Gray and Stewart advance at Dominion club championships

Matthew Gourlie
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Wade Gray and Courtney Stewart each took a step towards earning their first trip to the Dominion curling provincial championships.

Gray won the men's Dominion club championship with a 6-4 win over Barry Silk. Stewart and her rink won the women's club title with a 5-3 win over Elaine Osmachenko.

The Dominion Curling Club Championship is an annual event for men’s and women’s curling teams who have won their respective local club championships.

Stewart has taken part in past provincials as a high school and junior curler, but is getting back into the swing of things in her first full season of competitive curling in awhile.

"I took years off. I got married, had kids and didn't curl for awhile," said Stewart. "I curled a bit last year. It's nice to be back."

Stewart and her rink of third Tina Hill, second Candace Newkirk and lead Rebecca Fowler have only lost once all season in their Ford Curling Centre Monday night league.

Sunday's final was the third game between Stewart and Osmachenko this weekend. After Stewart won the first game, Osmachenko took the second to force Sunday's deciding game in the double-knockout.

"I was happy with the first and third game. In the second game we were up three with the hammer and we kind of gave them the game," said Stewart who said the familiarity that came with playing the same team three times in two days made the games more interesting.

"We know each player and how they like to throw — which shots are better for each player. It makes it better," said Stewart.

Gray went unbeaten to qualify. After a slow start to their Super League season, his rink of third Don Shields, second Ken McInnis and lead Al Lindquist has been on a roll.

"We're playing really well. The team struggled at the start of the year. We lost our first four games, but since then we've really only lost two or three games in the Super League. So we feel like we're playing pretty well," said Gray.

They were in control of the final and ran Silk out of stones in the eighth end as they were up two points with the hammer.

"We curled pretty well. We had a couple of bad ends here and there, but we were able to recover," said Gray. "We struggled a bit in the first couple of ends. That's been our downfall this year, the first couple of ends. Once we get going, if we can get a big end we're away."

Both rinks will advance to the Dominion regionals in Assiniboia from Feb. 22-23. The regional winners will advance to the 16-team Dominion provincials in Kindersley, Mar. 7-9.

Organizations: Elaine Osmachenko.The Dominion Curling Club, Super League, Ford Curling Centre

Geographic location: Assiniboia, Kindersley

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