|AREA RINKS MAKE CHANGES|
|Wednesday, 28 March 2012 09:48|
By Joe Pavia, QMI Agency
Change is in the air.
With the elite teams divesting themselves of individual players — Brad Gushue and Ryan Fry have parted ways — or indeed entire teams — like Saskatchewan’s Amber Holland — the local competitive ranks are changing.
Last week’s column explained the machinations going on with Chris Gardner and Bryan Cochrane that left John Steski, Rich Moffatt and Chris Fulton (all former members of Cochrane’s team) dangling. Now Steski is joining the young team of Colin Dow, RJ Johnson and Brett Lyon-Hatcher.
Christian Tolusso is returning to the capital from P.E.I., where he was studying. He is looking for a team.
Gary Rowe is looking for a front-end player.
Jenn and Stephanie Hanna are finished with competitive curling. The skip wrote: “I have no curling plans for next season and don’t plan on playing competitively at this point.” Her lead Trish Scharf is now throwing for Jaimee Gardner. There’s no word on Pascale Letendre’s plans. Karen Sagle is joining Lisa Farnell’s rink at second.
MASTERS OF THEIR FATE
Rod Matheson’s rink, with Eldon Coombe, Jamie Angus and John Lockhart, captured the Diversicare OCA Grand Masters provincial title in Thornhill on Saturday. The foursome went undefeated in four games, beating Brantford’s Chuck Holstein in the final.
In John Shea Insurance mixed regional competition, those advancing to provincials are: 1A: Ritchie Gillan and B: Chris Gardner. In Canada Gold Whiskey senior mixed, provincial-bound skips are: 1A: Mike Johansen and B: Tom Watters. Both provincials are in Brockville, April 11-15. In the Dominion Regalia silver tankard, the zone winners were: 1A: Willie Jeffries, B: Matt Paul; 2A: Daryl Smith, B: JP Lachance; 3A: Bill Adair, B: Andrew Ashton; 4A: Dave Collyer, B: Dennis Murray. In women’s tankard zones, the winners were: 1A: Betty Bush, B: Carole Rivington; 2A: Natalie Boucher, B: Christine Lamothe; 3A: Caroline Deans, B: Sharon Leitch; 4A: Linda Lott, B: Donna Smith.
Junior and bantam mixed provincials begin Wednesday in Smiths Falls. Representing this area are Brett Lyon-Hatcher and Ryan McCrady in junior and Stuart Leslie and Mac Calwell in bantam ... The Dominion Stick bonspiel — the provincial championship recognized by the OCA — runs April 1-4 in Navan. Doug Titus and Bob Goodson will represent this region ... The provincial vision-impaired provincials are at the RA Centre this weekend.