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Windsor Curling Club hosts high-calibre women’s teams during weekend tournament

The team from PEI (yellow/orange) took on a team from New Brunswick (blue) in the final game of the Time Hortons-Spitfire Arms Cashspiel.
The team from PEI (yellow/orange) took on a team from New Brunswick (blue) in the final game of the Time Hortons-Spitfire Arms Cashspiel. - Colin Chisholm

WINDSOR, N.S. - The Windsor Curling Club knows a thing or two about making its mark.

Tournament director Richard Barker said following weekend play, “any time you can bring 20 of the highest calibre women’s teams from across Canada into Windsor and award more than $10,000 in cash, it puts the Windsor Curling Club on the map and curlers only want to come back and play.”

Kendra Lister, of New Brunswick, watches her rock head down the ice during the final game of the cashspiel.
Kendra Lister, of New Brunswick, watches her rock head down the ice during the final game of the cashspiel.

He’s talking about the Tim Horton’s-Spitfire Arms Cashspiel that began Nov .23 and concluded Nov. 25 with the New Brunswick rink of Sylvie Robichaud defeating the Suzanne Birt foursome from Prince Edward Island 7-2 to claim $4,000 as the championship team.

“This tournament is the largest of this calibre of women’s curling anywhere in the world and (it) gets easier to organize every year because teams are calling… to enter,” said Barker.

Positions, he added, are typically filled by September.

The Sharon Sellars rink out of the Windsor Curling Club finished the tourney at 1-3, while Shelley Barker, from Falmouth, but who curls with the Kirsten MacDermid rink from the Lakeshore Curling Club in Sackville, settled for a 2-2 mark after losing a chance to advance to the semifinals on a draw to the button.

Julie McEvoy and former World Curling Champion Colleen Jones both lost in the semifinals of the three-day event.

Barker described the tournament as “a huge success."

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