Friday, February 4, 2011

Toronto's Chris Rees regains title at Dominion Provincial Championships

 Shauna Petrie, Alec Denys, Carl Bax, Chris Rees with coach Paul Emmett

Chris Rees, playing on home ice at the Toronto Cricket and Curling Cub, defeated previously unbeaten Ken Gregory 8-3 to reclaim the Ontario provincial title he last held in 2008.

Rees, with Carl Bax at 3rd, Alec Denys 2nd and lead Shauna Petrie, had given up an opening end 5 to Gregory in a 13-5 round robin defeat. The final began more quietly. The teams were tied at 3 after 5 ends, but Rees turned the tables on the Bradford team with a big 4 in the 6th, forcing Gregory to gamble, and allowing Rees to steal a final point in the 7th.

Gregory, playing with Collinda Joseph 3rd, Frank Cannarella 2nd and Jim Primavera at lead, were behind in only 3 of the 34 ends they played during the round robin. 

The semi-final between Rees and Ilderton's Mark Ideson was played earlier this morning. Only Jacqui Kinahan on Ideson's rink had more than a year or so's experience but the team, with Mike Munro and Tony Reynen became London's first to reach a provincial playoff. They earned their place by defeating reigning champion Bruce Cameron's Ottawa team in round robin play.

Facing home-ice favourite Chris Rees in the semi-final, perhaps, like nervous mountaineers, they looked down. After holding Rees with hammer to one in the first, they gave up steals of 3 in the second and a further point in the third, and could not recover. Final score 8-3.

Full line scores are available HERE
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The six Ontario teams (Photo - Ernie Comerford - click photo for a larger view)
Rees, Fraser, Gregory, Ideson, Wrigley, Cameron

3 comments:

Goose said...

congratulations to Chris....good luck at nationals...good job to all the teams.
I wish they would webcast though

Ken Gregory said...

Congratulations to the Toronto Team. They all played well, shot lights out and had a great win. Keep it up. I like to wish them all the best in the Nationals. Go Ontario Go!

Jennifer said...

Way to go Chris!!!!! Way to go Toronto Team! Best of luck in the nationals!