Westcott earns 13th trip to provincial senior champs

KIRK PENTON, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 10:20 AM ET

Ron Westcott is off to the Manitoba senior men's curling championship for the 13th time in his 15 years of eligibility.

The Fort Rouge curler went undefeated over the weekend to capture one of five Winnipeg zone titles yesterday at West Kildonan Curling Club. He locked up his spot with a 10-2 win over Assiniboine Memorial's Lou Girard in a B final.

"When you're 65, it's nice to think you can still compete," Westcott said.

Fort Rouge's Clare DeBlonde was the only other undefeated curler in the city zones.

DeBlonde downed Fort Rouge's Pat Carson 9-2 in a B final to clinch his berth.

The provincial championship will be held Feb. 25 to March 1 in Brandon, and it will include the top two city seeds who both needed victories in their respective A-B finals yesterday afternoon.

Top seed Vic Peters of the Granite needed only five ends to defeat Victoria's Jim Conacher 9-2, while No. 2 seed Bob Sigurdson of Fort Garry, in his first year of senior play, beat Pembina's Ken Lowdon 6-4.

Pembina's Lionel Walz clinched the other berth with a 6-4 win over the Granite's Jamie Hay, also in an A-B final.

FREE RIDES: A senior women's rural zone was added to the city zone playdowns due to a lack of entries.

As a result, the following five city teams earned provincial berths without throwing a single rock: Elaine Owen, Deb McCreanor, Chris Scalena and Deborah Popovic, all of Fort Garry, and Granite's Darlene Maywood.

The provincials will be held alongside the senior men's in Brandon.


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