NEW GLASGOW — It was not to be for the host Bluenose Curling Club team.
Devin Forbes’ team of mate Mike MacKenzie, second Philip Sutherland and lead Kathy McIsaac won their first two games but ended up second best to the winning team skipped by Trendal Hubley-Bolivar from the Lakeshore Curling Club during the 2018 Nova Scotia Wheelchair Curling Championship.
The champions defeated the Forbes team 9-7 in their Sunday evening showdown. It was the third straight time over the weekend that the Hubley-Bolivar team prevailed against the Forbes foursome.
Playing three games a day proved wearing on the Forbes team members.
“We did really well, but we have to work on our stamina,” Forbes said.”We had our opportunities but we didn’t capitalize.”
MacKenzie acknowledged how competitive the curling was all weekend.
“It was a fight all the way,” he said. It was good curling.”
The Forbes team first edged the Lakeshore team skipped by Laughlin Rutt by a 7-5 score and stayed unbeaten with a 6-5 extra-end victory over Hubley-Bolivar.
That was the last loss for the eventual champions, who handed the Forbes crew a later 7-3 defeat.
Forbes’ team recovered with an 8-3 win over Rutt but lost 10-7 on Sunday afternoon.
Forbes recovered from a 3-1 deficit with a five-ender in the fourth to take a 6-3 lead, but Hubley Bolivar counted two in the fifth end and stole two in the sixth before counting three in the eighth without needing to deliver his last rock.
Forbes led 7-4 in the clincher before Hubley-Bolivar rallied for three in the seventh end and stole another point in the eighth end.
The Bluenose Curling Club team members skipped by Devin Forbes were runners-up on Sunday at the 2018 Nova Scotia Wheelchair Curling Championship. From left, front: Devin Forbes, lead, Kathy McIsaac, second, Philip Sutherland and mate Mike MacKenzie. In back is coach John Marshall. (Goodwin photo)