Forbes curlers take silver

NEW GLASGOW — Devin Forbes’ team verified how much it has improved at the 2017 Nova Scotia Wheelchair Curling Championship last weekend at the Bluenose Curling Club.

The Bluenose club foursome won its first three games before suffering a double knockout on Sunday at the hands of the Lakeshore Curling Club skipped by Trendal Hubley-Bolivar that won the championship.

“I’m extremely proud,” Forbes said. “Going 3-0 in our first three games, we did extremely well. We met our goal. We did better than last year and it’s great to finish as well as we did.”

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Forbes’ wins included defeating the Laughlin Rutt team from Lakeshore Club 8-5 on Friday and a thrilling 9-8 victory over Hubley-Bolivar on Saturday.

In the first game, Forbes overcame a 3-0 deficit with four in the third end and added four points in the last four ends to outscore Rutt.

Forbes’ team trailed 7-0 after three ends and 8-2 after six ends before a stirring comeback that included three in the seventh end and four in the eighth end that included a measurement to confirm the fourth shot rock.

There was no such rally on Sunday. Hubley-Bolivar’s team trailed 3-0 after two ends before scoring eight in their next four to win 11-3 in six ends to force the extra match on Sunday. There, Forbes led 5-3 through six ends before Hubley-Bolivar took three in the seventh end to lead 6-5 and stole two more in the eighth end.

Wheelchair curlers use sticks to propel the curling stones.

Forbes will have another chance at competition at the Canadian stick curling championship being hosted by the Bluenose club in March.

The host team took home silver medals at the 2017 Nova Scotia Wheelchair Curling Championship last weekend at the Bluenose Curling Club. From the left, front: skip Devin Forbes, mate Bill MacKenzie, second Philip Sutherland and lead Kathy McIsaac. With them is coach John Marshall. (Goodwin photo)

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Steve Goodwin
Steve Goodwin was born in Amherst, N.S. and has been a journalist for more than 40 years. He has been a resident of Pictou County for nearly 40 years.