Ladies skip their way to Masters title

Curling: Quigley rink to curl in Canadian championships in Coaldale

By: Bruce Campbell

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Mar 05, 2014 06:00 am

The Jean Quigley rink won the Alberta Women’s Curling championship by downing Carolyn Morris 8-5 in the final Feb. 23. The Quigley rink is, from left, Jean Quigley, Lois Fast, Debbie Miller and Mary Hoiland.
The Jean Quigley rink won the Alberta Women’s Curling championship by downing Carolyn Morris 8-5 in the final Feb. 23. The Quigley rink is, from left, Jean Quigley, Lois Fast, Debbie Miller and Mary Hoiland.
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Too many chefs don’t necessarily spoil the broth, in fact sometimes they can cook up a provincial championship.

The Jean Quigley rink out of Okotoks consists of threes skips, but they all joined forces to down the Carolyn Morris rink 8-5 in the Alberta Masters Women’s curling final on Feb. 23 in Edmonton.

The all-foothills area rink consists of Mary Hoiland, Deb Miller, Quigley with Lois Fast was throwing last stone.

They Randy-Ferbeyed it. Although Quigley is skip, Fast throws the last two rocks.

“I have a bad shoulder so I don’t sweep,” Quigley said. “Debbie, Lois and myself are all skips, so we figured out this was the best way to set the team up, because Lois is so consistent with the way she throws.

“We really had good communications. Sometimes three skips won’t always agree, but we really respected each other’s opinions and it was a really good fit.”

They also had plenty of respect for their opponent in the final.

Morris was on the Cathy King rink, which won the senior women’s world championship last year. (Cathy King won the Alberta Scotties six times, including in Okotoks).

“We knew that we had to have our ‘A’ game going into the final,” Quigley said.

Quigley fell behind 4-2 after three ends, but they never trailed again after they took three in the fourth with the hammer to go up 5-4.

“Carolyn jammed on her last rock and Lois made a great hit and stick to count three,” Quigley said.

Morris would tie things up in the sixth with a single to make it 5-5.

Fast would get the deuce in the seventh to take a 7-5 lead going into the eighth and final end.

“I had a free draw for two and I had to get full four (foot) to get the two,” Fast said. “I had great sweeping from Deb and Mary.”

Quigley would secure the victory by stealing one in the eight. However, the shot rock didn’t come from any of the skips, it came from lead Hoiland.

“I’m the rookie on the team — in respect to the other three who have skipped most of their lives,” Hoiland said with a laugh.

She’s a ”rookie” of 35 years of curling and that experience showed when she threw her first rock in the final end to the top of the button.

“They called for me to put the rock in rather than through the house to keep them from getting two,” Hoiland said. “The sweepers (Fast and Miller) took it right to the button and then we just guarded it and guarded it.”

Morris was left a delicate shot to bump out Hoiland’s shot rock for the deuce, but wasn’t able to execute giving Quigley the steal and the Canadian championship.

The 60-year-old Miller is a rookie at the Masters level.

She’s been a mainstay in women’s curling for years in Okotoks, but rarely has she thrown second rocks.

But a change is as good as a rest for the veteran curler.

“Oh, my goodness, I don’t think I have ever throw second rocks,” Miller said with a laugh. “A couple years ago Jean had asked me if I would be interested in playing when I became of age. I knew Jean and Lois had been successful last year throwing third and fourth (respectively), so I was happy to be second.

“I started playing second on my Okotoks team as much as I could for this season.”

The Quigley rink finished 3-2 in the round-robin, losing to Linda Wagner and Morris — the two teams they happened to beat in the semifinals and the finals, respectively. But those games were history when the playoffs began.

“Our goal was to get to playoffs and after that it was just like we started over,” Quigley said. “We were just going to take it one game at a time.”

Quigley downed Wagner 7-5 in the semifinal. It was sweet revenge for Quigley. She and Fast had lost to the Wagner in the Alberta Masters final last year.

The Quigley rink curl out of both the Inglewood and Okotoks curling clubs. The Okotoks club will hold a send-off for nationals for the Quigley team later this month. The nationals are March 31 to April 6 in Coaldale.

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