Oakville Rink wins the Canadian Masters Curling Championship
Apr 16, 2007 -- Glendale Golf and Curl - Hamilton Ontario -- It was quite the week in Hamilton at the beautiful Glendale Curl and Golf Club . Team Edmondson of the Oakville Curling Club ( representing Ontario) won the Canadian Championship in a playoff and are proud to be one of Ontario's "Team Canada's " along side the likes of Glenn Howard ( mens open) and Anne Dunn ( Women's Seniors).
20 teams from across Canada , the "best of the best" took part in the Canadian Masters Championships. This event has been running since 2000 and is an outgrowth of the Western Canada Masters Championship which was formed in 1987.
Team Ontario played 11 games in all ( at the Canadians) and ended with a record of 9 and 2, and are now the Masters Curling Champions of Canada . Team Canada !
Team Ontario compiled a total win-loss record of 22 wins and 5 losses through the Ontario zones, regions, and provincials, and the Canadian Round Robin, Semis and Final Game to capture the Canadian Championship.
Needless to say winning the final game to become the Canadian Champions was quite the thrill for team Edmondson, and one for the ages ! Especially as the teams front end swept Ontario's final 2 rocks of the game onto the button (around a guard ) in the final end, to secure the championship. 3 rocks ended up on the button, two of them Ontario's rocks, both counting to give Edmondson the victory. David Stewart (vice) and Brian Longley (second) each made double rock takeouts of opposition stones in the last end to clear the path to set up the final winning shots.. Graham MacEachern (lead ) won his position all week long with a series on draw shots into the control zone in front of the house and the top four foot. Team Ontario's sweeping efforts were equal to the task through out the 27 game run to the Championship.
Team Oakville has won Ontario 3 out of the last 4 years and join Jim Sharples as the only other Ontario Rink to win the Canadian Masters Curling Championship Mens. Gloria Sorley of Niagara has won the Women's side two times.
All of the teams from across Canada who attended the event were happy about the WCT Players Assoc. sponsorship of this event, and hope curlers from everywhere in Canada help support The Canadian Masters Championship in the form of a note to Paul Boutlier via the WCT site. The press release can be viewed on the WCT or OCT site.