St. Vital captures clubs title

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 10:52 AM ET

He emerged as the champion amongst city champions.

St. Vital's Andrew Atkinson stole three in the last end, thanks to a long raise-takeout with his last brick, to beat Granite's Bob Sigurdson 9-6 in the men's final of the fifth annual Winnipeg Curling Clubs Championships at the Charleswood Curling Club last night.

"We pulled that one out of our butts, that's for sure," said Atkinson, supported by third Butch Chammartin (replacing an injured Dave Lemoine), second Murray Armstrong and Jim Pratcshler. "They out-curled us all night but we came through when we had to. Before this, the most exciting thing I ever won was the zones in 1985."

FORT GARRY SENIOR CHAMPS

Atkinson, who defended the title earned by clubmate Doug Riach last year, earned $1,000 while Sigurdson settled for $500.

Meanwhile, Fort Garry's Al Recksiedler sunk St. Vital's Lorne Cox 7-4 to capture the inaugural senior men's city title.

"It feels great, unreal," said Recksiedler supported by third Roger Bobula, Brian Prodanuk and Norm Dumontet. "The boys played real well for me all week."

Both a senior men's and a senior women's city championship were added to the Winnipeg Curling Clubs Championship for the first time.

"This is really, really good," said Recksiedler, who earned $250. "The only thing is it would be nice if all the qualifiers got some cash."

COX GOT $100.

In the senior women's final, Heather's Marlene Murray downed Charleswood's Liz Harrison 9-2 to win $150 while Harrison got $100.

"It feels really great and I'm glad they did this," said Murray, supported by third Myra Macoomb, second Angela Trombo and Peggy Poleschuk. "Senior women really need something like this at the end of the year."

The 2007 championships will be held at the West Kildonan Curling Club, April 9-14.

BITER: The Manitoba Curling Association has officially confirmed Morris as the site for the 2007 women's provincial championship, now to be known as the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, Jan. 24-28. Because the Winnipeg Grand Slam is expected to be held in early January once again, it will not conflict. The Manitoba Curling Tour championships will likely move to December to avoid several conflicts.


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