|Minister of State (Sport) Bal Gosal takes curling lesson|
|Wednesday, 26 September 2012 07:15|
by Joe Pavia
Canadian Minister of State (Sport) Bal Gosal tried curling for the first time at the Ottawa Curling Club on Tuesday September 25,2012. World Champion Craig Savill of Team Glenn Howard explains some details of the sport to Gosal. (Errol McGihon/Ottawa Sun/QMI Agency)
This rookie curler was taught well.
On Tuesday morning Minister of State (Sport) Bal Gosal received his first curling lesson from Craig Savill, Team Rachel Homan and Earle Morris at the Ottawa Curling Club.
“It was fun.” he said. “I had seen it on television, but really didn’t understand it. Now I see it is a real sport.”
That’s what sweeping will do to you.
Gosal immigrated to Canada from his native India in 1981. He represents Bramalea-Gore-Malton in the House. Being in the heart of the GTA’s ethnic enclaves, how does he think the sport could be introduced to Canada’s multicultural community?
“People have to be exposed to the sport and the more we do that the better,” he said.
Gosal also likes the Canadian Curling Association’s idea of adding a mixed doubles championship to its annual schedule.
”Adding any event to curling will help its profile,” Gosal said.
WINNER’S CIRCLE: Ian MacAulay’s foursome fought a pitched battle in the final of the Moosehead Fall Open Sunday against Team Ollson Sports Group, skipped by Colin Dow. Ice maker MacAulay scratched out a victory in the last end, defeating Ollson Sports 6-5.
These two rinks played each other in the first game of the bonspiel. It was no contest. Dow lost badly, falling 8-1 in four ends.
MacAulay third Steve Allen said Dow made everything in thee final. Team Ollson stole a single in the seventh end to tie the match.
MacAulay, who taught Dow how to curl, was impressed by his opponent.
“He stole the end by making a weld that was impossible to remove,” said MacAulay. Playing with MacAulay and Allen were Rick Allen and Barry Conrad.
Meanwhile, Team Homan captured its first win of the season in the women’s section of the Moosehead. The team went undefeated in its pool before beating Team Arbique Ahde Law 6-0 in five ends in the final. In their pool game, the Arbique Ahde Law squad, skipped by Lauren Mann, gave Homan a scare as the latter team prevailed 5-4 Emma Miskew, Alison Kreviazuk and Lisa Weagle curled with Homan.
The cashspiel semi-finalists were Don Bowser and Spencer Cooper. Those qualifying were Calvin Christiansen, Shane Latimer, Howard Rajala and Bryan Cochrane. On the women’s side, the semi-finalists were Rhonda Varnes and Montreal’s Allison Ross. The qualifiers were Laura Payne and Katie Morrissey.
THIS WEEK: The Rideau Ice Breaker junior bonspiel takes place Saturday and Sunday at the Rideau and Carleton Heights clubs. Thirty-two rinks are competing with the action starting Saturday at 8:30 a.m. The final is at 3:30 p.m.,Sunday at the Rideau...The Navy club is hosting a novice bonspiel for people with under five years of experience Friday through Sunday. Like most novice bonspiels, it is full.
END NOTES: Curling Quebec executive director Marco Ferraro sent me an e-mail as a follow up to last week’s column about the Caledonia Cup. I wrote that he interjected a few comments and was asked to leave the Ottawa Valley Curling Association’s AGM. Ferraro wrote, “By the way, I wasn’t allowed to utter one word at the OVCA’s AGM. I was escorted out before being able to ask one question or utter one word.” ... The new Manotick bantam recreational league has a blog at http://teenfriendlyleague.blogspot.com/.