George McDougall mixed curling team wins RVSA title
By: Lucas Punkari
| Posted: Thursday, Feb 13, 2014 11:33 am
The George McDougall Mustangs mixed curling team was unstoppable at the Airdrie Curling Club on Feb. 6 and 7, as it captured the Rocky View Sports Association league title with relative ease.
The Mustangs rink, which featured skip Brandon DeLair, third Megan Moffatt, second Connor Lenton, and lead Rebecca Shuttleworth cruised to the championship with a convincing 10-1 win in five ends over Taylor Konschuh of WG Murdoch in Crossfield on Feb. 7.
“It was an awesome event for us, and we feel honoured to be able to represent the school in our Grade 12 year and take home the gold,” DeLair said.
“We played well during the entire event, and we just stuck to our gameplan in order to win the finals.”
“I think a lot of our success also comes from the fact that all of us have curled together for a long time,” he added. “I think we have something like 20 years of experience on this team, and I think that is something that helps a lot.”
The championship game against WG Murdoch was decided very early, as DeLair and his rink stole three points in the second end to take a commanding 5-0 lead.
“That really boosted us up for the rest of the game, and it was a major turning point for us,” DeLair said.
“Our plan was to just keep things pretty clean and wide open, and that steal of three allowed us to do just that.”
Despite winning the RVSA crown, the Mustangs will be unable to compete at the South Central Zone Championships in Drumheller on Feb. 15 and 16 because of prior commitments.
“I’m going to Toronto and the rest of our team will be competing at other bonspiels during that weekend,” DeLair said. “It’s a shame that we won’t get to go to the zones, but this here was a good way to finish off our year as a mixed team.”
Bert Church boys team finish third
The other top Airdrie rink at the RVSA championships was the boys’ rink from Bert Church High School, as Mike Lees rink finished in third place.
The Chargers team, which also featured lead Zenon Green, second Josh Gavin, and third Brandon Lewis, made its way to the semi-finals where it lost to the champion Cochrane Cobras rink that was skipped by Andrew Hodgson.
“We missed a couple of key shots and we weren’t as sharp as we were at the start of the event,” Lees said. “However, I felt we did a good job in this tournament.”
“All of us on the team are Grade 12 students and we will be graduating from high school at the end of this year,” he added.
“So for us to do this well was a great way to finish up our high school curling careers,” he added.