A great week in sports
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.