WESTVILLE – Members of the host Westville Curling Club have successfully challenged for the McLellan Cup.
Westville won two of the three games played over 14 ends last Wednesday and captured the cup with a total score of 45-33 against the visiting members of the Mayflower Curling Club of Halifax.
Jason LeBlanc skipped the Westville team that fell behind 9-1 early in its match and ended up on the short end of a 21-8 margin.
John Jones’ team more than made up the difference by winning 23-4 and John Thompson’s host foursome won 14-8.
The win allows Westville to accept the challenge by the Wolfville club today. The winning club will accept the challenge by Glooscap Curling Club in Kentville on March 29, the last date on the 2017 schedule.
The McLellan Cup is considered the longest continuously played for trophy in any sport in North America. It was first contested in 1887 as a means of forming fellowship among clubs in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. P.E.I. teams have played for the cup but the list in recent years has been limited to the other two provinces.
New Caledonian Curling Club of Pictou also challenged for the cup and successfully did so on February 15 by defeating members of the Halifax Curling Club before losing it the next week in Windsor by a margin of 45 to 31.
Mayflower defeated Windsor 35-26 to claim the cup and set up the visit to Westville.
Members of the host club celebrate keeping the cup in Westville. Front row, from left: skips Jason LeBlanc, John Thompson and John Jones hold the cup. Back row, from left: team members Bob MacLeod, Terry Manning, George MacLaughlin, Ivan Millen, Duncan MacDonald, Don Gordon and Bernie Delaney. Missing from photo are team members Nathan Allen and Randy Hubley. (Goodwin photo)