March 30, 2010
Changes in store for local rinks
By JOE PAVIA, QMI Agency
Some Ottawa-based tour players are on the move for next season.
The womenís side will get interesting because Rachel Homan and two of her junior teammates are now too old for youth competitions. Homan, third Emma Miskew and second Alison Kreviazuk will be national-calibre opponents on the female circuit. The lead position is still vacant.
Jenn Hanna has decided to take next season off, as has her teammate, Stephanie Hanna. Stephanie is not playing because she doesnít want to hook up with southern Ontario players.
Homanís two still-of-age junior players, second Laura Crocker and lead Lynn Kreviazuk, are joining the squad that they beat to win the Ontario juniors. They will be curling with Clancy Grandy and Sarah Wilkes from Guelph. Crocker is from the GTA.
Former Ontario junior champ Erin Morrissey of Ottawa is sticking with her womenís team from the Peterborough area, skipped by Lisa Farnell. The rink made it to the provincial Scotties this season. Another local player, Katrina Carr, will be throwing second for Janet McGhee, who plays out of Uxbridge.
Marie-France Laroucheís lead, Gatineauís Joelle Sabourin, is playing locally with the western Quebec team skipped by Chantal Osborne.
On the menís side, the two nationally ranked Ottawa players, Craig Savill and Jean-Michel Menard, are sticking with their current squads.
Bryan Cochrane is making some changes, but nothing is finalized yet. It looks like his Tankard runner-up team is undergoing revision.
Brian Lewis, who came out of retirement this season, is retiring again. His teammates are undecided, except for Jeff Norman, who is foregoing next seasonís competitive grind.
Chris Gardner, whose team has made it to the Ontario Tankard the past two years, is changing his roster. Greg Balsdon second, Don Bowser, will now vice for Gardner, while his third Brad Kidd moves to second and Simon Barrick takes over at lead. Rick Allenís team is staying put.
More changes are coming next week.
Mixed regional winners were: 1A ó Steve Allen and B ó Chris Gardner. Senior mixed skips advancing to provincials are: 1A ó Serge Dennis and B ó Layne Noble.
Odds & ends
Colleen Jones is coming out of retirement. The six-time Canadian Scotties winner and two-time world champion will skip Heather Smith-Dacey and two young curlers ó Bliss Comstock and Teri Lake. Comstock is a national junior champion and represented Nova Scotia at the Scotties with Lake Ö The Perry Spiel is looking for teams. The open format runs April 18-25. Four games are guaranteed. Thereís $15,000 in prizes. Visit www.ottawacurlingclub.com.
Curling this week
The junior and bantam mixed starts Wednesday in Ilderton. Junior teams from this area are: David Mathers (Carleton Place) and Ritchie Gillan (Ottawa). Local bantams are: Tyler Sagan (City View) and Ryan McCrady (Almonte).