OTTAWA - Three Bonspiels and a Wedding.
It could be a new curling movie about Team Hanna.
On Sunday, Jenn Hanna with Pascale Letendre, Steph Hanna and Trish Scharf won their third straight cashspiel at the Challenge Casino Lac Leamy with a come-from-behind steal for an 8-7 win over Marie-France Larouche.
While three of the four teammates have small children and with Steph getting married Nov. 26, curling is not the major priority right now.
“We all understand each other’s priorities because we all have little kids.” said Jenn Hanna. “We all have family commitments that are greater than anything else in our lives, including curling. It’s nice to be able to play with other people who understand that.”
But why the string of wins?
“I am comfortable with sister Steph and I have played for a while with Trish,” said Hanna.
Reuniting with Letendre (who threw pistols during their entire 2005 Scotties campaign) may be the key.
“Really from Game 1, playing with Pascale again, we slid back to where we were a few years ago,” said Hanna.
Ironically, the team that used to practise every day can’t anymore. But they have been on the ice more this season than in the recent past starting with an August summer league.
Still, with six kids ranging in age from eight months to eight years, there is plenty of juggling to do.
With their $9,350 in winnings, their next event in November, followed by Scotties playdowns, may be child’s play.
On the men’s side, Jean-Michel Menard took an extra end to beat the Sault’s Brad Jacobs 7-6 with a steal in the final end.
Menard, a two-time winner of this event and a two ’spiel winner so far, took home $9,000, while Jacobs settled for $6,500. The Open section $1,500 winner was Ottawa’s Brain Lewis with Jeff McCrady, Steve Doty and Graham Sinclair.
After the Dominion Curling Club combined zones and regions, Ken Sullivan, Micheline Baker, Paul Bourne and Judy Valberg advance to the provincial championships and a chance to make the national championships in Richmond, B.C.
GIVE IT A GO
People wishing to try wheelchair curling and curling for the blind or vision impaired are invited to the RA Centre this Sunday. There is no charge if you register ahead of time with Bruce Cameron at 613 247-7290. It starts at 2:30.
TWO TIERS COMING
A recent CCA press release announcing the site of the 2013 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors also described how a new system will operate to give all CCA member associations a chance to send their own reps to nationals. The CCA will add the best cumulative won-lost records over three years to send 10 teams to the nationals. A one-day double knockout with the remaining three squads and a team from Nunavut will determine two more nationals-bound teams. Twelve, not 13 teams like now, will compete. Pundits think a similar system will eventually be used for all national championships.
The Pembroke Fall Open Cashspiel is looking for teams for its Nov. 24-27 event. There is $1,000 available to the A winner for the $260 entry fee. To enter, e-mail Carl Zieroth: at email@example.com.