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Windsor plays host to the Nova Scotia Mixed Curling Championships


WINDSOR — As one of the Top 4 seeds in the 2016 Nova Scotia Mixed Curling Championships, the defending champions from Windsor — the Doug MacKenzie rink — received a bye in Friday morning's opening draw.

Despite being well-rested, they fell behind early in their opening game to the Jonathan Crouse rink, from Dartmouth. However, they rallied with two sensational ends in the sixth and seventh to score a pair each time and win their opening game 6-4.

On March 5, they went up against the Paul Flemming rink from the Mayflower Curling Club in Halifax. Flemming, a two-time defending Canadian champion, defeated them 4-3.

In their third game of the tournament, the MacKenzie rink, comprised of skip Doug MacKenzie, second Liz Woodworth, third Richard Barker and lead Shelley Barker, fell 7-6 to the Brent MacDougall rink.

It was a game where the MacKenzie foursome did not curl well in the early stages — they fell behind 4-1 after three ends — only to rally and tie the game at 4-4 after five ends. MacDougall went ahead with a pair in the sixth to lead 6-4 before MacKenzie came back with two in the seventh to force a 6-6 tie.

MacDougall had the last stone in the eighth end and snuck away with the 7-6 win.

The loss for MacKenzie put him into an elimination game Sunday morning against the Stuart Thompson rink.

MacKenzie grabbed an early 2-0 lead before Thompson came back with two in the third, sixth and seventh ends to take a 6-5 lead.

MacKenzie scored the point his rink required in the eighth end to force a 6-6 tie and an extra end. Thompson scored the necessary point to win 7-6 and eliminate the MacKenzie rink from further playoff action.

Over four games played, MacKenzie managed to steal only four ends for five points.

 

Play continues Monday

The provincial tournament, which started March 4, is being held at the Windsor Curling Club.

Following the evening draw of March 6, three teams stood with 5-2 records while the Flemming rink was 4-2. Play is going to continue into Monday evening to determine the 2016 Nova Scotia mixed curling champion. Stay tuned to the Hants Journal’s website for more information.

 

Despite being well-rested, they fell behind early in their opening game to the Jonathan Crouse rink, from Dartmouth. However, they rallied with two sensational ends in the sixth and seventh to score a pair each time and win their opening game 6-4.

On March 5, they went up against the Paul Flemming rink from the Mayflower Curling Club in Halifax. Flemming, a two-time defending Canadian champion, defeated them 4-3.

In their third game of the tournament, the MacKenzie rink, comprised of skip Doug MacKenzie, second Liz Woodworth, third Richard Barker and lead Shelley Barker, fell 7-6 to the Brent MacDougall rink.

It was a game where the MacKenzie foursome did not curl well in the early stages — they fell behind 4-1 after three ends — only to rally and tie the game at 4-4 after five ends. MacDougall went ahead with a pair in the sixth to lead 6-4 before MacKenzie came back with two in the seventh to force a 6-6 tie.

MacDougall had the last stone in the eighth end and snuck away with the 7-6 win.

The loss for MacKenzie put him into an elimination game Sunday morning against the Stuart Thompson rink.

MacKenzie grabbed an early 2-0 lead before Thompson came back with two in the third, sixth and seventh ends to take a 6-5 lead.

MacKenzie scored the point his rink required in the eighth end to force a 6-6 tie and an extra end. Thompson scored the necessary point to win 7-6 and eliminate the MacKenzie rink from further playoff action.

Over four games played, MacKenzie managed to steal only four ends for five points.

 

Play continues Monday

The provincial tournament, which started March 4, is being held at the Windsor Curling Club.

Following the evening draw of March 6, three teams stood with 5-2 records while the Flemming rink was 4-2. Play is going to continue into Monday evening to determine the 2016 Nova Scotia mixed curling champion. Stay tuned to the Hants Journal’s website for more information.

 

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