In 2013 Ralph Stoffers and I (Bill Arthur) teamed up with Port Hope’s Stan Zuly to compete in the District Novices Championship. We won the District title and went on to reach the quarter finals in the Provincial Championships. However that was Ralph’s last year as a novice so Stan and I recruited Oshawa’s John MacKenzie to the team. The District 14 play downs were held at Lindsay over the weekend and I’m pleased to report that we won the District championship and will now compete at the Provincials in Sarnia next month.
There were four teams competing so it was a round robin to determine the winners. We won our first game against the Lindsay team but then lost our second game against the Pickering team. We were trailing them 6-10 when play was suspended on Saturday because of heavy rain. When play resumed on Sunday they closed out the game winning by 4 points. So at that stage we were 1-1, Lindsay was 0-2, Pickering was 1-1 and Oshawa was 2-0. In the final round Pickering beat Lindsay to finish 2-1 and we comprehensively beat Oshawa to finish 2-1. That meant Pickering , Oshawa and us all finished 2-1 and seven end tie breakers would be required. We drew a bye to go straight into the final and Pickering beat Oshawa and therefore played us in the final 7 end tie breaker. In a close game we were tied 4-4 after 5 ends but a 2 in the sixth end and 1 in the final end gave us a 7-4 win to qualify for the Provincials. (pictured are l-r lead John McKenzie, skip, Stan Zuly and vice Bill Arthur).
In our latest open tournament on Thursday August 14th six teams from Peterborough, Whitby, Oshawa, Trenton and Campbellford competed against six Cobourg teams in a mixed triples tournament sponsored by Scotiabank. On an unseasonably cold day which felt more like a fall day the teams each played 3 twelve end games. The Cobourg teams got off to a slow start with only two teams winning their opening game, those skipped by Jean Livingston and me. Norm Hancock’s Whitby team was in top place after the first round and they consolidated their position in the second round with a 14-8 win against my team. Two other teams had perfect records after two games, Larry Wilson’s Trenton Team and Sylvia Poulain’s Cambellford team. Hancock played Poulain in the top game in the third round and had a narrow win by 12-11 to claim the Scotiabank trophy
After his success in the previous open tournament Ron Covert, playing with Vince Tamburello and Marlene Randall, was again in the money with the prize for the highest one game win. Well done Marlene in this her first open tournament.
The best placed Cobourg teams were Ralph Stoffers (fifth win 2 wins and 36 points and my team (6th with 2 wins and 35 points). I should point out that we did actually have another Cobourg member in the prize money. It was Geoff Montgomery but he was playing on Sylvia Poulain’s Canmpbellford team.
The full results are on the results page