NEW GLASGOW — Blair Pettipas has skipped his Halifax Curling Club team to the 2019 Ship Hector Curling Bonspiel championship.
Pettipas defeated the Westville Curling Club foursome skipped by Jason LeBlanc in six ends on Sunday at the Bluenose Curling Club to win the trophy and claim top prize money of $1,000.
“I was here two years ago and it was fun,” Pettipas said. “I couldn’t be here last year, and I can’t wait to come back here next year.”
LeBlanc’s team of John Thompson, Duncan MacDonald and Amie Creamer remained unbeaten until facing Pettipas and shared the $600 runner-up prize.
“I didn’t give them the game we wanted to,” he said. “They’re a quality team. They made most of the shots they needed, so credit to them.”
LeBlanc counted three in the eighth end and advanced earlier Sunday with a stirring 8-4 victory with his last rock over the Chedabucto club team skipped by past six-time Ship Hector winner Wayne Sangster.
“Wayne made a really nice raise and I made a draw,” LeBlanc said.
Sangster last won the Ship Hector in 2016 and skipped winners in 1999 and 2000 for Chedabucto. He also won in 2011, 2013 and 2014 while representing Bluenose.
Ian Gammon’s Bluenose team was another unbeaten local team in the Ship Hector bracket but fell 5-2 to the Lakeshore club skipped by Kris Terrio on Saturday evening. Gammon’s game had a crucial rock measurement in the seventh end that allowed Terrio to steal two stones to widen his lead.
Pettipas ousted Terrio on Sunday morning to advance.
Meanwhile, Bluenose’s Jeff Turnbull needed a second draw to the button to pull out a 6-5 victory over Kara Taylor’s New Caledonian Curling Club team from Pictou in the same draw.
Consolation awards were also presented.
Sangster defeated Terrio to take the Gordon Fraser award presented to teams that are defeated in the Ship Hector bracket’s final four.
The Greenough club from CFB Halifax defeated New Caledonian’s Scott Maston to win the New Caledonian trophy, while Cliff Taylor’s New Caledonian team won the Westville trophy, Trevor Archibald’s foursome won the Bluenose trophy and Graeme Fraser’s Highlander foursome won the Stellar trophy.
Devin Forbes’s Bluenose team won the new County division honours, while Roger Caddell won the Tartan honours, Wally MacDonald from Schooner club won the Tweed section and Kevin Smith’s Stellar Curling Club team won the Heritage prize.
From left: the Westville Curling Club front end of Amie Creamer and Duncan MacDonald sweeps a stone during the Ship Hector championship final. (Goodwin photo)