Uxbridge Curling Club hosted their annual Mens Steak Spiel this past weekend. Sixteen teams descended on the club to play three, eight end games.
Winning all of their games on the late draw was the Sutton based foursome of Cory Winch, Ryan Winch, Troy Winch and Sean Diamond. Winch, on points, once again beat out Uxbridge’s Barry Acton, the three games winners from the early draw, to take the overall championship. Curling with Acton was Howard Harper, Jim Markle, and Jason Burnett.
In one of the weekend games, Team Sindery from the Royal Canadian Curling Club in Toronto scored an eight-ender. A rare accomplishment in curling. I’m led to believe that this is the first eight-ender recorded at the club.
A great day was had by all participants. Thanks to D.G. Smith Insurance for their sponsorship of the event and Mad Millie’s for donating the meat prizes.
Local Curler Qualifies for Provincials
Fifteen year old, Port Perry resident Nathan Steele is headed back to Under-18 Boys Provincials. Nathan plays second on his Whitby based curling team, skipped by Josh Leung. The team qualified for Provincials last weekend, by winning all four of their games at the Teeswater Curling Club, winning the A-Side.
Team Leung will now compete in the eight-team round-robin competition, at the Hamilton Victoria Curling Club March 22-26th, against a really strong field. This year, teams are vying for the opportunity to represent Ontario at the first ever National U18 event, to be held in Moncton in mid-April. Last year, the team finished in second. Good luck Team Leung!
High School Curling Wrap-Up
Another busy high school curling season is coming to a close. Uxbridge Secondary School has a very strong and popular program, with the school entering four teams in the various divisions. Port Perry High School, in only it’s second year at getting its curling program re-started, was only able to field one team this season.
The Uxbridge Tier 1 Boys team won the silver medal this year. After a strong playoff run, the team fell short in the final against the powerful Brooklin Bears. Port Perry finished the round-robin with a 5-1 record, but ended up with Bronze medal after a semi-final loss to Uxbridge. Both teams had strong seasons and have a great core of kids to build on for next season.
The Uxbridge Tier 1 Girls finished with the Bronze, while the Tier 2 girls, after finishing with 5-1 record on the season, were upset in the quarter finals.
The Uxbridge Tier 2 Boys will be playing for the Bronze medal on Wednesday.
A special “Thank you” goes to the Uxbridge and Port Perry Curling Clubs for donating ice to the teams for weekly practice and league games. Your support of youth curling is very much appreciated.
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