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Junior curler wins men’s bonspiel at Airdrie Curling Club

By: Lucas Punkari

  |  Posted: Thursday, Jan 23, 2014 12:23 pm

Airdrie curler Michael Roy slid out of the hack during the Airdrie Curling Club men's bonspiel 'A' final on Jan. 19.
Airdrie curler Michael Roy slid out of the hack during the Airdrie Curling Club men's bonspiel 'A' final on Jan. 19.
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Heading into the annual men’s bonspiel at the Airdrie Curling Club, 20-year-old Michael Roy was just hoping to have a good weekend of curling with his friends.

Instead, Roy and his team of third Kyler Kleibrink, second Jordan MacKenzie, lead Mac Lenton, and fifth Scott Smith, came away with this year’s title in the ‘A’ final on Jan. 19 with a 9-6 win over Norm Friesz.

“It was sort of an easy-going weekend where we got together as a team and just tried to make as many shots as we could,” Roy said.

“At this time of the year, a lot of the junior teams are sort of spread out because there aren’t many events, so we kind of just threw together this squad for this weekend.”

“Jordan, Mac, and I are all from Airdrie, Kyler joined us from Okotoks, and Scott is from Calgary,” he added.

Early on, it looked as if Roy would win the ‘A’ final with relative ease, as he picked up three points in the first end and held a 5-1 lead after three ends.

However, Roy would give up three points of his own in the fourth end, which allowed the Friesz foursome to cut the lead down to a 5-4 score at the game’s midway mark.

“We just got ourselves into a bad position in that end,” Roy said.

“There was a bad angle that we had on a couple of stones and our shots didn’t go that well, and we got ourselves in a position where we gave up a bunch of points.”

With the score tied at 6-6 in the seventh end, Roy was able to regain control of the contest when he was able to pick up another three-ender.

“We actually wanted to blank the end because if we didn’t allow any points to be scored by either team in the seventh end, we would have the last stone in the final end and we would be able to control things,” Roy said.

“However, we were able to benefit on a few misses, and we got ourselves into a position where we were able to get a bunch of points.”

Friesz put some pressure on Roy in the eighth end and looked to have a good chance of tying up the game with another three ender. However, Roy was able to make a double take-out on his final shot of the game to prevent an extra end.

“We were just trying to force them into making some mistakes, but they made some nice shots, especially with that double takeout at the end,” Friesz said.

“Even though we gave up three points in the first end, this was really a game where we just never quit and we clawed our way back.”

In other action on Jan. 19, Ian Jensen’s rink took home the ‘B’ title with a 7-3 win over Barry Ralph, while Hank Geddert prevailed in the ‘C’ final with an 8-7 triumph over Lorne Stafford.


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