Special to The Standard
The Lindsay Curling Club played host to the Provincial Seniors this past week, with two local rinks participating in the weeklong round-robin event.
Uxbridge’s Gary Grant with his team of Bill Harrison, Dave Farr, and Randy Grant finished the eight game round-robin in second place, with six wins and two losses. Since this event leads to a National a playoff is required, with Team Grant earning a spot in the semi-finals. In the semis, Team Grant beat Scarboro Golf’s Rob Lobel 6-2, booking their ticket in the finals, against Howard Rajala from the Rideau Curling Club.
Rajala took his deuce with hammer in the first end, then forced Grant to a single in the second. A steal of one in the fourth by Grant tied the score at two at the game’s midway point. After Rajala took one in the fifth, Grant scored two in the seventh end, to lead 4-3 heading into the final end. However, the Rajala would use hammer to his advantage and score his two points on the last shot of the game, removing the Grant counter to win 5-4. Rajala will now represent Ontario at the Nationals in Fredericton, New Brunswick, in mid-March.
This was a great week overall for Team Grant but it’s another heartbreaking loss for the team, who also lost the Seniors Provincials final by one point last year.
Hold your head high boys, you make us all very proud of your accomplishments.
On the women's side, Port Perry’s Carol Jackson’s team of Laura Davis-Cook, Marilyn Plekaitis, and Pat Reid finished the week with three wins and four losses, tied for fifth. The team started the week with two consecutive losses, but bounced back with three consecutive wins to keep their playoff hopes alive. Unfortunately, the team finished the round-robin with two losses, putting an end to their playoff prospects. Congratulations ladies on another strong Provincial performance and a great season.
Great Times at South Scugog Auto Bonspiel
The Port Perry Curling Club hosted their annual Mens bonspiel, sponsored by South Scugog Auto Sales. Sixteen mens teams participated, playing three eight end games, and were treated to a great time and local hospitality.
On the early draw, Port Perry’s Terry Golphin skipped his team of Shawn Parish, Isaac Sutton and Matt Wilkes to three wins and first place. The other top teams on this draw were skipped by Ken Slute and Don Beaton. On the late draw, the top team was Andrew Batchelor from Carleton Place, followed by York’s Dan Cleutinx and Dave Phillip from Port Perry.
Special thanks to title sponsor Glenn and Kelly Evans, from South Scugog Auto Sales, and to Jake Haak for his food donations and draw master Ken Jeffrey.
Townley Off to Colts Provincials
This past weekend in the Provincial Qualifier at the Thornhill Curling Club, Uxbridge’s Spencer Townley, who plays second for the Chris Van Huyse rink, booked his ticket to Colts Provincials. After losing their opening game against the eventual A-Side winner, Dave Ellis from Leaside 6-5 in an extra-end, the team pulled things together and won four consecutive games, to win the B-Side. Colts Provincials will be held March 15th to 19th, at the Meaford Curling Club.