Tournament features reigning Canadian, provincial senior champions
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Ray Fowler (left), Ron Hoeg, Robin Keith and John Greer will represent Amherst at the Men's and Women's Senior Provincial Championships beginning today and running until Tuesday at the Amherst Curling Club.
AMHERST - Beginning today, the Amherst Curling Club will be the focal point for curling in Nova Scotia when they host the Nova Scotia Curling Association's Men's and Women's Senior Provincial Championships.
The Amherst men's team will kick off the men's nine-team draw when they play their first game today at 2 p.m.
"We play together a lot so we have hopes of doing well," said Ray Fowler, who will represent Amherst along with Ron Hoeg, Robin Keith and John Greer.
The provincial senior championship men's team of Alan O'Leary will be there, along with the Canadian senior women's championship team skipped by Colleen Pinkney of Truro.
The women compete in a three-team draw.
"Alan O'Leary is the winner from last year and all the teams are strong," said Fowler.
"It feels good to be representing Amherst but we're up against some very strong competition, so we're going out to play the best we can play and see what happens."
Fowler's team recently won the Sackville Open, and says that should increase their odds of doing well.
Team skips on the men's side of the draw are: Ray Fowler, Rob Harris, Bryan MacPherson, Alan O'Leary, Steve Ogden, Reid Romkey, Scott Saunders, Kelly Terry and Stephen Thompson.
Teams on the women's side of the draw are Mary Mattatal, Jocelyn Nix and Colleen Pinkney
Curling begins at 2 p.m. today with the opening reception running from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Teams will be piped onto the ice for a ceremonial first rock between 4:30 and 5 p.m.
After the ceremonial first stone, everyone moves inside the clubhouse for speeches and refreshments.
Curling continues at 7 p.m.
On Saturday and Sunday games begin at 9 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
On Monday and Tuesday, play continues at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.