Lohnes, Richards perfect on way to provincial crown at home
TRURO - Both Ted Lohnes and George Richards got what they were hoping for Sunday at Truro Curling Club.
Ted Lohnes, right, of Truro Heights, shakes hands with teammate George Richards after the pair clinched the provincial stick curling championship Sunday at Truro Curling Club with a 5-0 win over clubmates Lorne Breckon and Ray Thibault. Lohnes and Richard ran the table at the event with a 7-0 record. Matthew Veno - Truro Daily News
Richards, an 83-year-old Truro resident won his first provincial curling title of any variety and his partner Ted Lohnes, a 74-year-old Truro Heights resident, fulfilled his goal of helping Richards do it when the pair defeated Lorne Breckon and Ray Thibault 5-0 in the provincial stick curling final. The victory earns the pair a trip to the Maritime championship March 12 to 14 in Oromocto, N.B.
"It feels good. It's my first provincial title and probably my last," Richards said with a laugh.
Lohnes, who clinched his third provincial stick curling crown after titles in 2007 and 2009, was just as excited for his friend.
"I wanted to win for George," he said. "I've got a few and been there and done that but George hasn't won a provincial and he's got one now. It's our Tankard and we won it."
Lohnes and Richards cruised through the three-day event, which kicked off Friday, with a 7-0 record. The pair swept through the 17-team round robin with a 5-0 record to finish atop their pool and earn a bye straight to Sunday's semifinal. With all four semifinal squads based out of Truro Curling Club, Lohnes and Richards nipped Ray Shillington and Bill MacLeod 5-4.
Not bad for a pair that played their first-ever game together in the event opener.
Breckon and Thibault topped defending champion Ron Crowe and Heather Totten 4-1 in the other semi. But Breckon and Thibault played three other games earlier in the day, and were beginning to feel the effects of their fifth match by the final.
Richards said he and Lohnes also leaned on their experience in the championship game.
"Ted and I have both been curling a long time overall," he said. "But Ray only started playing stick this year about Christmas time. They practiced a lot but they just started together."
Lohnes said he and Richards were also steady on the ice all weekend.
"We were consistent and we never got behind," he said. "The most we were behind was a point or two so we were usually ahead and let us play the game we wanted to play."
Now the Lohnes is looking forward to Richards getting his first experience at the Maritime championship, which features the top four teams from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and P.E.I.
"My goal coming into the weekend was to finish in the top four so we could go," Lohnes said. "Because it's a lot of fun."
Travis Colter defeated Mayflower's Tom Sullivan 9-7 in Sunday's provincial mixed doubles final, which was also held at Truro Curling Club.
The unaffiliated Colter, accompanied by Julia Williams, posted a 6-2 record at the event.
Sullivan, partnered with Mary-Anne Arsenault, held a 5-4 lead after four ends. Colter knotted the game in the fifth before Sullivan scored two in the sixth for a 7-5 lead.
But Colter countered with three in the seventh to go up 8-7 and stole another in the eighth to seal the victory.
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