January 26, 2011
Potter, Rajala come up big
By JOE PAVIA, QMI Agency
OTTAWA - Three Rideau rinks went through the ringer on the weekend.
Joyce Potter claimed her fourth Ontario senior women's title Sunday, defeating Marilyn Bodogh.
After forcing an extra end, Potter stole a single for the 10-9 victory. She trailed Bodogh, who hammered Potter 12-7 in the round-robin, 8-3 entering the seventh end. In the seventh, Potter hammered Bodogh with a three, then stole a deuce in the next end.
Potter's rink includes Diana Favel, Jennifer Langley and Brenda Moffitt.
In the men's senior final, the Rideau's Bryan Cochrane lost 9-5 to Toronto's Guy Racette after being the only team to beat Racette in the round-robin.
In the Challenge Round East, Howard Rajala and his Rideau team traded deuces with Wayne Middaugh before the Ottawa rink scored a single in the 10th to post a 7-6 victory and snatch the last spot in the Dominion Tankard.
Bantam regional squads advancing to March provincials: 1A -- Lauren Horton and Alex Cormier; B -- Evie Fortier and Jason Camm. In masters zone 3, the winners were: A -- Blake Wimperis; B -- Bob Walker.
OVCA MIXED RESULTS
Chris Gardner defended his title with his new team of Amber Moulton, Andrew Denny and Jessica Barcauskas. The senior event went to Ray Pollack. Other open event winners were: Event 2 -- Paul Madden; event 3 -- Jeff Cumming; event 4 -- Erin Morrissey. Other senior event winners were: Event 2 -- Emile Robert, event 3 -- Louis-Marie Pommainville. The two recreational section winners were Bruce Cameron and Greg Harris.
This is a good news/bad news story. The popular Curlingzone website was attacked and wiped out about 10 days ago. Until webmaster Gerry Geurts can retrieve data, the site is dormant. Geurts reports that the cost will be close to $10,000. Curling sponsor, Capital One, has pledged $5,000 in matching dollar-for-dollar donations. A donate button is on the makeshift website ... The Ottawa Curling Club will have a sendoff Wednesday at 6 p.m. for Mat Camm as he heads to the national junior championships, which begin Saturday in Calgary.