Port Elgin Super Spiel a winner

Super Spiel #38 wrapped up today (Nov. 17) at Port Elgin Curling Club after three days of intense curling.
This year’s Spiel featured 20 teams in the Open competition and 10 teams in the new Senior division (over 50 years old).  With so many teams, both Port Elgin and Southampton Curling rinks were used.
“This is a win-win for local curling and for our two local rinks,” said organizer Ross Lamont. “This is our first year for a Seniors’ division and it has worked out really well with lots of positive comments.”
The final games in the Senior and Open divisions saw close scores delivered by some of the best when it comes to the game.
                                (L) Senior teams and (R) Open division curlers
The Open division featured 11 of the top 20 ranked curling teams in Ontario that included last year’s champion Cory Heggestad of Stroud, 4th ranked Pat Ferris of Grimsby, 5th ranked John Willsey of Waterloo and former U.S. Champion Todd Birr.
The Open division was won by the Woodstock rink skipped by Mark Kean defeating the Krell team from Kitchener-Waterloo.  Tyler Twinning of Owen Sound played second for Kean.
                                                  Open Division winning team
In the new Seniors’ division, Owen Sound’s All Hutchinson rink knocked out the Bob Armstrong team out of Ingersoll.  The Armstrong rink was skipped however by Port Elgin’s Curtis Cassidy of the Port Elgin Curling Club.
Hutchinson who has won four championships in past Super Spiels, is the first to win in the new Seniors’ division.
   (R) Skip Al Hutchinson, Vice Kevin             Daniel, Second Daryl Shane and                          Lead Don Shane
The Open division winning team walked away with $5,000 in prize money with the runner-up team  left with $2,500.
In the Senior division, the winning Hutchinson team pocketed $2,500 in prize money with the runner-up collecting $1,750.