Black rink looking for repeat

Darrell Cole
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AMHERST - While he's hoping history repeats itself, Lee Black is hoping it doesn't come down to a miracle shot like last year.
It was Ray Fowler who delivered raised double takeout in the final end to lift Black's Amherst rink to the inaugural Nova Scotia Curling Club Championship before a partisan home crowd last February.
This year, the team is back and heading to Truro to defend its title beginning Friday.
"We're going to have to play like we did the last two days last year. We didn't get off to a very good start, but came back pretty good," said Black, who calls the shots and plays third stone on the team that also includes lead stone Gary Jackson and second stone Peter Rushton.
"We want to get off to a better start this time because it's pretty difficult to play from behind."
Supported by C-Vision, the Canadian Tire Gas Bar, PBS Waste, Ralston Fuels and Sears, the Amherst rink opens play at 5 p.m., on Friday before playing two games on Saturday. The playoffs and championship game goes Sunday.
This year's tournament has a new format with 16 teams. There are four groups of four teams with the two rinks from each group advancing to the playoff round Amherst is joined in its group by Wolfville, Dartmouth and Greenwood.
Black expects the competition to be pretty intense this year now that there's a Canadian championship bonspiel later this year in Ontario.
Despite this, and the inclusion of some strong teams, Black likes his club's chances adding that all four members play competitively all winter.
"We've been practising quite a bit. Peter and I play on a mixed team that just got back from a big tournament in Rexton, N.B. Gary and Ray play in the Border League along with us, so we're pretty used to playing competitively."

Organizations: Nova Scotia Curling Club, Canadian Tire Gas Bar, Border League

Geographic location: Truro, Dartmouth, Ontario Rexton

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