Charette rink performs some cashspiel magic

JOE PAVIA -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:31 AM ET

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Pierre Charette came out of the A side, going undefeated on the weekend, to beat Omemee's John Epping 12-5 in eight ends on Monday to end the Mac Ice Classic at the RCMP Curling Club.

Tied at a deuce apiece in the fourth, the ice got a little faster, causing both Epping and Team Charette's last-rock thrower Martin Ferland to throw deep. Epping missed both of his shots allowing Ferland to hit and stick to score three.

"Yeah, the fourth we were in real big trouble," said Charette, "He definitely had a chance to save the end and he was heavy."

While the Omemee rink countered with two in the next end, Charette took four in the sixth and bolstered his lead with another three in the eighth.

The young skip from the Peterborough area played well throughout the 'spiel, qualifying out of the B side.

"We played well," said Epping, who won $5,000. "I just got outplayed at skip. Charette is one of the smartest skips in the world.

"I'm definitely going to get outcalled by him because of my experience."

Besides splitting the $8,000 purse with Ferland, Phil Lemay and Marco Bertholet, Charette knows this win gets them closer to big-money Grand Slam events.

"It's a whole bunch of points on the World Tour ... it's pretty bunched up from 10th to 16th place so if we can muster some more wins and get in the top seven or eight, that's our goal."

Ferland came up with the back-end combination after watching Randy Ferbey and Dave Nedohin at the 2001 Ottawa Brier.

Said the skip: "I like playing with him. He's got a lot of confidence in my ice reading. When I convince him it's the right ice, he usually makes a lot of great shots."

In the semi-finals, Epping dominated Guy Hemmings, winning 9-1 in five ends on a couple of missed Hemmings throws. Team Charette beat a tenacious Team Mikes skipped by Quebec's Robert Dejardins 8-3 in nine.

The other qualifiers were Kingston's Noel Heron, Oakville's John Base, Guelph's Greg Balsdon and Ottawa's Willie Jeffries.

OUT OF TOWN GLORY: Ottawa's Pascale Letendre and Lee and Breanne Merklinger won the Weston Fall Classic last week and $4,500. The team is skipped by Janet McGhee from Uxbridge ... Neither Jenn Hanna nor Jean-Michel Menard made it out of the C side in their respective out-of-town events on the weekend.

JUNIOR RANKS: Team Sinclair from Manotick was presented with the Ontario Winter Games banner Saturday. Winning the Games earned the boys a chance to represent the province at the Canada Games next March in Whitehorse. Neil Sinclair, Graham Rathwell, Mat Camm and Andrew Hamilton were runners-up in their first two bonspiels this year. They share top spot on the Ontario Junior Curling Tour.


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