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    Monday, December 19, 2011

    Nova Scotia has new champions

    Team Brown - Nova Scotia Champions coached by Bill Fletcher
    Richard Brown, Terry Cousineau, Steve Parfitt and Paige Fougere

    Richard Brown, Nova Scotia wheelchair curling's other skip, finally broke through to win his first provincial championship over the 5 time champions Team Rutt at the Lakeshore CC this weekend.

    Brown, who skipped the winless NS Host team at the 2009 Nationals, faced opponents missing the services of skip Mike Fitzgerald who had relocated to New Brunswick, but as the best of five series began, his team of Terry Cousineau, Steve Parfitt and Paige Fougere could have been forgiven for thinking little had changed. Laughie Rutt, stepping up to skip but throwing 3rd stones in favour of Trendal Hubley-Bolivar, led his title defenders to a 10-2 opening night victory.

    Game 1
    Rutt * 1 0 1 1 3 1 3 x 10
    Brown  0 2 0 0 0 0 0 x  2

    Team Brown regrouped Saturday to steal the first 4 points of Game 2, and then hang on as Rutt, down 7-4 after 7, fell just a point short of forcing an extra end.

    Game 2
    Rutt * 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 2 - 6
    Brown  3 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 - 7

    It was deja vu in Game 3, as Brown again stole 3 in the 1st and added another in the 2nd before surrendering a 4 spot in the 7th to fall behind 7-6. Brown took one with hammer to force an extra and then stole 2 to lead the series 2-1.

    Game 3
    Rutt * 0 0 1 2 0 0 4 0 0 - 7
    Brown  3 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 2 - 9

    Sunday saw Team Rutt return to the form they showed in the opener as they posted 8 unanswered points to level the series at 2-2, after again giving up an opening end steal.

    Game 4
    Rutt * 0 2 4 1 1 x x x - 8
    Brown  1 0 0 0 0 x x x - 1

    The series decider returned to the pattern of Saturday as Team Brown, despite never earning the hammer, stole 2 in the 1st, added a single in the 2nd and stole 2 more in the 5th, finishing 8-3 winners and Nova Scotia Champions.

    Game 5
    Rutt * 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 x - 3
    Brown  2 1 0 2 2 0 1 x - 8

    1 comment:

    Michael Fitzgerald said...

    Congratulations to the new Team Nova Scotia. That's Bill Fletcher standing in the back. He coached us when the Nationals were held in NS.