Scott Ramsay is two-for-two this season and a third straight title would create a less stressful curling season for the skip from Brandon.
Ramsay, who curls out of Winnipeg with former Brandonite Mark Taylor as well as Ross McFadyen and Kyle Werenich, opened the season by winning the World Curling Tour’s St. Paul Cash Spiel and the Manitoba Curling Tour’s Nott Autocorp Thanksgiving Charity Open the following weekend. On Friday, his team heads to Rivers to compete in a Safeway berth bonspiel and Ramsay would love to secure his ticket to the provincial men’s championship before November hits.
“That’s the goal, to get one early,” he said. “That’s kind of why we entered the ’spiel. It frees up our schedule for later on and we’ve all got young families and it gives us more options moving forward toward the Safeway, where, obviously, we want to have a good Safeway Championship in February.”
A victory at the new Rivers Curling Club would excuse the team from regional playdowns and make the Manitoba Open and the MCT championship optional, which would make the players’ lives a lot easier.
However, it won’t be easy to earn one of the two berths available in the 16-team field in Rivers that includes Westman teams skipped by Kelly Marnoch, Steve Irwin, Glenn Parrott, Greg Todoruk, Tyler Waterhouse, Jerry Chudley and Duane Lang. In order to get one of the berths on Sunday, Ramsay feels his team will need to continue to get some of the good breaks that helped them win their first two events of the season.
“We have to play really good,” he said. “If the good luck we’ve had so far continues, then we should be there in the end. But there’s a lot of other good teams in the field. Hopefully we are playing well and that will be the key to our success.”
WCT: Brandon’s Rob Fowler as well as former Brandonites Mike McEwen and Nolan Thiessen — the lead for Kevin Koe — are in Brooks, Alta., for the Cactus Pheasant Classic this weekend.
Meanwhile, Brandon’s Stacey Fordyce is in Winnipeg for the Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Women’s Curling Classic.
EXTRA ENDS: The UCT Junior Super League starts Sunday at the Brandon Curling Club, with draws at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. …The Brandon Curling Club is hosting free adult learn to curl sessions every Monday at 8:30 p.m. The youth curling program, for players aged eight to 14, begins today at 4:15 p.m. The cost is $50. Sturling returns to the Brandon club on Friday. It will run every Friday and Monday at 12:30 p.m., and costs $5 per person. For more information, call 204-726-3560 … The Riverview Curling Club will host a charity bonspiel to raise money for cancer research from Nov. 7-10. It’s open to men’s, women’s and mixed teams and costs $140. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 24, 2013