It was another triumphant performance for the Yarmouth team of Dave MacDougal and Paul Doucet, who captured gold in the open division at the recent Canadian stick curling championships on Prince Edward Island.
The national title goes along with the Nova Scotia championship Doucet and MacDougal won this past winter in New Glasgow, their third Nova Scotia title in the last four years.
The nationals were held in Cornwall, P.E.I., where Doucet and MacDougal clinched the gold by defeating Leslie Hardy and Glen Betts, from the Western Community Curling Club in Alberton, P.E.I., 6-1 in the title game of the open division.
Another Yarmouth team was among the medallists in the open division, as John Cameron and Brian Nickerson won bronze by defeating Cornwall’s Roddie MacLean, who was teamed up with Haylett Clarke of Nova Scotia, 4-2.
Meanwhile, on the women’s side, the Yarmouth team of Lynn Doucette and Patti Simpson finished fourth, losing 10-3 in the bronze-medal game to the Cornwall team of Etta Reid and Elaine Hughes.
Pauline Bullerwell and Diane Mallinson of Yarmouth – the reigning Nova Scotia stick curling women’s champions – did not make the playoffs at the nationals.
Stick curlers from this end of the province have done very well in competition in recent years and the sport is becoming more popular.
Stick curling is a modified form of curling for players who may have a bad back or knee trouble or other mobility or flexibility issues.