February 22, 2011
Noble effort from curling champs
By JOE PAVIA, QMI Agency
OTTAWA - They are truly Masters in their field.
Joyce Potter and Layne Noble took top spot in their respective sections at the Tim Hortons Ontario Masters on the weekend at Gravenhurst.
Potter’s victory comes less than a month after she claimed the Ontario senior title with the same rink — Diana Favel, Jennifer Langley and Brenda Moffitt.
There are no playoffs in the Masters (ages 60 and over) competition — the team that comes first in the round-robin gets the banner. Potter went undefeated at 7-0.
Noble, with his rink of Rick Bachand, Randy Garland and Cal Hegge, ended up in a tie-breaker after finishing at 8-1. Noble then defeated 2010 national masters champion Mike Dorey of Guelph 5-1 in the tie-breaker to claim the title.
Potter’s rink is now off to Digby, N.S., for the national senior championship, which begins March 19. She and Noble are then off to the national masters championship, which starts March 30 in Winnipeg. The Richmond Curling Club is holding a sendoff for Potter’s rink Thursday at 8:30 p.m. because both Langley and Moffitt curl there as well. Everyone is invited.
In Tim Hortons Colts and Trophy play, zone winners were: 1A — Carol Fraser and Billy Woods; B — Lisa Lalonde and Greg Higgs; 2A — Tracy Samaan and Dan Caron; B — Laura Payne and Matt Paul; 3A — Jaimee Gardiner and Albert Cole; B — Dennis Elgie; 4A — Pauline Bakonyi and Dennis Murray; B — Sharon Leitch and Brian Brose.
Ottawa’s Lauren Horton and her teammates Andrea Sinclair, Cassandra Lewin and Jessica Armstrong won the bronze medal for Ontario at the Canada Winter Games in Halifax, defeating Nova Scotia 6-2. Their coach was Tom Sinclair. The B.C. squad that beat Horton in the semi-final won gold.
The Canadian Curling Association and Tim Hortons have reached an agreement that will see the coffee shop chain remain the title sponsor of the Brier through 2014. Tim’s will also sponsor the 2013 Olympic Curling Trials ... The CCA has unveiled a new member association competition in which all 14 member jurisdictions (the 10 provinces, three territories and Northern Ontario) will be awarded points for how they finished at eight national championships, including the TMX Wheelchair championship. The winner will be awarded the Dominion Cup presented by TSN, while the jurisdiction that makes the best year-to-year improvement will get the Governor’s Cup. This friendly rivalry has begun with Saskatchewan on top with 35 points, largely because of its two junior titles this year. Ontario sits in fifth spot with 30 points.