|Colts win Navy's Fall Rocks novice bonspiel|
|Wednesday, 03 October 2012 10:43|
by Joe Pavia
Winning Colts team of (from left to right) Patrick Haggart (lead), Will Spencer (second), Chad Blackburn (third) and Dylan Haggart (skip)
These Colts are frisky for more.
Team Dylan Haggart won the Navy’s Fall Rocks novice bonspiel on Sunday and it has made them want more.
“With how we played and how well we did, I think the boys and I are very interested in competing in the two other events,” said Haggart, a fourth-year Carleton communications student.
The two other Tour events (for players with under five years experience) are bonspiels slated for North Grenville and Cornwall.
The Tour is being staged in conjunction with Circuit Colts Quebec, which also is designed to enhance less experienced curlers’ joy of the game. Points are accumulated to decide which rinks play in the season-ending battle between the two Tours.
“The Colts is a phenomenal idea ... You always see people on TV representing their province or their country and you always hope that one day it will be in your cards,” Haggart said. “You hope that you get enough points to represent Ontario.”
For their efforts, the squad (Haggart, Chad Blackburn, Will Spencer and brother Patrick Haggart) won $440. They also created some memories. “Realistically the best memories of last weekend (was) the socializing afterwards with the teams,” Haggart said. “They were all very fun, very talkative and laid back. Then you go on the ice and you pretend to know what you’re talking about or know what you’re doing.”
A NEW NATIONAL: On Monday, the Canadian Curling Association announced the creation of the mixed doubles national curling championship. The winning duo — the inaugural event will be held in March 2013 — will advance to the World Mixed Doubles championship.
Canada has not fared well at this event. Since its debut in 2008, Canada has earned just one medal — a bronze.
“This new event was felt to be critical to enable Canada to ensure it sends its best curlers to represent us,” CCA CEO Greg Stremlaw said. “Other nations are qualifying using a mixed doubles championship, so it makes sense to provide Canada with the same opportunity to capture consistent podium results ... especially with the world mixed doubles being held in Fredericton next April and a strong chance of mixed doubles being granted Olympic inclusion as early as 2018.”
The national format will have 32 teams divided into four pools of eight, with the top two post-round robin squads from each pool plus the four teams with the next-best records advancing to a 12-team single elimination playoff.
The interesting aspect is that 16 teams will be chosen by open invitation. Should more than 16 teams apply, the Canadian team ranking system will be used to determine eligibility. Unlike other national tournaments, there will be no residency rules. Fourteen teams will be chosen by each member jurisdiction. (The Ontario Curling Association has not yet decided how it will choose its representative). The winning 2013 mixed rink will also get two entries.
WINNER’S CIRCLE: At the Rideau Icebreaker junior bonspiel, Lauren Horton and her squad of Andrea Sinclair, Leigh Gustafson and Jessica Armstrong won their second event of the season. Geordin Raganold, with Jeff Duckworth, Colton Finlay-Zettler and Mathew Pretty, captured the men’s side.
THIS WEEK: The Mac Ice Classic begins Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., at the RCMP. The men’s and women’s sides feature some quality rinks including defending champion Jean-Michel Menard. The cashspiel finals are Monday afternoon.