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Windsor's fall curling cashspiel a resounding success


WINDSOR – Approximately 90 curlers, including some of the very best in the province, converged on the Windsor Curling Club recently to compete in the 2014 Spitfire Arms Curling Cashspiel.

Tournament chairperson Richard Barker, of Falmouth, said he is already looking forward to next year. He said plans are underway to expand the tournament to 20 teams, from 16, by starting the tournament on a Friday afternoon instead of on a Saturday morning.

Barker’s team went 3-0 in the round-robin portion of their schedule on Nov. 29 but ended up losing to Peter Burgess, from the Halifax area, in the men’s tournament consolation semi-final game. He lost Sunday morning by a score of 8-5.

“We had one bad end, allowing four in the fifth to Burgess, as we made two bad shots,” Barker told the Journal.

His team trailed 7-5 going to the eighth end. He placed two rocks in the 12-foot circle, which Burgess either had to dislodge or place a shot of his own in the four- to eight-foot circles.

Burgess made an excellent draw to win.

Jocelyn Nix, from Hants West, and Shelley Barker, of Falmouth, lost in the women’s semi-final to Mary-Anne Arsenault. However, it took an extra end as the clubs were tied 5-5 after eight ends.

Nix, who curled out of Glooscap for 30 years before making Hants County her home this summer, described Arsenault’s shot as a “pistol” when she scored on her final shot for a 6-5 verdict.

Arsenault went on to defeat Colleen Pinkney’s rink from Truro 6-4.

On the men's side of things, Glenn MacLeod defeated a team from Wolfville 5-4 to claim the men’s championship game.

Courtney Smith, of the Windsor Curling Club, was on the Marg Cutcliffe team. They did not fare so well, as they went 0-3 in the round-robin Saturday and did not advance to the playoff round on Sunday.

Both championship teams took home $1,200 in cash, while the runners-up received cheques for $900.

Tournament chairperson Richard Barker, of Falmouth, said he is already looking forward to next year. He said plans are underway to expand the tournament to 20 teams, from 16, by starting the tournament on a Friday afternoon instead of on a Saturday morning.

Barker’s team went 3-0 in the round-robin portion of their schedule on Nov. 29 but ended up losing to Peter Burgess, from the Halifax area, in the men’s tournament consolation semi-final game. He lost Sunday morning by a score of 8-5.

“We had one bad end, allowing four in the fifth to Burgess, as we made two bad shots,” Barker told the Journal.

His team trailed 7-5 going to the eighth end. He placed two rocks in the 12-foot circle, which Burgess either had to dislodge or place a shot of his own in the four- to eight-foot circles.

Burgess made an excellent draw to win.

Jocelyn Nix, from Hants West, and Shelley Barker, of Falmouth, lost in the women’s semi-final to Mary-Anne Arsenault. However, it took an extra end as the clubs were tied 5-5 after eight ends.

Nix, who curled out of Glooscap for 30 years before making Hants County her home this summer, described Arsenault’s shot as a “pistol” when she scored on her final shot for a 6-5 verdict.

Arsenault went on to defeat Colleen Pinkney’s rink from Truro 6-4.

On the men's side of things, Glenn MacLeod defeated a team from Wolfville 5-4 to claim the men’s championship game.

Courtney Smith, of the Windsor Curling Club, was on the Marg Cutcliffe team. They did not fare so well, as they went 0-3 in the round-robin Saturday and did not advance to the playoff round on Sunday.

Both championship teams took home $1,200 in cash, while the runners-up received cheques for $900.

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