November 5, 2008
'Spiel win worth $2,200 to juniors
By JOE PAVIA, SUN MEDIA
For a couple of junior rinks, being in the thick of things is nothing new.
The reigning Canadian junior women's champion and the Canadian junior men's finalist each took home $2,200 for their title wins in the John Shea Insurance OVCA Junior SuperSpiel on Sunday.
Junior champ Kaitlyn Lawes skipped her rink to an 8-2 victory over Danielle Inglis of Burlington.
"I think the second end, when we got the steal of two, started our lead so we just kept it clean after that," said Lawes.
Inglis never got anything going as the Manitoba rink either forced her to take one or blank ends.
By contrast, the national junior finalist Travis Fanset, of St. Thomas, and Ottawa's Neil Sinclair mixed it up right away.
In the fourth end, facing three Fanset counters just behind the four-foot and possibly another biting the 12-foot, Sinclair attempted a draw that stopped somewhat exposed, allowing a Fanset tap.
"We ended up taking four on a bad shot," said Fanset, whose team scored a 9-6 win. "Neil's shot over-curled. It was a tight game until then."
In the consolation game, Manitoba's Travis Bale hammered Jean-Michel Arsenault 8-3 in five ends, earning Bale $600.
The semi-finalists were Nova Scotia's Danielle Parsons, Scotland's Claire Hamilton, Stephen Burgess from New Brunswick and Ottawa's Graham Rathwell. Each left with $1,000.
Two former Brier champions coached their daughters at the tournament. Rob Meakin, whose daughter, Breanna, is Lawes' lead, said: "It's probably easier playing. When you're out there, there isn't as many nerves as when you're sitting rooting for them." Rick Lang felt the same: "It's tougher coaching. When you play you feel like you have some control." Not only does he coach the team his daughter, Sarah, skips, but he is also involved with his wife Lorraine's team. She's a former Canadian and world champ. "That's really threatening the family. I'm taking my life in my hands with that one. We've always lived the game. For a few years I got away from it and now I'm at the curling club seven days a week."
The Royal Lepage OVCA Women's Fall Classic kicks off Friday at Kemptville's North Grenville Club. Defending champion Jenn Hanna faces two Scottish teams, three U.S. rinks and strong Canadian entries. Former Canadian Scotties winner Sherry Middaugh may feel a little old when she faces off against Winchester's Crystal Lillico on Friday. Lillico was bantam age at last year's event. The draws run all weekend with the finals slated for 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Craig Savill and Glenn Howard haven't lost an event yet. On Sunday they stole two from Kevin Martin to win the $22,000 first-place prize money in the Cactus Pheasant Classic in Brooks, Alta. ... Ottawa's Gary Rowe and Jacqueline Harrison each made the semis in their respective events. Rowe got $1,000 at the North Bay Challenge, while Harrison pocketed $1,700 at the Brampton Curling Classic.
"You may experience sticker shock if you plan to shop as you would down south." That line is from the player's letter for the Canadian mixed championship, which begins Saturday in Iqaluit. It is the first time in Canadian history that a national sports championship will be held there. Wayne Tuck will represent Ontario.
The Richmond club will host a one-day cashspiel on Nov. 22. Call 613-828-9224 to register ... The Pembroke Fall Cashspiel has openings for a Nov. 14 event.
CURLING THIS WEEK
The Money Concepts Rideau Skins starts Friday. Rogers will televise the final on tape delay on Sunday at 8 p.m.