Delaney turns back clock

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:28 AM ET

It's silver and gold for Bruce Delaney at the City of Ottawa International Bonspiel.

The Royal Canadian Navy Curling Club skip first won the event as a lead in 1979, then as a skip in 1980 -- the tournament's silver anniversary.

Last night, he added a championship in the event's golden 50th.

With his 9-6 victory over home team Ken Campbell last night in the championship game at the Ottawa Curling Club, the 51-year-old Delaney has put his name on the Grand Aggregate shield in four different decades.

He's the king of longevity at this event, like Gordie Howe during his professional hockey career.

"I'm not sure he knew when to quit. I think I'm going to know when to quit pretty soon," said Delaney.

His first win came in 1979 as lead on Don MacLean's squad out of the Navy club.

Delaney won four titles as a skip in the 1980s, and two more in the '90s as a vice, first in 1991 with Wayne Tallon and then in 1994 with Ron Diguer. He is the only skip to win consecutive titles, in '80 and '81.

"Four different decades. I don't really want to advertise that because then you really know how old you are," said Delaney, who is eligible to play in the senior division of the event.

"It's kind of a nice thing. I don't think that will ever be broken," he said.

Delaney broke open a tight game in the ninth end with his final shot.

He took about five minutes deciding what to throw, but he nailed the shot.

Facing a Campbell stone that was buried behind cover in the back four-foot and down by a point, Delaney completed a raise takeout to score four to take a commanding lead.

He and teammates Mike Abbott, Greg Dunn and George Mitchell ran Campbell's squad out of rocks in the 10th to seal the win.

"It's a fun thing," said Delaney. "It's not as competitive as it used to be, but we've played some great teams."

In the seniors championship, Dick Stoddart of Richmond downed Gary Smith's Ottawa club rink 7-2.

John Leafloor of City View took the senators division (65 years old and over) over Mike Trepanier of the Nepean Sportsplex.

POTTER 2-0: At East St. Paul, Man., Joyce Potter of the Rideau Curling Club is 2-0 after the first day at the Canadian senior championships. Potter and teammates Muriel Potter, Janelle Sadler and Bonnie Morris beat Albertba 8-7 in an extra end and Quebec 10-5.


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