Competitive Player Profile: Brent MacDougall

By: Jocelyn Adams, Communications Chair, 2015-2016 Board of Directors

Position: Skip
Throws: Right
Current Team: Team MacDougall (Rob Moore, Kris Granchelli, Kevin Ouellette), also Mixed Doubles and Mixed
Years Curled: 27
Hometown: Sydney, Nova Scotia
Curling Highlight(s): 2013 NS Curling Association Men's Player of the Year, 2-time NS
Mixed Curling Champion, 2013 Canadian Mixed National (Finalist), 2013 Most Sportsmanlike
Awards and 2013 All-Star Skip at Mixed Nationals, 3-time Canada Post National Curling
Champion

Q & A

Mayflower: How did you first become interested in the sport?
Brent: Through work at Canada Post. Work had a league and I was asked to play.

Mayflower: When did you know you wanted to play at an elite level?
Brent: After my first game I realized how difficult a sport it was and was immediately challenged and wanted to be the best that I could be.

Mayflower: Who has been the most influential in your curling career?
Brent: Diz McNeil from Sydney, NS. At that time he was the best curler in Cape Breton.

Mayflower: What curler inspired you the most growing up?
Brent: Ed Werenich

Mayflower: Prior to provincials, what spiels did your team enter this past fall?
Brent: Lakeshore, New Glasgow Sobeys, Gatineau Doubletree bonspiel, Dave Jones Mayflower
Classic, Windsor Spitfire Cashspiel, Jimmy Sullivan Classic (Saint John, NB),

Mayflower: Any particular highlights?
Brent: Yes, we won the Lakeshore Cashspiel, and in the Gatineau Cashspiel we beat Team Canada (Pat Simmonds) on last rock. Made it to the men's final eight for provincials.

Mayflower: What is your goal for the upcoming curling season?
Brent: To win a Cashspiel and qualify for men's provincials again, and ultimately go the 'big show' (the brier!)

Competitive Player Profile: Jill Brothers | January 2016


Position
: Skip
Throws: Right
Current Team: Team Brothers
Years Curled: 23
Hometown: Liverpool now Halifax, Nova Scotia
Curling Highlights: Canadian Jr Champion, World Silver Medalist, Canadian Mixed Champion, 2 time Scotties Provincial Champion

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Jill Brothers (top left), Sarah Murphy (mate), Bliss Joyce (second), Terri Udle (lead), Jennifer Brince (fifth)

Mayflower: How did you first become interested in the sport?
My older sister started playing so naturally I had to be just like her

Mayflower:When did you know you wanted to play at an elite level?
At 13 I reached the final four in the provincial play-downs and since then I’ve been going after the provincial title every year.

Mayflower: Who has been the most influential in your curling career?
It has to be my Mom. She didn’t know a thing about curling when we started playing but thanks to her dedication, I’ve been able to travel the world to compete and accomplish my goals.

Mayflower: What curler inspired you the most growing up?
There hasn’t been one specific curler that has inspired me, more like a combination. At my first junior nationals Suzanne Birt (PEI) and Brad Gushue (NL) won the titles making me realize that maybe it wasn’t impossible for me to win. Meredith Doyle (NS) had also won just a few years before that. Seeing east coast curlers doing well inspired me!

Mayflower: Where did we see your team this fall?
Dave Jones Classic (Mayflower), Lady Monctonain (Moncton), Appleton Cashspiel (Lakeshore), Sobeys Classic (New Glasgow)

Mayflower: What is your goal for the 2015-2016 curling season?
Win the Nova Scotia Provincial Scotties and surpass my other records at the national championship.


Submitted by,
Jocelyn Adams,
Communications Chair, 2015-2016 Board of Directors

Junior Curling Profile: Matthew Manuel | January 2016

Position: Skip
Throws: Right
Current Team: Team Manuel are the champions of the 2016 Nova Scotia Men's Junior Provincial which was held on January 31, 2015. They defeated Chester’s Adam Cocks 8-4 in the final. The team includes, Matthew Manuel (skip), Nick Zachernuk (mate), Ryan Abraham (second) and Alec Cameron (lead). The team will move on to represent Nova Scotia at the 2016 Canadian Junior Championship in Statford, Ontario starting on January 23, 2016.
Years Curled: 12
Hometown: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Curling Highlights: 2015 Canadian Junior National in Corner Brook, 2015 Canada Winter Games

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Matthew Manuel, Nick Zachernuk, Ryan Abraham, Alec Cameron and Stu Cameron (coach).

Mayflower: How did you first become interested in the sport?
Answer: When I was younger I used to sit behind the glass and watch my parents play at the club, and I was always eager to get out and try it myself.

Mayflower: When did you know you wanted to play at an elite level?
After watching the 2011 Canada games qualifier our team decided that we should stick together and play for the 2015 Canada games. We set that goal, and I knew then I wanted to work hard to achieve

Mayflower: Who has been the most influential in your curling career?
Our teams coach Stu Cameron has been a huge key to all our teams’ success. He has taught myself a lot about all aspects of the game, and has helped me get where I am today.

Mayflower: What curler inspired you the most growing up?
I loved watching Kevin Martin. He really knew how to call a great game, play to his teammates strengths, and he could always draw to the lid when the game was on the line.

Mayflower: Where did we see your team this fall?
We played a lot this fall, but to name a few we were at the Lakeshore men’s Cashspiel, the Ottawa Valley Junior Superspiel, the Oakisland Junior Cashspiel, and the U-21 Nova Scotia Junior Provincial.

Mayflower: Tell me about winning the NS Junior Men’s Provincial?
Winning the junior provincial is the goal we set for ourselves at the beginning of the season and its super special to defend the title. Winning a second one is even more special then the first.

Mayflower: How did you meet this goal?
A lot of practice leading up to the provincial got us feeling ready for the event. We performed extremely well all week long and stayed calm under the pressure.

Mayflower: What is your goal for the 2015-2016 curling season?
Now that we have won the provincial we are looking to go to Junior Nationals and improve on our record from last year. After this I will be playing with the Dalhousie curling team at the Atlantic University curling championships in February with the hopes of qualifying for the CIS University National to be held in Kelowna at the end of March.


Submitted by,
Jocelyn Adams,
Communications Chair, 2015-2016 Board of Directors

Congratulations Team Manuel!

Congratulations, Team Manuel, on winning the NS Junior Men's Championship!

The team will represent Nova Scotia at the Canadian Junior Championships in Stratford, Ontario.  Team Fay is the Junior Women's representative.

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L-R: Alec Cameron, Ryan Abraham, Stu Cameron, Nick Zachernuk, Matthew Manuel

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