Windsor curlers capture Nunn and Bateman Cups

Dan Boyd
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In a rivalry that stretches back decades, the Windsor and Chester curling clubs were competing for both the Nunn and Bateman Cups in Chester March 9, and in Windsor for the Bateman Championship on March 18. 

Windsor curlers, consisting of four mixed individual teams, won all four games in Chester to win the Nunn Cup.  

To win either championship, it takes more than winning because the total scores of the four teams from Windsor are added up, likewise for Chester, to determine a champion.  

Back in Windsor on March 18, Richard Barker's rink from Windsor won 7-5 after being tied at three after four ends.  

Barker trailed 5-3 after five ends despite making a brilliant shot to draw into the four-foot circle ahead of two Chester rocks. 

Jeff Morden, from Chester, knocked Barker's stone out to take that 5-3 lead. Merril Beach, of Windsor, and the Dennis Stevens rink tied at 6-6 in their eight-end affair. The rinks were also tied at 3-3 after four.  

To finish the fifth end, Beach made a great attempt at a double takeout that seemed right on the money, but did not quite have enough weight. Beach had to settle for knocking only a single rock out.  

Chester scored with a nice shot in the four-foot to take two, and the teams came out of the fifth end tied at four. 

Garth Scott's rink from Windsor had the biggest comeback of the evening as Scott trailed Ian Phinney 6-3 after four ends, only to rally and outscore Phinney 7-2 in the final four for a 10-8 margin of victory.  

Windsor won the Bateman Cup in total points 46-19 but a large reason for that was Andrew Watson's demolition of the Rhys Harnish rink from Chester by a score of 23-0. 

The Windsor Curling Club will wrap up their 2013-14 season with their closing year-end bonspiel the weekend of March 29-30.

 

Organizations: Windsor Curling Club

Geographic location: Windsor, Chester

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