Hosts Tri­umph; Team Cheal Claims Le­gion Curl­ing Provin­cials For Third Straight Year

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion Martin Rourke Len­noxville

Jeff Cheal and his team from Sherbrooke – Branch 10 claimed the 2011 Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Que­bec Com­mand Pro­vin­cial Curl­ing Cham­pi­onship on Jan­uary 16. Sherbrooke – Branch 10 was the event host, while on ice events took place at the Len­noxville and North Hat­ley Curl­ing Clubs. Twelve teams from around the prov­ince com­peted in a split-round robin for­mat.

It was team Cheal’s third straight pro­vin­cial crown for the team that has also hoisted the na­tional cham­pi­onship tro­phy on two oc­ca­sions. The team made up of Cheal (Johnville, Que.), Evan Mooney (Len­noxville, Que.), Matt McCrea (Len­noxville) and Danny Comeau (Fleu­ri­mont, Que.) was the team to beat over the four days of the event. They started off with a strong 4-0 record in the split round robin por­tion of the event, good enough to seal up first place in their pool. Their only blem­ish came in the fi­nal round robin game. In the play­offs they won their first game earn­ing them a bye to the fi­nals, where they once again proved to be the best.

Tak­ing the long road to the fi­nal was the other lo­cal team, team Lassenba from North Hat­ley – Branch 242. Brad Lassenba (Water­ville, Que.), Martin Rourke (Water­ville), An­drew Hatch (Len­noxville) and Jeff Bailes (Sherbrooke, Que.) had to work their way to the fi­nals. They fin­ished their

split round robin in a tie for sec­ond in their pool and had to play a tie-breaker to make it to the play­offs. They were vic­to­ri­ous over Team MacLen­nan from Buck­ing­ham – Branch 54 in the tie breaker be­fore beat­ing Lynda Put­nam and her team from Hud­son – Branch 115 in the page play­off game. The semi­fi­nal saw Lassenba make a draw on his last rock of the game to take two points and pro­pel his team to vic­tory over team Favreau of Cowansville – Branch 99.

In the fi­nals it was team Cheal from the get go as they were able to score a quick three points in the first end thanks to a long run-back made by Mooney, fol­lowed by a great draw be­hind cover. Cheal then re­lied on his sweep­ers to paper by a guard, and then made no mis­take on his fi­nal rock to se­cure the third point. Lassenba and his team show­ing fa­tigue as they played their third game of the day strug­gled through­out al­low­ing Cheal and his team open­ings where they made no mis­take. Af­ter Cheal made a quiet hit on his fi­nal rock in the sixth end, it was good enough for hand­shakes and the pro­vin­cial crown.

“It’s ex­cit­ing to be able to win this event as the host. We’re look­ing for­ward to go­ing back to Hud­son to com­pete for the Na­tional ti­tle,” said Cheal.

Cheal, Mooney and Comeau have won the Na­tional ti­tle on two oc­ca­sions, the first com­ing in Hud­son in 2002. McCrea joined the team when they once again cap­tured the ti­tle in 2005.

The 2011 Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Que­bec Com­mand Pro­vin­cial Curl­ing Cham­pi­onship hosted by Sherbrooke – Branch 10 took place at the Len­noxville and North Hat­ley Curl­ing Clubs from Jan­uary 13-16. It was a fa­mil­iar re­sult for team Cheal of the host branch as they claimed the ti­tle for the third straight year, this time over team Lassenba of North Hat­ley – Branch 242. Team Cheal will now pre­pare for the Le­gion Na­tion­als which will be hosted by Hud­son – Branch 115 in March. Full re­sults and de­tails on this year’s pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onship can be found at http:// le­gion­curl­ing.free­hos­tia. com/in­dex.html or www. lennoxvil­le­curl­ing.ca.

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Left to Right: Jeff Cheal, Evan Mooney, Norm Shel­ton (Que­bec Le­gion Sports Chair­man), Matt McCrea, Danny Comeau

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