More rinks in play than just at Games

JOE PAVIA, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:14 AM ET

Sometimes it's not about Olympic glory.

Ontario's men's and women's masters champions were decided on Saturday at the Renfrew Curling Club.

Guelph's Mike Dorey went through the round-robin undefeated, posting a 7-0 record.

He was close to tears after winning, saying "This is the most exhilarating and exciting moment of my curling career.

"This team has come together beautifully as a great unit," he said of his rink.

The women's side was closer, with two teams tied for first at 5-1.

Jane Galloway, from Ilderton, and Glendale's Marilyn Johnston had to win their last game to clinch the title.

Johnston, without hammer in the last frame, lost by two while Galloway had the hammer and was tied in the eighth, and won by a single.

"I've often been a bridesmaid, but this is the first time I have been a bride," said Galloway.

Russell's Raja Wysocki and Ottawa's Bonnie Morris finished in third and fourth.

The masters' winners will represent the province in Saint John, N.B., at the end of March.

On the same day Renfrew hosted the masters finals, the championship game of the Dominion Provincial Wheelchair tournament was held in Collingwood.

After the five-team round-robin, the RA Centre's Bruce Cameron, with Jamie Eddy, Andre Beaudin and Christine Lavallee, scored a convincing 8-3 victory over former champion, Chris Rees from Toronto. Both rinks were tied at 3-1 after the round-robin, which forced the final showdown. Kemptville's Richard Fraser was fourth.

The national competition is March 15-24 in Kelowna, B.C.

And in another competition, John McBrearty, Bob Wilson and Steve Stephanison won their local zones to advance to the provincial final of the Diversicare Grand Masters at Thornhill (March 26-27). The event is for men aged 70 and up.

Olympic notes

According to CTV, the most-viewed athlete profiles on its webpage belong to Cheryl Bernard and Kevin Martin ... Curling continues to garner big audience numbers. Viewership in Canada is more than 2.2 million for some matches. Even the Aboriginal People's Television Network, which is showing curling, has achieved its highest numbers at 68,000 viewers ... NBC curling analyst Don Duguid told U.S. viewers how to prepare for a match: Depends on the competition. But more often than not, "you pop a couple of cold ones."

OCA results

In mixed zones, the winners were: 1A -- Shane Latimer, B -- Kevin Baker; 2A -- Steve Allen, B -- Cheryl McBain; 3A -- Chris Gardner, B -- Mark Homan. In senior mixed zone those advancing are: 1A -- Serge Dennis, B -- Bob Cousineau; 2A -- Layne Noble, B -- Ray Pollock; 3A -- Dwayne Lowe, B -- Bill Vance. In the Gore Mutual schoolboy championships, no local squads made the finals. The Kingston rink skipped by David Staples won the consolation event at the championships.

Odds and ends

Bruce Delaney, with Duncan Jamieson, Mike Abbot and George Mitchell, captured top spot in the Deep River Cashspiel on the weekend. The Navy Club is hosting a sendoff for Team Delaney on March 11 at 6:30 p.m. The men will represent Canada at the world senior championships (April 16-24) in Chelyabinsk, Russia, which is about 1,900 km east of Moscow ... The Ottawa Curling Club will play host to a sendoff gathering for Team Homan on Monday at 6 p.m. to wish them well when they represent Canada at the world jr. curling championships (March 6-14) in Flims, Switzerland.

Flims is located in eastern Switzerland near the German/Austrian borders.


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