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Curler MacPherson caps off university career with school MVP award

North Glengarry’s Marshall MacPherson completed his university curling career in early March, capping off his time at the University of Western Ontario by being recognized with the MVP award for curling at the school’s athletics banquet, which this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, was held remotely.

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Marshall MacPherson skipped his University of Western Ontario curling team for the 2019-20 season. (submitted photo)

He tells me that the 2019-20 season was a year of transition for the Western curling program. The previous campaign saw the club claim bronze at the OUA Championships, going on to “have a strong showing at the nationals in Fredericton.” Following that year, the skip and third graduated, opening the door for MacPherson’s leadership.

The longtime curler out of the Alexandria Curling Club and graduate of Glengarry District High School stepped in the skip role, whilst throwing third stones.

“Thankfully, the entire curling season was able to be played before the COVID shutdown,” he notes. “We had a few tune-up events in St. Catharine’s and Waterloo, where we had very strong showings. We also had the incredible opportunity to play an exhibition game on arena ice at the Continental Cup (hosted in London this year) side-by-side with the stars of the sport and in front of a crowd of over 1,000.”

The provincial championships (OUA) were held in Guelph, where the Mustangs started 1-4.

“We won our last two games to end the round-robin at 3-4, but we just missed out on the playoffs,” MacPherson recalls.

He admits to me that he and his teammates were disappointed to miss the OUA playoffs and the opportunity to “make a run to qualify at nationals.” On the season as a whole, though, MacPherson says, “We were pretty happy with the successes we were able to create as a first-year team. I’m quite happy with where we left things.”

He graduated recently and believes “the rest of the team is in a really good spot moving forward (providing the season isn’t also cancelled for the upcoming year).”

At the end of the year he was named Male Curling MVP by the Western Mustangs program.

On the academic front, he completed his dental school studies in June.

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Marshall MacPherson, right, with dad Scott. (submitted photo)

On his university curling career he reflects, “Stepping up to skip and being amongst other provincial, national, and world champions was really exciting, and I’m really glad I got to finish off my varsity career as skip.”

MacPherson adds, “I’m really thankful for my teammates, coach, and the entire faculty at the dental school who were all very understanding with my commitment to both finishing up a very busy program all the while leading the curling team. Despite the end of my university days coming to a very abrupt halt, I’m very satisfied with what I’ve been able to accomplish in my years at Western.”

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Alexandria claims inter-club curling championship

The Alexandria Curling Club is the 2019-20 senior men’s inter-club champion, with its rinks clinching the trophy at the March 10 finale hosted by the Vankleek Hill Curling Club.

Morning games saw Lancaster collect 10 points by defeating Vankleek Hill, while Alexandria had winds in their wings defeating Maxville to also pick up 10 points.

The leading contenders, Alexandria and Lancaster, were separated by only six points heading in to the final action.

In the second set of matches at noon, Alexandria was off and running form the first end, which saw the men score five, en route to winning over a team from the host club to collect 10 points in the standings. The other game featuring Maxville and Lancaster seesawed back-and-forth, before Maxville eventually triumphed to snag the valuable 10 points.

Both Alexandria and Lancaster finished with 62 total points, followed by Maxville with 56, and Vankleek Hill with 44. By rule, in order to claim the trophy from the holder the previous year, a club must finish with more points, in other words winning outright. In this case, Lancaster would have needed to end the campaign ahead of Alexandria. As the clubs finished in a tie, the prestigious plaque remains with the previous holder, Alexandria.

The senior men’s inter-club competition is a season-long event, with bonspiels held in each of the local clubs: Lancaster, Glengarry (Maxville), Alexandria, and Vankleek Hill.

Event convenor Claude Cuerrier extends his congratulations to the curlers from the Alexandria Curling Club. Team One was Bob Hayes, Dan Sloan, Denis Barsola, and Pius Schlauri. Team Two included Ian Fraser, Jaques Pilon, Lance Laviolette, and Raffaele Magliocco.

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Among players representing the Alexandria Curling Club were team two members, from left, skip Ian Fraser, lead Jaques Pilon, second Lance Laviolette, and third Raffaele Magliocco. (Claude Cuerrier photo)

Cuerrier adds his thanks to all curlers representing the four clubs for ” a tremendous effort for this season. See you all, God willing, next fall. Cheerio to all, and have a good summer. We shall come out victorious at the end of this coronavirus-19 period.”

The convenor also extends his appreciation to club volunteers, icemen, kitchen workers, and all personnel involved in the senior bonspiels circuit throughout Ontario and Quebec, as well as to those involved in the Parnell and McLellan bonspiels, and a special thanks to president Phillippe Rouleau and secretary Jean-Paul Boily.

with files from Claude Cuerrier

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