Doug Armour calls for a takeout during the final of the Westoba Credit Union Masters’ Super League of Curling on Thursday at the Brandon Curling Club. Armour skipped Ken Sabad’s Souris team to the title as they knocked off Bert Peaslee of Souris 7-4. (CHRIS JASTER/BRANDON SUN)
The last four weeks have been incredibly hectic and successful for Doug Armour of Souris.
In that time, he earned trips to three different provincials championships — men’s, senior men’s and masters men’s — and capped off his run on Thursday by adding a Westoba Credit Union Masters’ Super League title. Armour, who skips Ken Sabad’s team from Souris, defeated Bert Peaslee’s Souris squad, which is skipped by Rick Thompson from Maryfield, Sask., 7-4 in the final at the Brandon Curling Club.
Armour has had a lot of success in curling — winning six provincial titles and two national crowns — and he’s taking a lot of pride in winning the masters’ super league title.
"It feels really good because you don’t know what to expect when you come to play in this," he said. "I was eligible to play in this nine years ago, but I was so busy with the men’s team and in the Westman men’s super league that it was too much and I tried to play at the club at home.
"We quit playing in the men’s super league last year, so now I decided to play in this and it’s a good league. Every time you go out there you can get beat."
While he felt like his team could lose any game, it wasn’t the case this season. The Sabad squad ran the table in the Money Masters Group, going 13-0, and then used their last shot to beat Bruce Ray 6-5 in the semifinals, which were also played on Thursday.
Sabad’s team got a lot of breaks in the final, with Thompson’s draw for two in the first end and a draw for three in the seventh both coming up short, but the turning point was in the fifth. Facing four Sabad counters, Thompson attempted a hit-and-stick on a partially buried rock in the four-foot, but his shooter rolled too far and he gave up a steal of three that put him down 6-2.
This is the first year Sabad’s team has been together, although Sabad, who throws third stones, and Armour have curled together since 1995 and won a provincial seniors championship in 2003 as well as provincial and Canadian masters’ titles in 2005. They reconnected in the masters’ super league last season and reached the semifinals. This year they added a new front end in Bill Scott and Wayne Dillabough.
Armour, Sabad, Scott and Reg Warren will try to win a provincial masters’ title in Winnipeg in March.
Sabad is glad to get some bragging rights over Peaslee, whose team won the super league title in three of the previous four seasons.
"Bert is from Souris and he’s obviously rubbing it into us," said Sabad, whose team earned $925 for their season. "They’re a good team. They’ve won it three times in the last four years so to beat them is really nice. … It’s kind of nice that we have Souris on the map. We have the bragging rights for sure."
Peaslee’s squad, which beat Gil Van Daele 7-6 in the semifinals, took home $700, while Ray and Van Daele both earned $200.
EXTRA END:Gerry MacKay is stepping aside as the league president. He was a founding member of the league and has been involved in it for each of its 21 years.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 20, 2013