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Colleen Jones wins Canadian title at home - seniors curling in Digby


DIGBY – Colleen Jones has won a Canadian curling title at home.

The skip of the Nova Scotia women’s seniors curling team had won the Scotties Tournament of Hearts six times and had been to three previous Canadian seniors championships, before winning the Everest Canadian Seniors in Digby this weekend.

“I had never won a Canadian title at home before and this makes it extra special,” said Jones. “Oh yeah this is home. All week long you see the friendly faces and people have been saying, “Hope you make it to the final” – you don’t get that when you’re not at home.”

Jones and Mary Sue Radford, Nancy Delahunt and Kim Kelly won the final against Saskatchewan's Sherry Anderson April 2 before a flag-waving home crowd wearing yellow sou’westers and sporting blue noses.

Family and friends leaned over the divide between the curling ice and the Everest Ice Bar to shower the team with warm hugs, high fives and kisses after a cool cool eight ends of curling.

Jones scored one with hammer in the first end and then stole singles in the next two to go ahead early.

By the eighth end Anderson, with the hammer, needed three stones in the rings but the Nova Scotia women kept clearing house.

Saskatchewan was sitting two near the button with one stone left but Jones shot a double take out for the win.

“This feels amazing,” said Jones. “To be going back to the Worlds is a dream come true. We’re a bunch of 56-year-old women still living our dream.”

Jones credits Nova Scotia’s win to good old fashioned hard work – she said they practiced and played more this year and showed up ready to play at Canadians.

“I thought we were hot right away this week,” she said. “I liked the ice, everybody was throwing great. That’s when you know the magic’s there.”

WORLDS

The win qualifies Jones and the Nova Scotia squad to compete for Canada at the World Senior Curling Championships in Lethbridge, Alberta in April 2017.

“I’m feeling really good about our chances for Worlds. We’ve got a year to prepare, to plan our schedule. We know where the finish line is.”

Jones won the World Championships in 2001 and 2004 but this is her first trip to the World Seniors.

On the men's side

Ontario's Bryan Cochrane beat Manitoba's Randy Neufeld 6-3 in the men's final.

Nova Scotia's Alan O'Leary lost his semi final game against Neufeld in the morning 11-5 but bounced back to win the bronze medal game 7-5 over Bob Ursel of British Columbia.

O’Leary, Andrew Dauphinee, Danny Christianson and Harold McCarthy of the Dartmouth Curling Club won the first six games of the weeklong curling spiel but then lost four of the next five.

[Nova Scotia teams advance: Everest Canadian Seniors curling in Digby moving on to championship round, March 30]

“We were tired I guess,” said O’Leary. “Maybe we put too much pressure on ourselves. We realized Thursday night we were into the semifinals and I don’t know if that was part of it. Friday we had a couple of terrible games.

“And the other teams were playing great.”

DARC

Digby Area Recreation hosted 14 men’s and 14 women’s teams from March 28 to April 2 on five sheets of curling ice in the Digby arena and three sheets in the Digby curling club.

This is the second time Digby has hosted the Canadian Seniors curling championship – 24 teams competed here in 2011.

A study showed that curling spiel injected $400,000 into the local economy.

jriley@digbycourier.ca

The skip of the Nova Scotia women’s seniors curling team had won the Scotties Tournament of Hearts six times and had been to three previous Canadian seniors championships, before winning the Everest Canadian Seniors in Digby this weekend.

“I had never won a Canadian title at home before and this makes it extra special,” said Jones. “Oh yeah this is home. All week long you see the friendly faces and people have been saying, “Hope you make it to the final” – you don’t get that when you’re not at home.”

Jones and Mary Sue Radford, Nancy Delahunt and Kim Kelly won the final against Saskatchewan's Sherry Anderson April 2 before a flag-waving home crowd wearing yellow sou’westers and sporting blue noses.

Family and friends leaned over the divide between the curling ice and the Everest Ice Bar to shower the team with warm hugs, high fives and kisses after a cool cool eight ends of curling.

Jones scored one with hammer in the first end and then stole singles in the next two to go ahead early.

By the eighth end Anderson, with the hammer, needed three stones in the rings but the Nova Scotia women kept clearing house.

Saskatchewan was sitting two near the button with one stone left but Jones shot a double take out for the win.

“This feels amazing,” said Jones. “To be going back to the Worlds is a dream come true. We’re a bunch of 56-year-old women still living our dream.”

Jones credits Nova Scotia’s win to good old fashioned hard work – she said they practiced and played more this year and showed up ready to play at Canadians.

“I thought we were hot right away this week,” she said. “I liked the ice, everybody was throwing great. That’s when you know the magic’s there.”

WORLDS

The win qualifies Jones and the Nova Scotia squad to compete for Canada at the World Senior Curling Championships in Lethbridge, Alberta in April 2017.

“I’m feeling really good about our chances for Worlds. We’ve got a year to prepare, to plan our schedule. We know where the finish line is.”

Jones won the World Championships in 2001 and 2004 but this is her first trip to the World Seniors.

On the men's side

Ontario's Bryan Cochrane beat Manitoba's Randy Neufeld 6-3 in the men's final.

Nova Scotia's Alan O'Leary lost his semi final game against Neufeld in the morning 11-5 but bounced back to win the bronze medal game 7-5 over Bob Ursel of British Columbia.

O’Leary, Andrew Dauphinee, Danny Christianson and Harold McCarthy of the Dartmouth Curling Club won the first six games of the weeklong curling spiel but then lost four of the next five.

[Nova Scotia teams advance: Everest Canadian Seniors curling in Digby moving on to championship round, March 30]

“We were tired I guess,” said O’Leary. “Maybe we put too much pressure on ourselves. We realized Thursday night we were into the semifinals and I don’t know if that was part of it. Friday we had a couple of terrible games.

“And the other teams were playing great.”

DARC

Digby Area Recreation hosted 14 men’s and 14 women’s teams from March 28 to April 2 on five sheets of curling ice in the Digby arena and three sheets in the Digby curling club.

This is the second time Digby has hosted the Canadian Seniors curling championship – 24 teams competed here in 2011.

A study showed that curling spiel injected $400,000 into the local economy.

jriley@digbycourier.ca

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