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Chester teams take both sides of U15 provincials

Taylour Stevens team

Taylour Stevens and team, Under-15 girls champs.

Thomas Mosher team

The Thomas Mosher team, Under-15 boys champions.

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Taylour Stevens and her team of Stephanie Carson, Madison Dahl and Hailey Silver won the Under 15 Girls Provincial Curling Championship this weekend (February 21, 22) in Yarmouth. Stevens downed Cally Moore of CBF Halifax 6-3 in the final on the strength of a four point second end. It was an undefeated weekend for the Chester girls as they went 6-0. Steven's unaffiliated team is coached by Shane Carson.

On the boys side Thomas Mosher beat Ethan Young from Mayflower 5-2 in the final. Mosher also posted a perfect 6-0 record. Scott and Craig Weagle and Owen Purcell curl with the Mosher squad which is coached by Chris Mosher.

The Under-15 championship is also known as the "Greenspiel." There were 21 teams in the running this year.

Storm scuttles Snowball's Sunday session. Seasoned curlers cease sliding Saturday.

The weather was the "trending" topic of discussion, beating out curling, at this weekend's (February 13-15) Snowball Mixed Bonspeil at the Chester Curling Club. With bad weather forecast on both Friday and Sunday, all fingers were crossed. First, that the teams would be able to attend, and second, that they would be able to get home safely.

Everyone arrived in time Friday night for the two scheduled draws. There was wine, snacks and a coffee house style concert.

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Chester teams took home the hardware and an armload of prizes winning the 'A', 'B' and 'C' divisions. David Murray (with Louise Petite, Larry Deveau and Carolyn Deveau) beat Kristen MacDairmid (playing with Dave Bachman, Kelly Backman and Ian McLaren) in the 'A' final.

The 'B' final saw a win for Chad Stevens (Carla Rafuse, Dennis Stevens and Marlene Stevens) over Jim Mason (Renata Graham, Grant Astle and Wendy Sheppard).

And Harold Britten (Lori Scott, Paul Green and Jane Fryday) beat Barb Fraughton (skipped by Bob Fraser with Mary Raine and Ric Fraughton) in the 'C' final. Wolfville's Nick Paul took the Mini event.

Flu and colds took an unusually high toll on the rosters as well with what must have been a record number of spares on the ice.

Saturday started with great weather and the curling proceeded as scheduled. But by mid-afternoon it was clear that changes would be needed to give everyone a chance to get home. After the 5:00 pm draw, a consensus was reached and it was agreed that following the banquet, games would be limited to four ends each. Allowing the 'spiel to finish on Saturday night before the storm's forecast start in the wee hours of Sunday morning. The 'A' final was scheduled for six.

Curlers in the 'C' final didn't get off the ice until close to midnight but when it was all over the bonpiel still came in with another "successful' rating. Even the losing teams had smiles, though some of them may have been smiles of chagrin.

As turned out, the scheduling strategy turned out to be the right one. While Friday's storm had little impact on the event, Sunday's weather lived up to the forecasters' warnings and it would have been difficult to even get to the club to curl let alone get home later in the the day.

Click here to go to the Snowball page for complete game results.

45th annual Jolly Bowl another success

Contributed by Mary Lou Bourgeois

Jolly Bowl Winners, Malcolm Swinnamer, Wendy Schnare and Judy Savin.

Jolly Bowl winners, left to right, Malcolm Swinnamer, skip, Wendy Schnare and Judy Savin

Runners up Grant Astle, skip, Mark Swinnamer and Morven McLaughlin

Runners up, left to right, Grant Astle, skip, Mark Swinnamer and Morven McLaughlin

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The 2015 edition of the Jolly Bowl was decided by the skips; two of the final games and the Championship all deterimined by skip's stones to the button.

Six teams each played two four-end games. Two of the second set of games were decided on skip draw to the button. In the first of the ties Grant Astle outdrew Jim Mason. In other, Malcolm Swinnamer put his rock closer than Nancy Richardson.

Then it got really interesting. Malcolm and Grant were now tied for the overall points lead. Back to the hack they went where Malcolm and his teammates, Wendy Schnare and Judy Savin, took the big trophy. Grant, Mark Swinnamer and Morven McLaughlin were awarded second.

Everyone else was a winner, too. The potluck was amazing with the most aromatic, tasty food.

Harold Britten won a little extra, $72.50 in the 50/50 draw.

Congratulations to everyone who came out to support the curling club and had good food, a few laughs and lots of fun.

Curling helmets come to Chester Club

Curling helmets or hats hanging onthe wall

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It's not so much a new hat rack as the new safety section of the club. Eight hooks and eight hats and headbands hanging near the entrance to the ice shed. And each one has a little secret at the back, a piece of padding similar to a bike helmet. The pad will sit at the back of your head to protect your noggin in the case of one of those scary falls where your feet fly out from underneath you as you fall over backwards.

It will likely still hurt but with one of these new curling helmets, at least there is less chance of serious injury than when your head comes crashing down directly on the ice.

The club received a municipal grant this season of $500.00 for equipment purchases. Some the money went toward these new safety hats. If you would like your own headgear contact Terry Atherton at the club or call him at 902-275-3885.

Chester takes four games and the lead in the South Shore championship.

Updated January 10, 2015

Chester sent two mixed teams to Bridgewater Saturday (January 10) and came home with four wins in the South Shore Curling Championship. Both Chester teams were undefeated on the afternoon.

The format is two four-end games for each team with a break for refreshments between games.

Chester now leads the overall standings with 119 points. Bridgewater and Lunenburg each have 81. Liverpool has 55. Points are based on wins, points scored and ends won. Lunenburg led after the first leg of the tour at 52.

The next stop is in Liverpool on February 21 and the series wraps up in Chester on March 7.

Watch for the signup sheet in the club. While competitive on the ice, the event is intended to be social affair and a chance to meet curlers from other clubs.

[Read previous stories on this event.]