CORNER BROOK Throwing rocks for a right to represent the province on the national stage will be on the minds of an impressive field of competitors at the Corner Brook Curling Club later this month.
The local curling club association is playing host two provincial curling tournaments — the provincial Masters and provincial mixed championships — Jan. 28 to Feb. 3 at the Corner Brook Curling Club.
The winner of the provincial mixed crown will represent Newfoundland and Labrador at the 2013 Canadian Mixed Curling Championship at the Rideau Curling Club in Ottawa in November. The winner of the Masters event, which features curlers 60 years of age and up, will wear the provincial colours at the 2013 national Masters curling tournament April 8-13 at the Port Arthur Curling Club in Thunder Bay, Ont.
Kenny Young of Corner Brook, whose rink is comprised of lead Donna Davis, second Stephen Shepherd and third Amanda Rumboldt, will be out to defend his provincial mixed curling championship crown in a field of nine teams.
Opposition to a repeat includes a challenge from Gerry Young — former world seniors curling champion as a member of the Bas Buckle foursome and skip of his own mixed team.
The mixed field also includes Corner Brook Curling Club entries John Andrews, Ed North, Cal Davis and former provincial men’s curling champion Gary Oke. A trio of teams from the ReMax Centre in St. John’s — Steve Routledge, Neil Power and Roy Hodder — round out the field in the quest for the mixed crown.
On the Masters side, defending provincial and national champion Toby McDonald of the Bally Haly Curling Club in St. John’s is poised to throw stones with the best the tournament has to offer in the 60-plus age bracket.
Bas Buckle of Corner Brook, the former skip of Corner Brook’s world seniors championship foursome, will be one of four skips hoping to dethrone McDonald’s rink that includes Wayne Hamilton, Lloyd Powell and Paul Aitkin.
Rick Cook of the Caribou Curling Club in Stephenville, Lew Andrews of Bally Haly Curling Club of St. John’s and Corner Brook’s Bern Lewis.