Cochrane's rockin' all over Ontario

JOE PAVIA -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:24 AM ET

Russell's Bryan Cochrane has seen a whole lot of Ontario in recent years.

Cochrane beat Renfrew's Damien Villard to win the A-side of the TSC Tankard Region 1 playdowns. Villard defeated Dave Murphy to capture the B-side on Sunday. Both winners head to the provincial finals.

Villard actually lives in Cambridge, but joined the Renfrew club so he could play in this area.

"We were kind of determined that if these guys were coming into our region thinking it was too easy, then we had to beat them," said Cochrane. "It took 13 years to get back (to the provincials) for the second time. Basically, I had given up really thinking I would ever get back now it's 10 in a row."

As to his chances of winning the Ontarios: "We are a better team this year than we were last year."

With just the Men's Challenge Rounds East and West left, the other teams advancing to the TSC Stores Tankard in Sarnia beginning February 12 are Villard, Wayne Middaugh, Wayne Warren, Glenn Howard, Greg Balsdon, Jim Lyle and Bob Stafford.

SCOTTIES SHAPING UP: In last weekend's Women's Challenge Rounds, Toronto's Alison Goring defeated Janet McGhee, who also lost the B-side final to Karen Bell. Goring, who won the national title in 1990, calls the game, but throws lead. The winners advance to the provincial championship Jan. 22 in Mississauga. Joining them will be Sara Harvey, Jenn Hanna, Jo-Ann Rizzo, Sherry Middaugh, Krista Scharf, Maggie Mazuka, Michelle Boland and Arynn Frantz.

OCA ZONES: In the Best Western Women's and Holiday Inn Men's Challenge, the winners were 1A -- Ruth Buckland and Kevin Holmes; B -- Laurie Gasior and Roger Gosselin; 2A -- Lori White and Ray Pollock; B -- Ann Jensen and Greg Bell; 3A -- Shirley Reddick and Ron Grozelle; B -- Barb Westgarth and Martin Chisholm. The Bantam boys and girls winners were 1A -- Geoff Spruit and Crystal Lillico; B -- Christian Mark and Stephanie Brown; 2A -- Neil Sinclair and Shannon Harrington; B --Ben McIntyre and Jamie Sinclair; 3A -- Peter Sinclair and Nicol McNiven; B -- Chris Lewis and Lynn Kreviazuk. In Tim Horton's Masters men's, the winners were 1A -- Earle Morris; B -- Reg Plaster; 2A -- Alan Chaplin and B -- Bill Comerford; 3A -- Steve Stefanison and B --Dick Stoddart.

STICKS AND STONES: The region's first two-person stick 'spiel took place last Friday. The victors, in order of placement, were Glenn McLeod and Don LaCroix, Stu Givens with Dom Murray, Ed Gardener and Bob McKenzie and in fourth, Paul Turenne with Bob Martin. Gord Wright and May Given won the consolation event.

LEATHER BABY: In Carleton Place, a few high-profile teams bonded in the Leatherworks Cashspiel on the weekend. Winning the A-event with his Brier team was Jean-Michel Menard, who was tuning up for the BDO Canadian Classic Open of Curling next weekend in Winnipeg. In the B to E events, the winners in order were Tim McCooeye, Robbie Robertson, Dwayne Lowe and Ray Jones.

DAWN OF A NEW ERA: Jennifer Jones recently dismissed her lead, Dana Alerton. The team just returned from Switzerland where Ottawa's Dawn Askin threw first rocks for the Manitoba squad. Askin was asked in mid-December to play because Alerton couldn't make it. Was Bern now an audition for Askin? Jones won't have to change the initials on her lead's locker door.

CURLING THIS WEEK: The Senior provincials began yesterday in Lindsay. Representing this area are Layne Noble, Joyce Potter, Roy Vallillee and Raja Wysocki.


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