Drama for Hawks rink at COSSA
Published March 13, 2018
The Haliburton Highlands Secondary School boys curling team of skip Dustyn McCready DeBruin, vice, Jonas Hill, second, Liam Little and lead, Jacob Dobson earned silver at the Central Ontario Secondary School Athletics championship on Monday, March 5 at the Omemee Curling Club. COSSA is the regional level or second of three levels in Ontario. They were coached by Darrell Dobson and Russ Duhaime.
It was a very dramatic day that began with our skip’s car hitting a deer on the way to the competition, and he arrived just a few minutes before the game started. In the end it came down to a three way tie for first (three teams had a record of 2-1 after round robin) to be settled by a shoot out for gold and silver. Each player throws one rock and the rocks are awarded points: eight points for a perfect button, seven for touching the button, one for touching the 12 foot, etc. In the end the score was 18-17 for Moira! The Ontario Curling Association official said he had never seen anything like it. It was a dramatic finish to a great season.
It was a round robin format. We lost our first game to Moira. 6-4. We beat TAS 12-0 in fifth ends. We beat St. Theresa 8-3.
There is great potential for this team.
The boys curling team had a great season. We all feel we are capable of more. Three of the four players will return next year (Hill graduates this year). We know there are more strong curlers coming into Grade 9, and we are looking forward to striving for even more next year.
Hugh Nichol and the Haliburton Curling Club have invested in youth curling, and it is paying off as the boys and girls youth curlers have had a great season in school based and Ontario Curling Association based bonspiels in boys, girls and mixed categories. Haliburton is gaining a reputation around the province as the home of strong youth curlers.
Submitted by Darrell Dobson