Stoughton on worldly mission

JOE PAVIA, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:38 PM ET

From the moment Team Jeff Stoughton got to London, Ont., for the Tim Hortons Brier, it was determined to reclaim the title for Manitoba.

When Stoughton arrives in Regina for the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship, he will want to reclaim the title he lost in Saint John, N.B., where he was runner-up to Scotland in 1999.

While basketball’s March Madness exhibited plenty of upsets, curling’s April Anguish shouldn’t yield the same results. Two Scandinavian rinks should present the biggest challenge to the Canucks — Norway (Thomas Ulsrud) and Sweden (Niklas Edin). Norway won Olympic silver and was runner-up at last year’s worlds. Sweden just missed bronze in Vancouver. Both Ulsrud and Edin play on the World Curling Tour, so they know swingy Canadian ice.

Tom Brewster’s Scottish squad is a darkhorse, but the rest will be out to pasture.

TSN will air Canada’s round-robin games, which begin Saturday at 3:30 p.m. The tournament ends Sunday April 10 with the final at 7 p.m.

SO CLOSE

The Rideau’s Team Joyce Potter came close to capturing the women’s title at the World Financial Group Canadian Seniors in Digby, N.S., on Sunday, but fell short to New Brunswick’s Heidi Hanlon 8-6. Potter was up two going into the eighth end. “Joyce was going for a double, but she went right through the hole, so I had a chance to draw for four,” explained Hanlon. That put New Brunswick up 7-5. Ontario counted a single in the ninth, forcing Hanlon to throw her last rock in the 10th. “(Potter) had one in the 12-foot, but it was pretty well open, so I hit it for the win,” said Hanlon. Potter had defeated Hanlon in the round-robin en route to a 9-2 record and first place to earn a direct berth in the final. Curling with Potter were Brenda Moffitt, Jennifer Langley and Diana Favel.

OCA RESULTS

The John Shea Insurance mixed regional winners were: 1A — Kerry Powell, B — Mark Homan ... The Canada Gold Whiskey regional senior mixed winners were: 1A — Mike Johansen, B — Ray Pollock ... The mixed junior and bantam provincials begin Wednesday in Dundas. Representing this area are: Geoff Spruit, Erik Bocsy, Lauren Horton and Natalie Hoffman. Navan’s Jason Camm is skipping a rink from Windsor.

BITERS

The RCMP rink of Kaitlyn Jones, Kayla MacMillan, Sarah Daviau and Calissa Daly won the OVCA Little Rock championship on Saturday ... Both Team Rachel Homan and Team Matt Camm will be competing at the Grey Power Players Championship in Grand Prairie, Alta., April 12-18 ... Ontario will be represented at the Canadian Masters in Winnipeg, March 30-April 5 by the Ottawa-area squad of Layne Noble, Rick Bachand, Randy Garland and Cal Hegge ... Manitoba won the Canadian Wheelchair Curling championship Sunday ... The Ottawa-area team of Lee Mantha, Joey Taylor, Mathieu Gravel and Darren McEwan won the Canadian Gay Curling Championship in Ottawa on the weekend ... Warning: There’s a new movie out called Curling. It has nothing to do with curling, so save your money.

joe@hoglinecurling.com


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