Tumbler Ridge played host to Men?s Masters Playdowns for the Peace River Region District. Five rinks would compete over three days for the right to represent the region at the Provincial Masters Bonspiel in Spruce Grove, Alberta on Feb 24 ? 26. The successful rinks at that event would then move on to Bridgewater, Nova Scotia to compete in the Canadian Masters Bonspiel.
The first game on Friday saw the local Patriquin rink of Wendel Patriquin, Pat McEachern, Al Lang, and Jim Shultz play the Watchorn rink from Fairview. The Watchorn rink scored three in the first, then another 3 in the second for a big lead. Patriquin got points back in the 4th and 5th end, but it wasn?t enough as they dropped a 10 ? 3 decision after 8 ends. ?I had a chance for 5 in one end, but it just was not to be?, noted the analytical Patriquin.
On Friday at 7 pm, the local Hanborg rink faced the Haugli rink from Grande Prairie. Lloyd Hanborg, Ken Cole, Lee Trimble, and Paul Deren made up the crew. The game was very close with Haugli pulling out an 8-5 win.
On Saturday, Hanborg triumphed over Patriquin, and Titley knocked Watchorn to the ?B? side.
The ?B? final featured Haugli against the Watchorn rink from Fairview. That game ended in a 9-5 decision for Haugli.
Ft St John Titley rink scored a win over the Grande Prairie Haugli rink to capture the ?A? final title. ?That Ft St John rink was a solid contender?, noted Lee Trimble. ?I knew that they would be the team to beat. We played two good games, but we ran into some very good curlers?. Both the Titley rink and the Haugli rink will advance to the provincial final in Spruce Grove.
Curling club President Ken Pilkington oversaw the event. ?The players thought the ice was keen and predictable, so good job to Jason Collison and crew for their efforts. The visitors passed on that the hospitality was great, and the club and people were friendly. They enjoyed the town and their short time here?.