You know that saying about too many cooks?
Guelph Curling Club’s Tina Mazerolle can attest it doesn’t apply to her women’s curling team.
Mazerolle won her first provincial title on the weekend — the Travelers Women’s Curling Club Championship — with plenty of Cooks.
She had veteran Laura Davis-Cook at lead. It was Davis-Cook’s daughters, Erin Cook and Allison Singh, playing second and vice.
Mazerolle can consider herself an honorary member of the Cook family after baking up an Ontario crown.
“Laura jokes around that I am her adopted daughter,” said Mazerolle with a laugh. “It’s a special win for Laura and to be able to do it with her daughters … I feel pretty lucky to be alongside that for sure.”
Davis-Cook has had more than 40 provincial appearances in various events. Several titles came in senior mixed, Trophy and intermediate women but those events don’t go on to a national.
The Travelers — a competition offered to club championship teams — was introduced in 2009. It does go to a national where Mazerolle and the Cooks will be Team Ontario. The Travelers gives the curling club champs a taste of what the elite curlers experience at the Brier and Hearts.
Mazerolle, an Elora resident and also a member at the small town’s club, started playing with Davis-Cook’s daughters in Guelph in 2009. Davis-Cook joined them five years ago.
For the Guelph club, women’s teams interested in competing in the Travelers entered an in-club playoff at the end of last season.
After winning that, Mazerolle started the regional playdown with a loss back on Oct. 17 at her home club. After, that it was 11 straight wins.
“It was just our third game of the season,” said Mazerolle on the early loss. “We felt we played a good game. Fergus played a good game as well. I still felt we had a good chance to give it a run.”
At provincials hosted by the K-W Granite Club, the foursome was in control of every game going into the final.
“We were in better shape and just had better games.”
The final over Bayview’s Cheryl MacPherson was the closest game for Mazerolle. She scored four straight one-point ends from the second to the fifth to take a 4-1 lead then held on to win 4-3.
Being part of Davis-Cook’s first national was just icing on the dessert.
“I wanted to do it for her. I knew it was a dream of hers to make a provincial with Allison and Erin and now this sort of takes the cake (making nationals.)”
It also puts Mazerolle’s own provincial drought behind her. She had played in two Intermediate, three Trophy and three Women’s Tankard (two team event) provincials without a title.
On the men’s side Palmerston’s Mike Benjamins came out the winner. So in the past three seasons K-W Granite, Palmerston, Westmount and Guelph have all sent a team to the national championship. Mazerolle agrees the depth among the clubs in a nearby radius is impressive.
The Travelers national championship is in Ottawa Nov. 23-28.
Get a grip
The fall Brad Gushue took at the Masters of Curling has brought up safety concerns in the sport. I can see headgear for children (Little Rockers) ages 10 and under. I can see seniors being more comfortable wearing the rear-cushioned hats and visors now available. But a mandated helmet for curlers is going overboard. If we are concerned about safety, what should be pushed is that grippers be worn at all times when the curler is not throwing. It should cover the entire surface of the shoe. Gushue appeared to have a gripper on his slider but his non-sliding foot had just disc grippers so when he was up on his toes there was nothing to stop his foot from sliding out from under him.