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A Successful Manitoba Weekend

Sunday Apr 05 2015

In one of the best weekends in recent memory for Manitoba curlers, our province’s medal haul increased by four  OR five if we want to include Manitoban Nolan Thiessen’s bronze medal at the Ford Worlds with the Alberta based Team Canada.

Ron Westcott’s Fort Rouge team posted an undefeated record in winning the Canadian Masters championship while at the other end of the age spectrum, Manitoba’s under-18 champions skipped by Hayden Forrester, winners a few weeks ago in Melita, won the Optimist U-18 International championship in Edmonton with only one loss in seven games.

Manitoba based teams also represented Canada in the World Deaflympics, the international event for Hearing Challenged curlers. The Women’s team finished first in the round robin but lost their semifinal to China before beating Croatia in the Bronze Medal game. The men finished fourth but won their semifinal over Switzerland and then beat China for the Gold Medal.

Four more medals to go with Braden Calvert’s Junior Canadian and World Golds, Randy Neufeld’s Canadian Senior Men’s Gold, Jennifer Jones’ Canadian Gold and World Silver, and perhaps another to come when Brandon’s Lois Fowler team competes at the World Seniors two weeks from now or when the Manitoba Wheelchair team compete in the National event in early May.

That amounts to a very successful 2014-15 curling season for the players wearing the buffalo crest on their backs.

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