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Kincardine man on winning team at southern Ontario Masters Men's curling championship

By: Liz Dadson
January 18, 2018

Les Shane of Kincardine has a new plaque for his wall, after being part of the Paisley team that won the southern Ontario Masters Men's curling championship in St. Marys, Sunday.

Shane played lead on skip Al Hutchinson's team which also included vice Don Shane and second Gary Cobean.

"Our record was eight wins, three losses, and we were representing the Paisley club," said Les Shane. "We hope to maintain the southern Ontario record of getting more wins than losses, and hopefully, make the playoffs. The Canadian championships start April 1 in Surrey, British Columbia."

A member of the Kincardine Curling Club, Shane said he was thrilled to quality for the national curling championships after three previous attempts in the Masters which is for players over the age of 60.

"This was our third try with Al Hutchinson's team and one before, with Dave Cobean and a team from Port Elgin," he said. "We have been runner-up and tied for that position before. Last year in Glencoe, we missed the playoffs by one game."

Shane has been curling since he was a teenager.

"My parents both curled a lot, and my first years of curling happened while living in St. Marys when I about 13 years old," he said. "The club manager and chairman of the Masters in St. Marys was taught by Jessie Shane when she was a beginner. She has been asked to skip the Nunavut team for the Scotties in a few weeks in B.C. also.

"The first rink I can ever remember being in, was the two-sheet Paisley Curling Club where my grandpa played in a league. I was about seven then.

"Both Al (Hutchinson) and I celebrated our 64th birthdays while curling at the provincials last week which made the winning that much sweeter. Plus our Bed-and-Breakfast hosts supplied us with treats for extra energy!"

Shane said that last year's Canadian champion was the Al Hackner team of Thunder Bay (northern Ontario entry).

"In the early 1980s, I made it to the provincial men's finals twice with the Kincardine team skipped by Max MacIntyre, and once in the mixed with the Al Matheson team," he said. "Even at my age, I still get fired up to play the competitive games against other teams, going back to high school years!"

Les Shane (left) of Kincardine, with his teammates, Gary Cobean, Don Shane and Al Hutchinson after winning the southern Ontario Masters Men's curling championship in St. Marys, Sunday; photo by Carol Ann D'Andrea


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