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Curling Culmination


By Fred Wallace


Hi, this is Fred Wallace with " Off the Wire ".

Brad Gushue of Newfoundland-Labrador won the 2017 Tim Hortons Brier, winning the Canadian Men's Curling Championship on home turf Sunday night with a tight 7-6 win over Kevin Koe and Team Canada.

Gushue now advances to the 2017 Ford World Men's Curling Championship which will be staged in Edmonton at Northlands Coliseum April 1st-9th.

While the World Championship is certainly a marquee event, there's no shortage of significant curling action in our region over the next two weeks.

Today in Meaford, the Ontario Colts and Ontario Trophy Championship events commence and run concurrently through the week.

Sixteen rinks split into the 2 divisions will compete through Sunday for the Ontario title in their respective levels.

Plus, next week in Chesley close to 500 curlers will compete in 2 different events.

The first event is the 40th anniversary of the Cattlemen's Bonspiel which will attract close to 100 curlers.

Then, when the Cattlemen are finished, more than 70 young teams will compete in the New Holland Elementary School Championship which begins March 23rd and runs to the 26th.

It might not be at the same level as the championships in St John's, Newfoundland last week or in Edmonton next month, but the Colts, the Trophy, the Cattlemen's and the New Holland Elementary events are all significant curling competitions in Meaford then at Chesley.

I'm Fred Wallace

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