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Koe, Homan Shorty Champs

By: Lois Ann Baker, Cornwall Standard Freeholder - Sep 18, 2016

Shorty Jenkins has found a new home.

Up until last year the AMJ Campbell Shorty Jenkins Classic was held in Brockville, but due to a blown compressor, the Cornwall Curling Centre stepped up to host the event. “The City of Cornwall, the Cornwall Curling Centre, right from the get-go, right after last year’s ended, wanted it to come back to Cornwall and wanted it long-term,” said Gord McCrady, founder and chair of the Shorty Jenkins Classic, which wrapped up its second stint at the local curling club on Sunday. “So it was pretty evident for me this was the right place to be — in Cornwall — after last year’s success.”

Following last year’s event, there were discussions about keeping the bonspiel in Cornwall.

“So there was no lobbying other than from Bob Peters from the City of Cornwall and the Cornwall Curling Centre, making sure Cornwall was the new home of the Shorty Jenkins Classic for a long time,” said McCrady.

Kevin Koe and Rachel Homan were the Shorty winners this time around.

Koe won the final, 9-3 against Mark Nichols. Nichols was part of the defending-champion rink — Brad Gushue’s team from St. John’, Nfld. Gushue wasn’t here to help defend the title, sidelined with an injury. Charley Thomas of Alberta joined the team for the bonspiel, with Nichols (normally the team’s third) moving to skip. “Mark skipped the team this weekend and they have had tremendous success,” said McCrady. “Koe’s team played pretty well. They were by far the best team all weekend with 5-0, and it certainly shows why they are they the world champions,” said McCrady. “They loved the bonspiel, they loved the ice, everything was fabulous.”

Rachel Holman won the women’s title, defeating Allison Flaxey 7-1 in the final. The Homan rink took home $10,000 for the win, with the Koe team earning $15,000 for the win on the men’s side. All part of an $89,000 prize purse for the bonspiel, which had 39 teams this year, 24 men’s and 15 women’s. “Because of the popularity of the bonspiel we have a huge waiting list for men and women,” said McCrady. “We’ve always looked at ways to expand the ladies. So this year we tried a new format where we had 15 ladies teams and we cut back one of their games so they are guaranteed four games instead of five and we increased the prize money. That’s one of the new things this year.”

The Shorty attracted three teams from Scotland, as well as teams from Sweden, the Netherlands, Switzerland, three from the US and a number from across Canada.


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