|Buckingham curler Richard Faguy right at home on and off the ice|
|Wednesday, 31 October 2012 11:48|
by Joe Pavia
Curling takes up a lot of Richard Faguy’s time both on and off the ice.
The Buckingham curler just won his second Quebec Dominion Curling Club championship provincial title last weekend. Two years ago, he carried the fleur-de-lis colours to the nationals and now he is doing it again with the same team. (In 2010, Faguy made it to a tie-breaker with a 4-2 pool record).
When he isn’t curling, the federal public servant helps to organize events like last weekend’s Challenge Chateau Cartier de Gatineau. He missed that action because of his provincial play down commitment. Faguy is very happy for his teammates, Wayne Ruggles, Stephane Paquette and Martin Patry.
“The average club curler will never play in the Brier.” he said. “The Dominion is something my friends play for all year.”
This year’s experience “feels as good as the first time,” he said.
“The provincial field was stronger this year — more balanced,” Faguy said
Faguy defeated Michel Drapeau convincingly in the final, stealing three consecutive ends for an 8-1 win. That same rink beat the Buckingham foursome earlier, forcing them into a qualifying game that went to double extra ends.
“We played our best game of the weekend that game,” Faguy said.
If he does have a concern, it is the timing of the Dominion play downs. Every province except for Quebec and Ontario determines its representative prior to the summer. Because of how late the provincials are, there isn’t much time between winning and going to the national championship, which takes place in Scarborough Nov. 19-24.
“There’s lots of hustle and bustle getting ready,” Faguy said.
His best memory of his initial national was meeting all the provincial teams. But more so, “Just being together with three good friends is fantastic.”
In Ontario, the Dominion Curling Club women’s champion is Quinte’s Caroline Deans with Sheri-Lynn Collyer, Kendra Lafleur and Lynn Stapley. They defeated North Halton’s Stacey McCormack 5-4.
On the men’s side, Quinte’s Dave Collyer fell just short of capturing the men’s side — won by Jordan Keon of Richmond Hill
CHATEAU CARTIER CHALLENGE: Mark Dacey of Halifax captured the men’s title and earned $10,000 by defeating Newfoundland’s Brad Gushue in a tight 7-6 game. Ian MacAulay and Jean-Michel Menard fared the best among local curlers. MacAulay made it to the semi-final against Gushue for a $4,500 prize and Menard earned $3,500. Toronto’s Julie Reddick beat Mississauga’s Cathy Auld 8-4 in the women’s final.