Neepawa’s Kelly Robertson won his third provincial senior men’s curling title in four years on Monday, but he had to do it the hard way.
Robertson’s foursome, featuring third Doug Armour of Souris, second Peter Prokopowich of Dauphin and lead Bob Scales of Winnipeg, grinded out three games yesterday and capped the day with a 7-3 victory over Winnipegger Bob Sigurdson in the championship final at the Brandon Curling Club.
Robertson bounced back from a 6-4 loss to Sigurdson in Monday morning’s 1-versus-1 Page playoff game to brush by Brandon’s Kelly McMechan 7-5 in an extra end in the semifinal before making the most of his rematch with Sigurdson in the championship game.
"This is our third time in four years and we’ve had to work hard all the way through in each one and you just don’t roll over anybody and this one was no different," Robertson said. "We had two great games with McMechan’s team and had two really good games against Bob Sigurdson. "So yeah, it was good to come through that."
Robertson’s rink broke open a 2-2 game in the final by scoring three in the fifth end and never looked back.
"We made an angle-raise to get three and that kind of set the tone," Robertson said. "We kept them to one in the next end and we got two in seven, so that three-ender was pivotal."
Robertson, whose team won provincial and Canadian senior titles in 2011 and another Manitoba championship in 2012 before falling in the 2013 final, will now move on to the Canadian Senior Curling Championships in Yellowknife from March 22-30.
"It’s kind of exciting to go to Yellowknife," said Robertson, whose team went 6-1 in the round-robin to advance to the playoff round. "I have never been up there and I’m sure for their first nationals they will put on a really good show."
After claiming the Canadian title in 2011, Robertson’s foursome went on to earn a silver medal at the 2012 world championship in Denmark and would love to get another crack at being a world champion.
"It is the goal, no doubt about it," Robertson said. "But of course at the Canadians there are some really good teams there, too, so we are going to have to play our best."
Robertson’s team did just that at this year’s provincials and has been one of the top senior squads in the country over the past four years. For Robertson, the formula for success is simple.
"We take a win and a loss the same way and that’s just the way we approach it," Robertson said. "So it’s just a great bunch of guys and a great bunch of curlers."
Robertson’s victory made it a clean sweep of the senior provincial titles this year for Westman. Brandon’s Lois Fowler, with Maureen Bonar, Cathy Gauthier and Alysson Stewart, ran the table on the way to capturing the provincial senior women’s crown on Sunday, defeating Hamiota’s Sandra Cowling 6-4 in the final to earn her trip to nationals in Yellowknife.