Dow rises to Tankard

JOE PAVIA, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:11 AM ET

Colin Dow’s plan worked.

The 21-year-old will be the youngest player at the Tankard, the Ontario men’s championship, in Napanee Feb. 1-7.

”At the end of last year, when I finished juniors, my plan was to make provincials in four years,” said Dow, the second for Bryan Cochrane’s Rideau Curling Club rink.

“As soon as I got on Team Cochrane this year, my goal was to make provincials.”

Not bad for a guy who didn’t even know if he would have a team this season.

The fourth-year University of Ottawa human kinetics student is a classmate of Canadian women’s junior champion Rachel Homan.

He’s also the assistant ice-maker at both the RCMP and Navan clubs, both renowned for their swing ice. Provincial-level ice is also swingy.

“We have two of the best shot-makers in the province (Cochrane and Rich Moffatt) on our back end,” said Dow, “so if John (Steski at lead) and I are doing our jobs, then we have a good chance of making the playoffs.”

Dow is also keeping a level head for his first Tankard.

“Hopefully, it won’t be a once in a lifetime experience, but it might be. I just hope to gain experience for the future.”

One of their televised games is against three-time world champ Glenn Howard. “Tune in early,” Dow quipped.

Rogers 22’s live coverage begins Monday. The games of Cochrane and the Arnprior Curling Club’s Chris Gardner will air Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. The full schedule is at rogerstv.com.

Homan omen

Homan coach Earle Morris has had quite a year. Son Johnny Mo became a curling Olympian. Then his young charges won the M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors, going 13-0 in the process.

His heart sank, however, in the sixth end of the junior final when Homan attempted a perilous multiple-points run-back. It had the coach flashing to last year’s final, when his skip attempted another hazardous shot that failed.

“It was deja vu all over again,” Morris said with a laugh. “I’ve seen her make enough of those shots to know I’ve lost another teachable moment.” The girls’ stellar 45-2 junior record this season might have given him some solace.

Morris confirmed the fifth for the worlds March 6-14 in Flims, Switzerland, will be their former second, Alison Kreviazuk. While the 21-year-old has aged out for Canadian juniors, she is still eligible for the worlds.

Mixed message

The OVCA Mixed Bonspiel winners were: Safeguard Trophy Main Event — Gardner with Rhonda Varnes, Keith Coulthart and Jessica Barcauskas; RA Centre senior section — Serge Dennis; Hogline Curlers Proshop — Paul Madden; Bud Light — David Cormier; Jim Campbell trophy — Luc Landriault; Metcalfe Gold Club second senior event — Bob Walker; Colio Estates Wines Senior third event — Layne Noble.

Senior moments

Ottawa squads failed to capture Ontario senior titles on the weekend. Bruce Delaney’s rink lost the semi-finals, while Cheryl McBain fell in a tie-breaker. The champions were Brant’s Gareth Parry and Brampton’s Dale Curtis.

Off ice

Ontario’s newest women’s squad for next season has Ottawa’s Lee Merklinger throwing second, Leigh Armstrong as lead and former skip Jo-Anne Rizzo at third. The new skip is Sherry Middaugh … The Pembroke Spring Bonspiel, March 25-28, is looking for entries. First prize is $1,000. Contact Jeff Fraught at 613-635-3881.

Curling this week

The Scotties begins Saturday from Sault Ste. Marie with TSN covering three draws daily. Look for Jennifer Jones to defend her title.

joe@hoglinecurling.com


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