McDougall travels long road

KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:44 AM ET

The drive from Altona to Souris is 255 kilometres.

Speaking of long roads, the one that Souris' Joyce McDougall took to her second consecutive Manitoba senior women's curling title in Altona yesterday probably felt a lot longer than that.

Yesterday's 9-6 championship win over Minnedosa's Jean Garbolinsky capped a furious two days of winning for the McDougall foursome, which will represent the province at the national championship in Trois-Rivieres, Que., next month.

Firstly, McDougall had to beat Arlene Deprez of Stonewall 10-5 in a tiebreaker on Sunday just to get into the 2-vs-2 Page playoff game.

Secondly, she had to beat her former teammate, Fort Rouge's Linda Van Daele, 9-6 in the 2-vs-2 game on Sunday night.

Thirdly, she had to upend Morris' Chris Scalena 6-4 in yesterday morning's semifinal.

'TOUGHER THIS WAY'

Finally, she had to roar back from a 4-1 deficit after six ends in yesterday afternoon's final to hoist the hardware for the third time in the last four years.

"Oh, man. It's really a lot tougher this way, I'll tell you," McDougall said from somewhere on their 255-km journey home.

"I don't think there's a bone in our body that doesn't ache tonight, but it's well worth it."

McDougall scored three in the seventh to tie the match and then stole two in the eighth to go up 6-4. Garbolinsky made it 6-6 with a pair in the ninth, but McDougall made a successful hit with her final rock in the 10th to win it.

"We were not playing well, so on the fifth end break we had a little chat," McDougall said.

"We were weak. We just had to get determination and buck up and do it."

McDougall's foursome, which also includes Karen Dunbar, Pam Horn and Lynn Locke, dedicated the win to its former third, Helen Fenwick, who had to miss the season for medical reasons, and to Neil Andrews, the former two-time senior men's champ from Brandon who passed away Feb. 17.

Horn's husband, Jim, played with Andrews when they won the province in 2004.


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