Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 13, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Thurtdiy, Fibruiry 13, 1975 Ontario and Quebec dominate opening day foil contest By CLARKE HUNTER Herald Sports Writer "We're high and says Gerald Hubert, speaking for the Quebec men's foil fencing team. "And we're going to win it." "We'll wait and says Ontario' coach John ApSimon. "The moment of truth will be Thursday night." The Ontario and Quebec teams have conflicting opinions about what the out- come will be in tonight's final round of the round robin men's foil fencing event at the Civic Centre. Both clubs went through six matches Wednesday undefeated in team play, and between the two teams, there are four fencers in the running for the gold medal in individual competition. Gerald Wall of Ontario leads all of the 27 fencers involved in Wednesday's matches with an 18-2 record, and will face each of the three Quebec' par- ticipants in single bouts tonight which will decide the medal positions for men's foil. All three Quebec fencers, Donald Charest, Gerald Hubert, and Andre Leduc sport 17-3 records. Women's foil matches got under way this morning at the Civic Centre and were scheduled to run through to 5 p.m., with the final two rounds of the men's foil tournament set for this even- ing beginning at 8 p.m. The tournament was set up as a round robin rather than an elimination affair in order to stress the participa- tion aspect which is central to the Games. Ontario and Quebec tangle in the final round tonight at p.m., and barring an upset in the earlier round, the two teams should both be still un- defeated going into that match. The two three man units met three weeks ago in a university tournament in Ottawa, and Quebec emerged vic- torious. "We did it says Quebec coach Jean-Pierre Le Coz. "Why not On the other hand, Ontario coach ApSimon, also president of the Cana- dian Fencing Association, maintains, "That was only an exhibition. It is of no real consequence." Alberta is tied for third place behind the leaders with a 4-2 record. The Alberta team downed Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and New- foundland Wednesday, losing only to Ontario and Quebec. Saskatchewan also has a 4-2 record. Throughout most of the day, it looked as if Alberta would have one fencer in the running for an individual medal. In the first round, set aside for intra team bouts, Helmut Mach, a 25 year old competitor from Edmonton, dumped both of his team-mates, and then won his first bout in the second round, blitzing Michael Elliot of On- tario 5-0. He lost his next two bouts to Ontario fencers, but went through the next nine undefeated, and was tied with Charest and Wall for the lead with just the two losses. However, in the evening com- petitions, he lost three straight to New- foundland fencers, and another two to the powerful Quebec team, before up- setting Charest 5-2 in his final bout of the day. That win knocked'Charest out of a first place tie and lifted Mach's record to 13-7. "Helmut is probably our best said Alberta coach Michael O'Brien, an internationally recognized Master at Arms who came to Canada from Australia just over four months ago on an O'Keefe Sports Foundation grant. O'Brien is the only accredited Master in the Prairie provinces and is working to improve the quality of fencing in Western Canada. He is based in Ed- monton, hence Alberta's luck in having him coach the Winter Games team. The first bouts got under way Wednesday morning after the Fencing opening ceremonies. All of the com- peting athletes marched into the Civic Centre behind their respective-provin- cial flags, and saluted President ApSimon of the national fencing association. Then ApSimon presented one of the competitors with a foil weapon to of- ficially open the event. Also on hand to welcome the athletes was Tom Doyle, minister of rehabilitation and recrea- tion for New Brunswick. Prime Minister Trudeau appeared briefly later in the morning. Canada Games technical advisor George -The Gemer of Lethbridge explained to the prime minister some of the finer points of the game, but evidently Mr. Trudeau was still taken somewhat aback by the rapidity with which things were happening on the four or fenc- ing strips. When asked it he, had any im- pressions of the sport offhand, he replied simply, "No, not really." In all, 81 bouts were run off Wednesday, as the three members from each of nine provinces squared off against each other in the first round before competing against the other provinces. Prince Edward Island, the Northwest Territories, and the Yukon did not send teams. .Brian Maluta of Saskatchewan and Robert Young of Newfoundland were the only competitors to spoil Wall's record on the first dav. 1975 cjaenuaxda ___gamesL_ Manitoba's women rule speedskating SPEEDSKATING QUEENS: PAT DURNIN KATHY VOGT, BARBARA JOHNSON A Iberta 9s off and running By GARRY ALLISON Herald Sports Writer Alberta, led by the scoring of Joe McLaughlin, the rebounding of Jim Anderson, and the floor generalship of Dave Faulks and Brian Smith, defeated Saskatchewan 67-51 Wednesday night in the first round of men's basketball ac- tion at the Canada Winter Games. The Alberta represen- tatives, the Mount Royal Cougars, started a bit shakey and didn't gain the lead until the mark of the first half when they made it 10-8. From that point on it was all Alberta. They built a half- time lead of 33-26 and added to that lead in the second half, leading by 25 points, 61-36, at one time. McLaughlin was the leading Alberta point getter with 15. Big Jim Anderson, a six-foot nine-inch centre from Olds, pulled down a total of 19 rebounds. But it was really the ball handling and the playmaking of Smith and Faulks that spelled the difference for the Alberta team. At one stretch in the second half, Smith caused four tur- novers and converted every one of them himself. These eight points, added to two more he picked up early in the game, gave him a total of 10 for the night, the same number that Joe Shamanski popped in for the winners. "I was happy with our Alberta coach Jack Kenyon stated. "When you hold a club to 51 points it means you've done the job defensively." Saskatchewan's top scorer was Dick Weir with 12.points. "The win was a big one for us and puts us in good shape for our contest with Nova Scotia Thursday night at 9 at Magrath. Nova Scotia looked tough in their win tonight and I look for a tough game with them." Nova Scotia played the game prior to the Alberta Saskatchewan contest at the University of Lethbridge and easily defeated Prince Edward Island 86-39. The tall Nova Scotians com- pletely dominated the boards in their one-sided contest and forced the Islanders to shoot from the outside throughout the game. Alastair MacDonald was the big man for the winning Nova Scotia crew, as he banged home 20 points. James Collins was next in line with 16 for the winners. Gordon MacKay came up with 11 points in a losing effort for P.E.I. Alberta's women's team did not fare as well as the men and dropped an opening round game 60-44 to Manitoba. The women, trailing 29-21 at the half to the Manitoba squad, just couldn't muster enough points and dropped still further back through the second half. Amanda Holloway was the leader for the Alberta girls with 16 points while Nora Way chipped in with 14 more. Gail Winston hooped 14 for the winning Manitoba team, followed by Beth Johnston with 11. The Alberta girls were playing in Raymond. Quebec's women's team dropped Nova Scotia 103-70 in a game played at Picture Butte. The winners received 28 points from Coleen Dufresne and 26 from Elizabeth Silcott. Helika Hudoffsky was the leading scorer for Nova Scotia with 16 points. Heather Witzel fired home 18 points to lead the Saskatchewan girls team past Prince Edward Island 97-34 in a one-sided contest played in Picture Butte. Susan Cash was tops for the losers with 11 points. Raymond was the scene of the 74-25 win by New Brunswick women over New- foundland. Karen Lee was the leading point getter with 19 points for the winners while three different Newfoundland players came up with six points each. Beva Bland hooped 14 points and Marg Mainwaring chipped in with 13 more to lead British Columbia to a 98- 14 win over the Yukon women. Va! Cave was tops for the northern squad with four points. The game was played in Picture Butte. Ontario swept by Northwest Territories 64-18 in the final games at Raymond, led by Cecil Bourret with 16 points and Jo-Anne Lazarus with 14. Carolyn Robertson scored six points in a losing cause. In the opening men's game of the day, played at the Sportsplex in Lethbridge, On- tario had an easy time with the Yukon, upending them 96- 47. Ontario dominated the boards throughout and were allowed to run their plays without much interference 'from the Yukon defence. On- tario denied the Yukon any in- side shots on offence, forcing them to shoot from well out. Martin Gyshers hit for 24 points for the winners and David Kirychuk added 14 more. LeRoy Morrell was top man for the Yukon with a total of 19 points. Quebec ran up the highest score of'the day and trounced the North West Territories 175-26 in a game played in Cardston. Varouj Gurunlian scored 34 points for the winners, eight more than the N.W.T. team, and Steve Dowd chipped in with 22. Wilbert'Firth was the lone bright light for the northerners as he rammed in 14 points. In the two evening games played at the Sportsplex, British Columbia defeated New Brunswick 81-69 and Manitoba ran over New- foundland 70-39. By PAT SULLIVAN Herald Sports Editor An unfortunate turn of events, or maybe you could say an extra cross-over, cost Manitoba a sweep of the medals in women's speedskating competition as the 1975 Canada Winter Games opened Wednesday. Coach Ron Marchuk of the powerful Manitoba club, which boasts five Canadian champions, was looking at a full array of silverware on day one until 15 year old Pat Durnin lost track of her cross overs in the 800-metre event and was disqualified. No one felt any sorrier than the pert Miss Durnin. "I don't know what I said the very disappointed young lady. "I wasn't sure if I had crossed over in the backstretch or not, so I simply crossed over in the front of the starting line." As it turned out, 'it allowed Dianne Caswell of Saskatchewan to break the Manitoba monopoly on medals and set the stage for today's competition. Miss Durnin said it herself and it was simply voiced once again by Manitoba officials, "watch out for our gal Pat the rest of the way." As it was the Manitoba gals left little to be desired as they simply outclassed their com- petition. It was almost as though they thought they needed to be the whole show. In the women's 400-metres Miss Durnin shared a silver medal with teammate Bar- bara Johnson as they finished just a mere a second behind gold medal winner Kathy Vogt. Miss Vogt covered the 400- metre distance in a very quick seconds while Johnson and Durnin were clocked at 39 seconds even. A fourth Manitoba skater, 13-year-old Shawna Hicks, was fourth at 39.6. In the event of a tie for gold or silver no bronze medal is awarded. was the way Miss Hicks described her misfortune. In the 800-metre event Miss Johnson and Miss Vogt simply switched places as Johnson took the gold and Vogt the silver. Caswell took home the bronze. Johnson's time was while Vogt was clocked at Caswell finished at Durnin's time was a very fast but in all fairness to the three medal winners her time could not be calculated as she did three inner laps and but one outer More Games coverage Page 12 lap. As one Manitoba official said in the jargon of the sport: "It would be next to impossi- ble to figure out her time as it is worked out on the basis of two inners and a like number of outers." As it was the Manitoba gals showed their class. Miss Vogt, the 400-metre gold medal winner missed her first skating time but it was not her fault and she was allowed to skate later in the session. It turned out very much to her liking. "We have always been very close, the three of she said. "It makes for some very good competition." The times recorded by the three were not their best times, however. Vogt has been clocked at 38.7 while 38.8 appears to be the best times of both Johnson and Durnin. Of the four Manitoba skaters, Vogt is Canadian junior cham- pion, Johnson intermediate and Hicks -juvenile. All three medal winners agreed on one thing, "we have to watch out for Shawna." At two years their junior, Miss Hicks is making things somewhat sticky. Meanwhile, while the focus of attention was on the Manitoba gals, a young On- tario skater showed his heels to competitors in the men's 500-metre event. Young Pat Guay, "pronounced gay" he says, toured the Sportsplex oval in 42.633 and set an unofficial Canadian record. However, it made the per- sonable young man very nap- py. The current record is 42.726. Jim Johnson of Manitoba was second at 45.008 while third was Craig Webster of Saskatchewan at 45.049. Johnson makes his home in Winnipeg as do the three Manitoba skaters. Guay, of Toronto, found the oval much better Wednesday than he did in practice Tues- day despite that fact he felt that the oval could be better. "Natural ice tends to be faster but we were expecting more I said Guay. "When we heard about the ar- tificial oval we expected something special." The powerful showing by the Manitoba girls gave their province 12 points in each of the two events. Saskatchewan earned 11 points in each of the two competitions while On- tario picked up 10 points each time out. The Manitoba team totals were 174 points in the 400- metres and another 166 for the 800. Alberta's best performance in the women's events were- turned in by Karen Melnyk of Calgary in the 800-metres, a time of and Dawn McMahon, also of Calgary, in the 400-metres, a time of 43 seconds flat. In the men's Robert Warrander and Michael Heitman were just hundreds of seconds apart. The two Calgary skaters finished with times of 47.059 and 47.068 Competition ends Saturday Alberta, Manitoba men lead curling By PAT SULLIVAN Herald Sports Editor As was to be expected Western Canada rinks moved front and centre as the Canada Winter Games men's curling action got under way on three fronts, but a pair of eastern rinks have upstaged their western counter- parts in the women's competition. Three draws in each of the two sections were held Wednesday at Lethbridge, Fort Macleod and Coaldale. Heading into today's action, Alberta and Manitoba sport unblemished marks in the men's play while On-, tario and Nova Scotia have yet to taste defeat in the women's. Alberta, skipped by Dave Cruickshank of Red Deer, and Manitoba, with Winnipeg's Dale Duguid calling the shots, each chalked up three victories Wednesday while Nova Scotia's Sandy Lusby and Kim Clark of On- tario followed suit with a trio of triumphs. Action continues today through until Saturday when the round robin competitions end. Cruickshank and Duguid were both overpowering Wednesday. The Red Deer skip admitted he got off to a bad start in his first game of the day against Prince Edward Island. Cruickshank was down 5-2 after three ends but recovered to outlast Bill Merklinger 11-9. After that, it was easy sledding for the Alberta quartet. In the afternoon draw they outclassed Don Crayford's Yukon foursome 12-5 and then ran away from Scott Grafton of Quebec 15-6 in the nightcap. "We started slowly, but things began to fall into place as the game said Cruickshank as he left the ice after his first game. Duguid got out of the gate in a hurry against Crayford and never looked back. Duguid opened with a 12-9 win over Yukon, dumped Don Pennell of New Brunswick 10-4 and then finished the evening with an 8-5 triumph over Joe Butler of Newfoundland. While Alberta and Manitoba are yet to lose, five other provinces are right on their heels with 2-1 records including British Columbia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec and Saskatchewan. In the meantime, Lusby and Clark will be looking over their shoulders anticipating a charge from Alber- ta, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Quebec and Saskatchewan in women's play. But for the time being, they can enjoy their first day victories. Lusby, by far the biggest surprise of the Games thus far, did not have an easy time of it at all Wednesday; In her first game she ran up against Lois Henderson of the Yukon and came away a 9-6 victor. Her next two wins didn't come quite as easily. Against Colleen Williamson of B.C. Lusby held on for a 12-11 triumph in one of the day's few ir.ni'athon contests. Josce Germain, one of three Germain sisters on the Quebec rink, just missed spoiling Lusby's record as she fell 8-7. Clark looked very sharp in her three victories. In her opener she doubled the score, 8-4, over Germain, got past Alberta's Joan Phillips 12-9 in the afternoon and then simply went through the motions as she trounced New Brunswick, skipped by Gail Parker 15-4. The Ontario New Brunswick game saw Clark run up a 12-0 lead after just four ends but in Canada Winter Games competition all games must go the full 10 ends Wednesday evening saw 'the first bit of controversy in curling when Manitoba prepared a protest against Alberta in their evening game. Manitoba, skipped by Patti Vandekerchkove, were 2- 0 before meeting Phillips. In the third end of the im- portant game Phillips slipped, injuring her knee. Phillips asked if she could stay in the game as skip but not throw any rocks. Her request brought a roar from the Manitoba team and coach and a protest was in turn prepared. It got no further than the drawing board as Phillips stayed in the game and threw her own rocks as she led her rink to a 10-7 victory. In explaining why she protested Linda Henschell, the Manitoba coach, said that just the request of such a thing had upset her team tremendously. "My girls have been thrown completely off their she said. "They feel so bad they can't concentrate." Nothing is expected to come of the protest.