Colleen Jones wins Canadian title at home - seniors curling in Digby


Published on April 3, 2016
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<p>Mark Duffey, president of Everest Planning, presents Colleen Jones, Kim Kelly, Nancy Delahunt and Mary Sue Radford with the Canadian Senior Women’s curling championship trophy April 2 at the Digby rink.</p>

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<p>Bryan Cochrane, Ian Macaulay, Doug Johnston and Ken Sullivan of Ontario won the Everest Canadian Seniors men’s curling championship in Digby April 2.</p>

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<p>Alan O’Leary, Andrew Dauphinee, Danny Christianson and Harold McCarthy won bronze medals for Nova Scotia at the Everest Canadian Seniors men’s curling championship in Digby April 2.</p>

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<p>Colleen Jones says all the smiling friendly faces and words of encouragement made Digby feel like home during the Everest Canadian Seniors women’s curling championship in Digby April 2.</p>

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<p>Colleen Jones, skip of team Nova Scotia, has won the Scotties Tournament of Hearts six times and the World Championships twice. This will be her first trip to the World Seniors.</p>

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<p>Mary Sue Radford has been playing with Colleen Jones since 2011.</p>

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<p>Kim Kelly won the Canadian championships with Colleen Jones in 1999, 2001, 2002 and 2004. They also won the worlds together in 2001 and 2004.</p>

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<p>Colleen Jones and Kim Kelly laugh comments from the boisterous Nova Scotia crowd in the Digby rink April 2 for the final game of the Everest Canadian Seniors curling championships.</p>

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<p>Saskatchewan’s Third, Patty Hersikorn, yells to the sweepers in the final game of the Everest Canadian Seniors curling championships in Digby April 2.</p>

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<p>Saskatchewan skip Sherry Anderson lost only four games in the Everest Canadian Seniors curling championships and two of them were to Nova Scotia.</p>

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<p>Mary Sue Radford and Kim Kelly hurry hard.</p>

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<p>Nova Scotia skip Colleen Jones starts to smile as she hits a double take out to win the 2016 Everest Canadian Seniors curling championships in Digby April 2.</p>

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<p>Colleen Jones, Nancy Delahunt and Mary Sue Radford celebrate with the home crowd after winning the 2016 Everest Canadian Seniors curling championships in Digby April 2.</p>

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<p>Colleen Jones and Mary Sue Radford celebrate with the home crowd after winning the 2016 Everest Canadian Seniors curling championships in Digby April 2.</p>

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<p>Kim Kelly, Nancy Delahunt, Colleen Jones and Mary Sue Radford celebrate with the home crowd after winning the 2016 Everest Canadian Seniors curling championships in Digby April 2.</p>

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<p>Nancy Delahunt gets a hug from the home crowd after winning the 2016 Everest Canadian Seniors curling championships in Digby April 2.</p>

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<p>Team Nova Scotia, Colleen Jones, Kim Kelly, Mary Sue Radford and Nancy Delahunt march hand in hand into the awards ceremonies of the 2016 Everest Canadian Seniors curling championships in Digby April 2.</p>

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<p>Team Nova Scotia, Colleen Jones, Kim Kelly, Mary Sue Radford and Nancy Delahunt march hand in hand into the awards ceremonies of the 2016 Everest Canadian Seniors curling championships in Digby April 2.</p>

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<p>Team Nova Scotia, Colleen Jones, Kim Kelly, Mary Sue Radford and Nancy Delahunt march hand in hand into the awards ceremonies of the 2016 Everest Canadian Seniors curling championships in Digby April 2.</p>

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<p>Bryan Cochrane and Ian Macaulay of Ontario wait for Manitoba to decide on their next shot at the Everest Canadian Seniors men’s curling championship in Digby April 2.</p>

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<p>Bryan Cochrane and Ian Macaulay of Ontario wait for Manitoba to decide on their next shot at the Everest Canadian Seniors men’s curling championship in Digby April 2.</p>

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<p>Skip Bryan Cochrane of Ontario won the 2016 Everest Canadian Seniors curling championships in Digby April 2.</p>

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<p>Third Andrew Dauphinee of Team Nova Scotia.</p>

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<p>Skip Alan O’Leary yells to his sweepers in the bronze medal game of the 2016 Everest Canadian Seniors curling championships in Digby April 2.</p>

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<p>Alan O’Leary of Nova Scotia won bronze at the 2016 Everest Canadian Seniors curling championships in Digby April 2.</p>

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<p>Bob Ursel of British Columbia lost twice to Alan O’Leary of Nova Scotia the 2016 Everest Canadian Seniors curling championships in Digby April 2, including in the bronze medal game.</p>

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<p>Bryan Cochrane skipped the Ontario team to a gold medal at the 2016 Everest Canadian Seniors curling championships in Digby April 2.</p>

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<p>Richard Parry, drum major with the Gaels of Fundy introduced the players all week at the 2016 Skip Bryan Cochrane of Ontario won the 2016 Everest Canadian Seniors curling championships in Digby April 2.</p>

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<p>Dianne Theriault and Rob Hersey served scallops to curlers Karen Costello of Nunavut and Cindy Curtain of British Columbia.</p>

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<p>The hardware at the 2016 Everest Canadian Seniors curling championships in Digby.</p>

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<p>Gail Hersey, Hazel Davis, Pat Potts and a friend grabbed front row seats in the Everest Ice Bar to watch Colleen Jones win gold at the 2016 Everest Canadian Seniors curling championships in Digby April 2.</p>

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<p>Organizers made sure our visitors from all across Canada had a chance to try scallops.</p>

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<p>The stands of the Digby rink were filled with fans waving the Nova Scotia flag for the 2016 Everest Canadian Seniors curling championships in Digby April 2.</p>

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DIGBY – Colleen Jones has won a Canadian curling title at home.

The skip of the Nova Scotia women’s seniors curling team had won the Scotties Tournament of Hearts six times and had been to three previous Canadian seniors championships, before winning the Everest Canadian Seniors in Digby this weekend.

“I had never won a Canadian title at home before and this makes it extra special,” said Jones. “Oh yeah this is home. All week long you see the friendly faces and people have been saying, “Hope you make it to the final” – you don’t get that when you’re not at home.”

Jones and Mary Sue Radford, Nancy Delahunt and Kim Kelly won the final against Saskatchewan's Sherry Anderson April 2 before a flag-waving home crowd wearing yellow sou’westers and sporting blue noses.

Family and friends leaned over the divide between the curling ice and the Everest Ice Bar to shower the team with warm hugs, high fives and kisses after a cool cool eight ends of curling.

Jones scored one with hammer in the first end and then stole singles in the next two to go ahead early.

By the eighth end Anderson, with the hammer, needed three stones in the rings but the Nova Scotia women kept clearing house.

Saskatchewan was sitting two near the button with one stone left but Jones shot a double take out for the win.

“This feels amazing,” said Jones. “To be going back to the Worlds is a dream come true. We’re a bunch of 56-year-old women still living our dream.”

Jones credits Nova Scotia’s win to good old fashioned hard work – she said they practiced and played more this year and showed up ready to play at Canadians.

“I thought we were hot right away this week,” she said. “I liked the ice, everybody was throwing great. That’s when you know the magic’s there.”

WORLDS

The win qualifies Jones and the Nova Scotia squad to compete for Canada at the World Senior Curling Championships in Lethbridge, Alberta in April 2017.

“I’m feeling really good about our chances for Worlds. We’ve got a year to prepare, to plan our schedule. We know where the finish line is.”

Jones won the World Championships in 2001 and 2004 but this is her first trip to the World Seniors.

On the men's side

Ontario's Bryan Cochrane beat Manitoba's Randy Neufeld 6-3 in the men's final.

Nova Scotia's Alan O'Leary lost his semi final game against Neufeld in the morning 11-5 but bounced back to win the bronze medal game 7-5 over Bob Ursel of British Columbia.

O’Leary, Andrew Dauphinee, Danny Christianson and Harold McCarthy of the Dartmouth Curling Club won the first six games of the weeklong curling spiel but then lost four of the next five.

[Nova Scotia teams advance: Everest Canadian Seniors curling in Digby moving on to championship round, March 30]

“We were tired I guess,” said O’Leary. “Maybe we put too much pressure on ourselves. We realized Thursday night we were into the semifinals and I don’t know if that was part of it. Friday we had a couple of terrible games.

“And the other teams were playing great.”

DARC

Digby Area Recreation hosted 14 men’s and 14 women’s teams from March 28 to April 2 on five sheets of curling ice in the Digby arena and three sheets in the Digby curling club.

This is the second time Digby has hosted the Canadian Seniors curling championship – 24 teams competed here in 2011.

A study showed that curling spiel injected $400,000 into the local economy.

jriley@digbycourier.ca