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Weekend Curling Climax


By Fred Wallace


That was a pretty good Sunday for curling fans.

Starting early in the morning at Fergus, Ontario and then climaxing in the evening at Halifax, Nova Scotia, there was something for everyone.

In Fergus, the Best Western Ontario Men's Championship title came down to a tie-breaker game Sunday morning between Doug Johnston of Ottawa and the Owen Sound Blue Water Curling Club rink skipped by Al Hutchinson.

The Hutchinson rink with Barry Middleton, Steve Gregg & Randi Belrose avenged an earlier loss to Johnston and scored a narrow 6-5 victory to win the Provincial Intermediate title.

Twelve hours later at the Tim Hortons Brier in Halifax, Kevin Koe of Alberta made a nifty shot with his last rock in the 10th end, forcing the hand of Glenn Howard from Coldwater who had to take a point, tie the game and send it to an extra end.

In the extra end, Koe, in his first Brier, prevailed over the Howard rink for the first time in head to head competition and won the Canadian Men's Curling Championship.

The Alberta rink will now represent Canada at the World Championships next month at Italy.

From Fergus to Halifax & beyond, a good weekend wrap up for curling.

I'm Fred Wallace

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