The good, the Blad and the Grand

JOE PAVIA, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:47 AM ET

He persevered and won his second OVCA City of Ottawa Men's Bonspiel.

The Rideau's Bill Blad won the City of Ottawa Grand Aggregate Trophy against Matt Paul in a short game where Blad's foursome dominated the game. He last won the 'spiel with a different team in 2000.

"We got up a little and Matt Paul's team gambled a bit and we won," observed Blad.

Ironically, Paul's squad handed the champions their only loss in nine games the day before.

"I love the City. I love the challenge. I love going from one sheet of ice that's 23.5 seconds to another sheet that's 25 and doesn't curl."

Rounding out the skip's team were Steve Demers, Devo Divine and Shawn Schwendemann.

The Tubman Funeral Home Senior Grand Aggregate went to a skip from Vancouver. There were three brothers on the squa, skip Craig Rampton with siblings Alan and David curling third and lead. The second was Pat Kyle. Alan Rampton remarked, "It's a really fun event. And we find the sportsmanship down here and the level of camaraderie here just first class."

The complete list of event winners were: Open Events: 1 -- Layne Noble; 2 -- Gilles Pilon; 3 -- Bill Adair; 4 -- Chris Kelly; 5 -- Paul Weedmark; 6 -- Marc Lalonde; 7 -- Blad; 8 -- Craig Skochinski; 9 -- Bill Smith; 10 -- Paul Wolfe; 11 -- Charles Flageole; 12 -- Bob Cousineau, 13 -- Chris Leighfield; Senior Events: 18 -- Bruce Delaney; 19 -- Reg Plaster; 20 -- Craig Rampton; 21 -- Dick Stoddart; 22 -- Jim Raina; Senator Events -- Gord Perry; Main Event -- Brian MacLennan (defended his title); 26 -- Ed Gardner; 27 -- Doug Stafford.

CITY NOTES

Dave Montone, Ray Pollock, Gerry Berthiaume and Lenny Lanois scored a fifth-end eight-ender Wednesday night at Richmond in their second game of the 'spiel ... People raved about the entertainment at the Friday night banquet -- Bowser and Blue...A young team from Philadelphia was in the bonspiel. Their skip, Mike Graziano, told people how curling's Olympic exposure brought 1,000 people out to his two-sheet club's open house. Graziano explained that it was hard to accommodate the existing membership with only two sheets.

CURLING THIS WEEK

On Sunday, TSN carries the Ford Worlds Women's final (5 p.m.) and Rogers 22 has the tape delayed World Financial Group Canadian Senior men's final (8 p.m.)

OCA NEWS

The Rideau's Tracy Samaan with Tanya Courchesne, Monique Quail and Ling Yue Hung earned the provincial title in the Trophy event in Kingsville on Sunday. They had to play through two tie-breakers after round-robin play to claim the title. In their first game, a five-ender clinched their win over Ilderton's Amie Shackleton. Her final against Orangeville's Kristy Russell went to an extra end, where the Ottawa curlers took a single for a 7-6 victory. This is Samaan's second Trophy title with Quail. The skip also played through illness during most of the event. The Arnprior rink of Jaimee Gardner lost her tie breaker to Russell earlier.

ODDS AND ENDS

The Queen's Golden Gaels rink of Jon Buek, Andrew Inouye, Chadd Vandermade and Scott Chadwick won the 2010 CIS/CCA University Curling Championships in Edmonton on March 14. They'll curl for Canada at the Winter Univarsiade from Jan. 26-Feb. 7, 2011. in Erzurum, Turkey. The Gaels defeated the University of Prince Edward Island 7-6 in the final.

JOE@HOGLINECURLING.COM


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