Thursday, July 30, 2015

Curling club finals tonight

The Fort Frances Club will host its women’s and men’s club championship finals tonight, with action beginning at 6 p.m.
Kathie Jackson takes on Christine Jean in the women’s ‘A’-event title game.

Jackson’s crew is the defending champions, although third Teresa McFayden actually skipped the team to last year’s club title.
Nancy Evans, meanwhile, will try to fend off the NWOSSAA high school and regional Bantam girls’ champion rink of Hailey Beaudry in the ‘B’ final.
And Diane DeBenedet will face Charlotte Bazylewski for ‘C’-event supremacy.
The men’s division features a bizarre scenario in the ‘A’-event final, where the winning skip—who already has been determined—won’t be filling that role tonight.
Raymond Roy skipped two separate teams to top spot in both the men’s Monday and Wednesday night leagues, meaning he’s assured the club title.
But with one member of his Monday night team unavailable for tonight’s final, Roy instead will curl in the lead position for that squad, meaning it will be a 3-on-3 battle against his Wednesday night contingent.
Tom Maher will skip the Monday night champs while the Wednesday night team’s skip was not announced as of press time.
The same situation has happened before in the club playdowns with Roy, as well as Don DeBenedet.
The ‘B’-event final features Adam Bolen taking on John Yellowega while Rick Collett will face Dan McFayden for the ‘C’ crown.
The big finale then takes place at 8 p.m., with Roy playing Thursday night league champ Greg Gustafson for the men’s grand aggregate championship.
Gustafson qualified for the title game by beating Rick Wiedenhoeft in a tie-breaker after the two teams had finished tied in points at the end of the season.
The club’s annual awards night wind-up and barbecue will take place there next Friday (April 11) starting at 6 p.m.
Tickets cost $25 each, which are available from club manager Rick Grenda (274-6667), as well as at Sight & Sound and Fort Frances General Supply.

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