The Hay River Fire Department is returning without a national title as they come back from the 2010 Canadian Fire Fighters Muscular Dystrophy Hydrant Curling Championship this week.
The team, consisting of skip Steve Moss, third Wyatt Scheller, second Gerald May and lead Doreen Scheller travelled to Regina, SK from March 27 to April 3 in hopes of stealing the title away from the defending champions from Saskatchewan.
That dream did not materialize, as British Columbia took the national title with eight wins and two losses in the tournament, beating out Northern Ontario in the final.
Saskatchewan finished third in the tournament, and the NWT finished eighth with three wins and seven losses.
The team lost their first three games of the tournament, and won the next two against Nova Scotia and Quebec. In the ninth draw against Southern Ontario, the team was six to three through the first seven ends, but the Ontario team turned the game around to beat the NWT 11 to six.
“We needed some key shots in some close games,” said Wyatt Scheller. “We just couldn’t get them.”
But despite coming home without the title, the team had fun competing at the national level, and were looking forwards to getting involved in all the closing celebrations.
“The tournament was a lot of fun,” said Wyatt Scheller. “The ice was in superb shape. I have never seen it like this.”
The Hay River team was chosen to represent the NWT in the championships after the Territorial champions from Fort Smith were unable to send a team.
The last minute appointment caused some scrambling for the team, as two of the four original curlers, Kyle Wright and Darryl Buhler, were unable to go.
“I think we did pretty good for putting the team together at the last minute,” said Scheller.
The team wanted to thank all the businesses in town for their donations, helping them make the trek to Regina to compete.