Scaring Up Some Good Results
The foulest stench is in the air; The funk of forty thousand years; And grizzly ghouls from every tomb; Are closing in to seal your doom; And though you fight to stay alive; Your body starts to shiver; For no mere mortal can resist; The evil of the thriller
– Vincent Price – Thriller – Micheal Jackson
Happy Halloween Game of Stones fans! It’s been a couple weeks since we last updated, so as we all search for the perfect costume to get (or just candy, for the lazy), here’s the latest spook-tacular news from the GofS crew.
After a relaxing Thanksgiving weekend away from the rink, we returned to Toronto, and to our home at the Royal Canadian Curling Club, to kick-off of the 2013-14 league season. With the club now up-and-running for the year we’ve been able to hit the ice a few times over the past couple weeks to get some reps in and work on all facets of the game. At this stage, it seems to be paying off.
Last weekend we traveled to Sarnia-Lambton in Southwestern Ontario for the 2nd annual Huron ReproGraphics Oil Heritage Classic, held at the Sarnia Golf & Curling Club. Hosted by our former second and lifetime Game of Stones member, Ian Parker, the spiel built on its inaugural year with another fantastic event. Ian has quickly developed this spiel into a premier stop on the Ontario Curling Tour, with the SG&CC boasting some of the best ice in the province, as well as first-class facilities.
We started the weekend with two solid wins: one over Jonathan Doan’s Sarnia rink and the next versus Scott McDonald and his rink from London, avenging a quarter-final loss in Ingersoll a few weeks prior. Off to a good start, we celebrated with some team poutines at Sideways in downtown Sarnia, then dropped by the hospitality room to enjoy some pints with the competition and share a variety of Muskoka Brewery craft beer.
We then met up in the A-Qualifier against Craig Brown and his team from Wisconsin. The ‘cheese-heads’ got the best of us in a morning showdown and we were forced to a B-Qualifier where we squared off against former Canadian junior champion, Jake Walker. Facing the possibility of having to play four games total on the day with another loss, and down 3-1 in the 6th end, we rallied to a 5-3 win to qualify in our second straight event. Enjoying another evening off, we tuned into CurlingZone’s After Dark coverage of the Cactus Pheasant Classic and provided @xlpurplesweater with some material for his nightly broadcast.
Back on the ice at 9am against Aaron Squires we found ourselves down early, and despite a valiant effort to generate some offense after figuring out the rocks, we were stopped at every turn by brilliant defense.
We’re now off to Glendale in Hamilton Friday night for our next stop on tour, where we look to continue our momentum. Good luck to our fellow Toronto major leaguers competing in Cookstown this weekend!