As provincial and territorial qualifying events take place across the country, leading up to the 2011 Tim Hortons Brier, we’re keeping you up-to-date on all the latest developments. Here’s the news from Nova Scotia.Halifax’s Mayflower Curling Club was founded in 1905 and has an incredibly storied history. While it’s true that the club’s ice shed was used as a morgue for the victims of the Titanic disaster in 1912, it’s a lively place when it comes to contemporary competitive curling.
Eight of the fourteen qualifying teams for the Nova Scotia Men’s provincial final call the friendly club on Monaghan Drive their curling home. Shawn Adams, Doug MacKenzie, Chris Sutherland and Steve Ogden all led their respective teams through South qualifying competition at the Shelburne Curling Club over the weekend of January 13-16.
The same weekend, Mayflower teams skipped by Ian Fitzner-Leblanc, John Luchhurst, Jamie Murphy and Brent MacDougall survived North zone play held at the Highlander Curling Club in St. Andrew’s. Also advancing from the North playdowns were Truro’s Peter Burgess, Chad Stevens of the Dartmouth Curling Club and the Ken Myers quartet, while Mark Kehoe, Aaron Sweeney and Mike Robinson from the South joined the list of provincial finalists.
Challenge Round play – scheduled for the Greenwood Curling Club January 21-23 – will determine the remaining two teams to the 16 team modified triple knockout final field that will compete for the Nova Scotia championship banner at the Dartmouth Curling Club February 1-6.