Tim Phillips and his Sudbury Curling Club team of Ron Collins Jr., Drew Eloranta and Doug Hong will represent Northern Ontario at the Calgary Nokia Brier March 9-17. Phillips was the only team to defeat Ron Rosengren of Thunder Bay, and he did it twice. Those two losses were the only two for Rosengren, proving again that making the playoffs is what is important, not finishing first.
The Phillips foursome finished third in the round robin. They defeated Brad Minogue in one quarter final, then defeated Al Hackner in the semi final to play Rosengren in the final.
Congratulation to Tim and the team and good luck in Calgary. All of Sudbury will be behind you.
This weekend starts the Scott Tournament of Hearts with Colleen Jones returning to defend her title.
Only two teams do not have prior Scott experience, Meredith Doyle of Nova Scotia and Jennifer Jones of Manitoba.
Some teams you will recognize are Sherry Middaugh, (Ontario), Cathy King (Alberta), Sherry Anderson (Saskatchewan) as they all participated in the Olympic trials.
Other teams with national experience will include Monique Gagnier (Yukon/NWT), Cathy Cunningham (Newfoundland), Kathy Floyd (New Brunswick), Kathy O?Rourke (PEI), Nathalie Gagnon (Quebec) and Kristy Lewis (BC). This is a great field. I believe it will be a Middaugh-Anderson final.
Keep your eye out for the following local and national events:
Feb. 23 - March 3: Scott Tournament of Hearts-TSN-CBC
March 9-17: Nokia Brier-TSN-CBC
March 18, 19, 20: Master's? Bonspiel
Paul Sauve is a curling enthusiast.