It was a clean sweep for PEI rinks in the final draw of the Canadian Stick Curling Championship at the Cornwall Curling Club, with host club rinks winning the Open and Women’s championship games, and the Open division Consolation final, and a Montague team taking the Bronze Medal game.
The Open Division (any combination of men and women) was won by the Paul Field/Roddie MacLean duo from Cornwall, who knocked off the defending champion Earl Stephenson/Warren Johnson twosome from Winnipeg by a 6-2 score.
Photo (L-R): Roddie MacLean, Paul Field
Photo (L-R): MacLean and Field with event organizer Shirley Lank
Photo (L-R): Earl Stephenson, Bob Leard of Stick Curling PEI and sponsor “Bob’s Stick”, Warren Johnson
The Open Division Bronze Medal game was won by Montague’s Floyd Stewart/Gordon MacDonald team, who beat the Carson and Miranne Shultz rink from Didsbury Alberta 6-5 in an extra end.
Photo (L-R): Floyd Stewart, Bob Leard (Stick Curling PEI outgoing President, and owner of sponsor Bob’s Stick), Gordon MacDonald
The Field/MacLean duo was also presented with crests in honour of scoring a “six-ender” during the event (equivalent to an “eight ender” in regular curling), by Bob Leard, owner of “Bob’s Stick”
Photo (L-R): Bob Leard, Roddie MacLean, Paul Field
The Open Division Consolation round was won by the Cornwall team of Vern Chowan and Grant Leard, who stole the last end to beat the Garth Stone and Ted Simonson team from Manitoba 4-3.
Photo (L-R): Vern Chowan, Grant Leard
The women’s event, new this year, was won by the hometown team of Ruth Stavert and Eileen Blanchard, who beat the Jean Marie Denning/Alye Lou McCarthy duo from Fredericton NB, coming from behind with a four point fifth end and a steal of one in the sixth for a 6-5 victory in the final.
Photo (L-R): Ruth Stavert, Bob Leard of Stick Curling PEI and Bob’s Stick, Eileen Blanchard
Photo: Denning and McCarthy with Bob Leard (centre), outgoing Stick Curling PEI President, and owner of “Bob’s Stick”
40 Open division and 10 Women’s division teams took part in the 9th annual Stick Curling Championship- this is the first time the event was held east of Winnipeg.
Next year’s championship will be held in St. Albert AB.