Hal High foursome wins bronze at prestigious schoolboy event

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Boys and Girls teams going to Kawartha Zones – and Todd’s Spiel for Charity a winner

By Terrance Gavan

We don’t think about “home ice advantage” in curling.

But as it turns out, an incredibly generous home ice rule came into play last weekend at the Gore Provincial curling championships.

Jesse Walker was unable to play in the Hal High Red Hawks first game – Jesse was in Peterborough with the Hoops Hawks – so the curling committee lent the Hawks a home club alternate.

And as Hawks coach Tom Dibblee said last Monday, that was fortuitous indeed.

“The alternate was Alex Cormier and he was good,” chuckled Dibblee.

Cormier, from Kanata, helped the Hawks lock down a Bronze Medal at the prestigious Gore Schoolboy.

Cormier played vice for Owen Duhaime in the first round 6-5 win over Winston Churchill. Second Mike Mazara and lead Tyler Warham helped nail down that important first win.

On Friday, Mazara woke up with a bad case of bronchitis, and the team asked Cormier if he would play second, and that’s where he stayed for the rest of the tourney with Walker back at the helm and Duhaime at vice. The Hawks won their second game 8-4 against St. James High School, but lost their third round robin tilt 7-0 to Belleville’s Moira Secondary School.

Three teams finished at 2-1 forcing a shootout between the Hawks and St. James to decide first place. The Hawks won the shootout handily – 26-6 – and hammered down first place in their pool.

Walker, Duhaime, Cormier and Warham lost to London Central High 9-2 and won the bronze with a 9-6 victory over Markham in an exciting B- side final. They received the Gore Shield for their efforts.

They returned home last weekend in great spirits because, in spite of missing the last two games of the Kawartha SouthWest playdowns they still qualify for the Kawartha Zones.

We placed fifth out of six teams in spite of the fact that we had to forfeit two games on Thursday due to Gore Provincials,” said Dibblee on Monday. “The boys have advanced to the eight team double knockout Kawartha curling championship in Campbellford this Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The top two teams from there will advance to COSSA on March 7.”

And of course the other High School foursome – lest we forget – have also qualified for the Kawartha Zones. ***LEAVE ROOM HERE FOR NAMES OF THE GIRLS PLEASE** TWO LINES SKIP, THRID, SECOND AND LEAD.

The girls, you may recall, were just edged out from the Gore qualifying rounds, but they continue to be a strong presence in the fight for Kawartha supremacy.

And in Local News

The annual Todd’s Independent Curl for Care bonspiel once again got a great reception and superb participation from the Haliburton Curling Club.

Draws ran all day Saturday and the proceeds go to the Haliburton Highlands Health Services Foundation is an incorporated registered Canadian charity that financially supports the health care facilities in Haliburton County.

Since 1997, the Foundation has raised $7 million through personal, business and corporate donations, special events, promotions, annual giving and the special gift program.

Final tallies were not in as this went to print but it’s expected that the annual spiel will place another $3,000 to $3,500 into the lovely work being done at the HHHSF.

Nice work curlers in Haliburton.

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