A great week in sports

The Victoria Standard - - FRONT PAGE - AN­DREW BROOKS

With de­fend­ing cham­pion Don­nie An­der­son's rink and last year’s run­ner-up rink of John Bald­win ab­sent from play, the field was wide open for this year’s Sil­ver Dart Bon­spiel at the Bad­deck Curl­ing Club.

In the open­ing night draw, Dick Grubb, lead for John Mac­in­tosh’s rink, took a fall that left him okay, but forced from com­pe­ti­tion. Louise Des­rochers steppedin and helped Mate Nor­man Macdon­ald and Sec­ond Ernie Mac­in­tosh take their rink all the way to Sun­day’s Cham­pi­onship game. There, they faced Skip Blaise Landry, Mate Daniel Ni­chol­son, Sec­ond Harry Faulkner and Lead Bob Hill of the Cape Bre­ton Re­sorts.

Mac­in­tosh’s rink took a com­mand­ing early lead that was left un­chal­lenged un­til the fi­nal end. With Mac­in­tosh ly­ing four stones walled around the four foot, Landry threw a beau­ti­ful an­gled raise that found the open hole and left him ly­ing one on the but­ton. Know­ing he was ahead by two, Mac­in­tosh made his fi­nal stone a throw­away shot that nearly punched Landry’s other stone to­wards the but­ton. De­spite the drama, it was not enough for Landry’s squad and Mac­in­tosh pulled off the win, 5-3.

Mac­in­tosh has or­ga­nized the an­nual bon­spiel for the past 12 years. This was his first win.

“It feels good. It’s the one that every­one wants to win. I had a great team who worked hard and swept a lot of rocks.”

The bat­tle for third place also came to a thrilling con­clu­sion af­ter a game of sin­gle-point ends. Team Rare Earth skipped by Bill Marchant were up three af­ter three when Team Blue Heron skipped by Rod­die Mor­ri­son an­swered back with two sin­gle-point ends of their own. Com­ing home in the sixth and fi­nal end, Blue Heron had a chance to tie it up and force an ex­tra end. Mor­ri­son’s fi­nal stone was a well-ex­e­cuted hi­tand-roll off of a Rare Earth rock at the edge of the twelve foot that came to rest in the four foot with par­tial cov­er­age from a guard. Marchant was then forced to draw to the but­ton for the win. Com­ing light out of the hack, Sec­ond Rachel Kelly and Lead Ber­nice Grant had to hit the brushes to en­sure Marchant’s stone would go the dis­tance. Mate Norma Marchant joined the brush­ing and the stone came to a per­fect stop on top of Mor­ri­son’s for the win.

As al­ways, the Club would like to thank all spon­sors, vol­un­teers and par­tic­i­pants who helped make the event pos­si­ble.

Daniel Ni­chol­son, 3rd for Team Cape Bre­ton Re­sorts, lines up a shot dur­ing the Fi­nal of the Sil­ver Dart Bon­spiel. Photo by An­drew Brooks / The Vic­to­ria Stan­dard.

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