Menard leads team to Classic victory

JOE PAVIA, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:26 AM ET

He loved the ice and it showed.

Jean-Michel Menard defeated Bryan Cochrane 7-2 in six ends in Monday's final of the Mac Ice Classic, and Menard clearly felt the playing conditions were ideal for his game.

"You can trust the ice, so it's way easier on the curler when you can believe in the shots you are making," Menard said after the game. He raved about the ice that forced Cochrane to throw against a well-stocked house of opposition rocks in many ends.

The fourth end was typical. Menard hit to lie three, leaving Cochrane with little choice but to take out one rock and allow a steal of two.

"Our first two tournaments we played in we were so-so," Menard said. "This is very encouraging for the rest of our schedule."

Menard's team took home $5,000 while Cochrane's earned $3,000.

Jenn Hanna's draw to the back four gave her Ottawa foursome a 5-4 win over Quebec's Marie-France Larouche in the women's Mac Ice final.

Hanna's team features some familiar faces in new positions -- her sister Stephanie has moved up from second to third, with Lee Merklinger now playing second. Newcomer Lauren Mann throws lead rocks.

Stephanie Hanna made a decisive triple in the last end to aid in the victory. The two Hannas, Merklinger and Mann won $2,000, while Larouche's team earned $1,200.

Menard advanced to the final after scoring four in the third en route to a 9-2 win over the talented Neil Sinclair junior team. In the other semi-final, Cochrane's soft hit for two in the 10th end gave him a 6-5 victory over Gilles Allaire. Sinclair and Allaire took home $2,000 each.

Hanna advanced to the championship in dramatic fashion, beating Rachel Homan in an extra end when Homan's attempted runback failed, giving Hanna a steal and a 5-4 victory. In the other semi, Sudbury skip Tracy Horgan's last shot picked, allowing Larouche to draw for two for a 6-5 win. The losing teams took home $800 each.

Other men's quarter-finalists, each winning $1,000, were Howard Rajala, Willie Jeffries, Francois Gagne and Travis Fanset. Women's quarter-finalists were Cheryl McBain, Robyn Mattie, Deb Karbashewski and Chantal Osborne, who each left with $600. Other money winners on the men's side were Pat Ferris, Matt Paul, Mike Jakubo, J.P. Lachance, Simon Dupuis, Robert Desjardins, Mike Stachon, Robert Desjardins and Mike Fournier, who each took home $1,000.

COACH MOURNED

Mike "Coach" Moore, a man dedicated to youth curling in the area, died last week at the age of 58. Former junior curler Sebastien Robillard said: "Mike never coached me, but after each event, he spoke to every player, and win or lose he said something different to every player. He always knew what to say."

HONOUR DUE

The Governor General's Curling Club will induct new members this Friday, including its first female members.

One woman is Ottawa's Marian Dupont, perhaps curling's greatest ambassador.

Other women include the Hon. Sylvia Fedoruk, former lieutenant governor of Saskatchewan, and the Hon. Mabel DeWare, a former senator. Newfoundlander Toby McDonald, Team Canada's coach, will also be inducted.

CURLING THIS WEEK

The JSI OVCA Junior Super Spiel qualifier takes place this weekend at the North Grenville Curling Club.


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