Steals of three cost Joyce McDougall and her Brandon Curling Club foursome a medal at the Canadian Masters Women’s Curling Championship in Montreal on the weekend.
McDougall’s foursome, with Linda Van Daele — tossing fourth stones — third Karen Dunbar and second Cheryl Orr, gave up a steal of three in an extra end of Sunday’s bronze medal game to lose 10-7 to Northern Ontario’s Marion Clark.
McDougall’s defending national masters champions also gave up a steal of three in their 9-6 loss to Ontario’s Joyce Potter in a semifinal. McDougall, who threw lead stones because of a broken right wrist, led 6-5 after six ends, but conceded the big steal in the seventh and another steal of one in the eighth to end her team’s hopes of repeating.
The Manitoba squad finished fourth after round-robin play with a 6-3 record after beating B.C.’s Beverly Skinner 11-4 in their last game before the playoffs.
Meanwhile, Douglas native Ron Westcott and his Winnipeg-based team of Bob Jenion, Bob Boughey and Gary Smith brought back a bronze medal from the masters men’s national championship after doubling up on Saskatchewan’s Eugene Hritzuk 6-3 in the third-place game.
The Manitobans came into the playoffs as the top team, sporting a 7-1 record through the round robin. However, their championship hopes ended when they gave up a steal of one in an extra end in a 5-4 semifinal loss to Quebec’s Lawren Steventon.
» Brandon Sun
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition April 2, 2012