Boys curling team places fifth in province
Published March 26, 2019
The Red Hawks boys curling team placed fifth at OFSAA. The team consists of skip Dustyn McCready DeBruin, Jacob Dobson at vice, Liam Little at second, and Corrin Gervais throwing lead rocks. Coach Darrell Dobson said, “This is a very strong team. In the last two years, they have won Gore Zones Gold (2017), Gore Regionals Gold (2018), and Gore Provincials Fourth (2018), Kawartha Gold (2018, 2019), COSSA Silver (2018), COSSA Gold (2019), and OFSAA Provincial Competition Fifth (2019).”
OFSAA was in North Bay from March 20-23 with games split between the North Bay Granite Club and the nearby Sturgeon Falls Granite Club. Eighteen teams competed in three pools of six. Each team played five games, and the top two from each pool, along with the next best two “wild card” teams, advanced to the playoff round.
The Red Hawks’ first game was a 9-0 win over Bishop Reding C.S.S. of Milton. Bishop Reding conceded the game after only four ends. The second game was a 5-3 victory over Bishop Allen Academy of Etobicoke, who conceded after seven ends. In the third game, the Red Hawks defeated this year’s Gore Provincial Champions, Fellowes H.S., from Pembroke, who conceded defeat with a score of 9-3.
The fourth game was the Red Hawks’ first loss all season, and it came after two extra ends versus Superior Heights C. & V.S. of Sault Ste. Marie, with a score of 7-6. The last round robin game against Glendale High School from Tillsonburg, also went to extra ends and ended with Glendale squeaking out a 6-5 win. The Red Hawks’ record was strong enough to make the semifinals on Friday, March 22 at 11 a.m., where they faced North Park C.& V.S. of Brantford, who were undefeated at OFSAA and ranked number one after the round robin. The game came down to the very last shot, a take out for the Red Hawks to win, but it just ticked a guard, and the game went to North Park with a score of 6-3.
The team is coached by Russ Duhaime, Hugh Nichol, and Darrell Dobson. According to Dobson, “Haliburton is an amazing community with so much support for these youth curlers. Our new principal Chris Boulay has been super supportive of the team, and when we travel to competitions and meet and talk with other coaches and parents, it becomes clear that the Haliburton Curling Club probably has the best youth curling program in the province. The club has been amazing with its support. It’s been a great season!”