YARMOUTH – Paul Flemming’s Nova Scotia team has made it to the championship pool of the Canadian mixed curling championships taking place at the Mariners Centre in Yarmouth.
The Nova Scotia team was 2-4 after its first six games, including an 8-1 win Wednesday evening against Alberta.
Three other teams were 2-4, but Nova Scotia secured the last spot in the championship pool by winning the tiebreaker (best draws to the button).
Asked about how he felt his team was doing at this mixed nationals after N.S.’s Nov. 16 win, Flemming said, “We actually didn’t play too bad our first two games, we were just on the wrong side of the inch, as they say.
“We played well enough in those first four games to be, at the very least, 3-1 and to be a contender but we just had one bad end every game and didn’t quite recover from it,” he said.
After the win over Alberta, Flemming said the team still had some work to do.
“We’re still alive, still have a pulse,” he laughed.
The team came together towards the end of the last season. The other team members are Christie Gamble (third), Tyler Gamble (second) and Teri Udle (lead).
“Most mixed teams are in the same boat, it’s something that you normally throw together at the end of the last season after you go through the men’s and women’s respective seasons are done, then you focus on mixed.”
But then, he said, the season is over once you play provincials. The key is picking up where you left off.
“We had a few good practices before we came down and each game, as you progress, you learn a little more about each other.”
Nova Scotia’s Thursday games are 2:30 p.m. against Northern Ontario and 7 p.m. against Saskatchewan.
The seeding for the championship pool:
New Brunswick (5-1)
Northern Ontario (5-1)
Newfoundland and Labrador (3-3)
Nova Scotia (2-4)
The top four teams from the playoff pool will advance to the semifinals, to be played Saturday at 10 a.m.
The championship game is scheduled for Saturday at 2:30 p.m., with the bronze-medal game taking place at that time as well.
About using the Mariners Centre, known first off as a hockey rink, for this national mixed curling event, Flemming said, “They did a great job. It’s a perfect venue, hopefully people will come out and watch.”
Wednesday morning around 600 local students were brought in to watch the curling. Flemming said it was great to see so many young people being exposed to the sport.