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  • Dates: Fri, March 13 to Sun, March 15, 2015
  • Host Club: Thistle St. Andrews Curling Club
  • Location: St. John, NB
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Miramichi men, Rexton ladies win Travellers Championships

Posted: Sunday, March 15th, 2015

SAINT JOHN – Curling fans at Thistle-St. Andrews Curling Club could be forgiven for thinking that “turnabout is fair play.”

Saturday afternoon, Mitch Downey, skip of TSA's men's rink in the 2015 New Brunswick Travellers Curling Club Championships, could only watch helplessly as Miramichi Curling Club skip Scott Ingersoll made a quiet tap to hand the hosts their first loss in the double-knockout event.

Sunday morning, it was Downey in the hack, facing his own tap of a Miramichi stone placed perfectly by Ingersoll on the button. Making it would force a winner-take-all showdown for the ultimate prize for New Brunswick's club curlers.

Downey released on target and with speed – too much speed, as it turned out.

The stone quietly slid by the Miramichi stone, giving the northern rink a single point in the final end, a 4-3 victory in the match, and the title of New Brunswick Travelers Curling Club Champions.

The Miramichi men (Ingersoll, mate Moe Gautreau, second Michael Prince, and lead Hubert Williston) will represent the province at the national Travelers Curling Club Championships this November in Ottawa.

They'll be joined by the ladies rink from the Rexton Curling Club. Paulette Girvan's Kent County rink came into Sunday's play needing to beat Anna Brinson's TSA team twice to take the title.

In the morning, Girvan narrowly made a hit for four in the seventh end to break open a close game and then ran the hosts out of rocks in the eighth to take a 9-5 win.

The decisive afternoon match swung wildly, with the teams tied at 5 after four ends following trades of singles and four-enders.

Girvan hit her way to three in the fifth, then forced Brinson to try a difficult draw to the four-foot for two in the sixth. She missed, scoring only one.

Girvan, mate Nicole Richard, second Jennifer Gallagher, and lead Denise Grant secured their win by scoring two in the seventh and running TSA out of stones in the eighth.

All four finalists secured their spots in today's draws with wins on Saturday evening. Miramichi beat Saint John's Carleton Curling Club (skipped by Dan O'Dell) 6-1; the TSA men knocked out Sackville Curling Club (Doug Oulton) 7-3; Rexton stole a 7-6 victory from Fredericton's Capital Winter Club (Shelly Graham); and the TSA ladies eliminated Curl Moncton (Laurie Donaher) 6-5.

The men's and ladies' consolation semi-finals also took place Saturday evening. In the ladies' draw, Woodstock Golf and Curling Club (Amy MacDonald) beat Rothesay's Riverside Country Club (Allison Chisholm) 8-3, while the Gladstone Curling Club (Nicole McCann) from Fredericton Junction downed Sackville (Nancy Oulton) 7-5.

In men's play, the Gage Golf & Curling Club (Todd Hill) beat St. Stephen Curling Club (Ken MacDonald) 9-7, while Florenceville Curling Club (Gerrit Elsinga) received a 1-0 win after Capital (Scott Archibald) forfeited.

Sunday morning, Gladstone beat Woodstock 7-5 for the ladies' consolation title, while Gage doubled Florenceville 8-4 for the men's consolation crown.

Miramichi men, TSA ladies earn spots in Travellers finals

Posted: Saturday, March 14th, 2015

SAINT JOHN – Shawn Ingersoll may never have thrown a more crucial shot than he did Saturday afternoon.

The skip of the team representing the Miramichi Curling Club came into the hack facing three Thistle-St. Andrews rocks preparing to throw his final stone. At stake, a spot in the final of 2015 New Brunswick Travellers Curling Club Championship.

Ingersoll's draw was true. It gently tapped back TSA skip Mitch Downey's last stone to rest comfortably on the button, securing Miramichi a 5-4 win and ensuring the rink a chance for a championship Sunday at Thistle-St Andrews.

Saturday morning, Miramichi defeated Grand Falls Curling Club (skipped by Laurie Leblanc) 7-4.

Ingersoll's team will play Carleton Curling Club (Dan O'Dell) Saturday at 8:00 PM, trying to eliminate the West Saint John team from the double-knockout tournment. TSA has a second chance to survive, taking on the Sackville Curling Club (Doug Oulton) in the Saturday night draw.

The winners of those two games will play Sunday at 9:00 AM. If Miramichi wins that morning game, they will win the championship – otherwise, they will play Sunday morning's winner at 1:30 PM for all the marbles.

In the ladies' competition, the TSA team, skipped by Anna Brinson, made a hit against two Capital Winter Club (Shelly Graham) stones and stuck around to score a point in the final end and secure an 8-5 victory over the Fredericton rink. The win guarantees the hosts a spot in Sunday's final.

Saturday morning, TSA beat Sussex Golf & Curling Club (Shelly Bronnum) 9-2.

TSA plays Curl Moncton (Laurie Donaher) Saturday at 8:00 PM, while Capital faces Rexton (Paulette Girvan). Both winners will meet Sunday at 9:00 AM. If TSA wins Sunday morning, they win the championship – if not they'll face the morning winner at 1:30 PM.

Friday evening on the men's side, Riverside Country Club (Spencer Mawhinney) downed Capital (Scott Archibald) 6-3; Rexton Curling Club (Brent Lawson) got by Sussex (Larry McKenna) 6-2; St Andrews's Heather Curling Club (Bill Brownrigg) beat Florenceville Curling Club (Gerrit Elsinga) 7-2; and Sackville defeated St. Stephen Curling Club (Ken MacDonald) 7-4.

In ladies' play, Sackville (Nancy Oulton) beat Riverside (Allison Chisholm) 6-4; Woodstock Golf & Curling Club (Amy MacDonald) downed Oromocto's Gage Golf & Curling Club (Cheryl Bulmer) 10-7; Rexton outshot St. Stephen (Jennifer MacDonald) 7-5; and Moncton beat the Gladstone Curling Club (Nicole McCann) from Fredericton Junction 7-2.

Saturday morning, TSA's men defeated Carleton 6-3 and Capital's ladies beat Grand Falls (Monique Masse) 5-3.

In men's championship action at lunchtime Saturday, Riverside swept aside Heather 10-1 and Sackville downed Rexton 9-6. Rexton beat Sackville 7-6 and Moncton beat Woodstock 8-7 in ladies' championship play.

In consolation games, Riverside's ladies beat St. Stephen 13-1, Gladstone's ladies won Sunbury County pride against Gage 8-2, Capital's men edged Moncton 8-7, and Gage's men downed Sussex 7-5.

In Saturday afternoon's men's play, Carleton defeated Riverside 7-1 and Sackville smashed Grand Falls 8-1. On the ladies' side, Moncton beat Grand Falls 8-5 while Rexton made an 8-7 extra-end escape against Sussex.

The latest results from Saturday and Sunday's matches will be available as they happen at http://www.nbcurling.com/livescore.htm.

The men's and ladies' champions will represent New Brunswick at the national Travellers Curling Club Championship this November in Ottawa.

TSA, Grand Falls teams start NB Travellers strongly

Posted: Friday, March 13th, 2015

SAINT JOHN – No such thing as home ice advantage in curling?

Try telling that to the rinks from Thistle-St. Andrews Curling Club, hosts of the 2015 New Brunswick Travellers Curling Club Championship.

The TSA mens' team, skipped by Mitch Downey, won both its opening games at championship for club curlers, downing Oromocto's Gage Golf and Curling Club (skip Todd Hill) 7-4 Friday morning and the Rexton Curling Club (Brent Lawson) 10-0 that afternoon.

Anna Brinson's ladies' TSA entry similarly dominated its first game, downing the Gladstone Curling Club (Nicole McCann) from Fredericton Junction 10-0.

The hosts aren't the only club to have both its entries undefeated after Friday, though. Both rinks from the Grand Falls Club won two games Friday.

Laurie Leblanc's mens' team stole a hard-fought 6-4 win from the Sussex Golf & Curling Club (Larry McKenna) before trouncing the Heather Curling Club (Bill Brownrigg) from St. Andrews 7-1. 

The Grand Falls ladies, skipped by Monique Masse, used a 9-3 lunchtime victory against the Gage (Cheryl Bulmer) as a springboard to an 8-7 victory against Rexton (Paulette Girvan), making a perfect split to take 3 in the final end.

The TSA and Grand Falls teams are not the only successful teams thus far in the modified double-knockout championship.

In other mens' action Friday morning, Fredericton's Capital Winter Club (Scott Archibald) beat Curl Moncton (Tim Forsythe) 6-1; Sackville Curling Club (Doug Oulton) downed Florenceville Curling Club (Gerrit Elsinga) 9-2; Heather beat Charlotte County rivals St. Stephen Curling Club (Ken MacDonald) 6-3; and Saint John's Carleton Curling Club (Dan O'Dell) got by Riverside Country Club (Spencer Mawhinney) of Rothesay 6-3.

Moncton (Laurie Donaher) defeated Riverside (Allison Chisholm) 8-4 in the other early ladies' game.

Lunchtime brought two other ladies' games. Rexton trounced the Woodstock Golf and Curling Club (Amy MacDonald) 8-2, while Capital (Shelly Graham) beat St. Stephen (Jennifer MacDonald) 9-3.

In other mens' afternoon play, Miramichi Curling Club (Shawn Ingersoll) edged Capital 6-5; Carleton beat Sackville 8-4; Florenceville stole a 5-3 win from Gage; and St. Stephen dodged Moncton 7-5. Sussex beat Moncton in ladies' play 7-5.

Scores from the Friday evening (9:00 PM) draw will be available at http://www.nbcurling.com/livescore.htm.

Play continues Saturday with draws at 9:00 AM, 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM, and 8:00 PM, with finals scheduled for Sunday. The mens' and ladies' champions will represent New Brunswick at the national Travellers Curling Club Championships at Ottawa in November.

Live, up-to-the-minute scores will be available all weekend from http://www.nbcurling.com/livescore.htm.

 

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