Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 18, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
10 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD February It's a bit complicated but... Alberta squeezed out a bronze Quebec clinched badminton Sunday By LLOYD YAMAGISHI Herald Sports Writer The final round of the 1975 Canada Winter Games team badminton competition Monday night was expected to be anti-climatic but it wasn't. After Quebec clinched the gold medal Sunday, a majority of the enthusiasts on hand presumed last night's affair would just be a formality. What they had forgotten was Alberta, British Columbia and Manitoba with 8-2 records were battling 'desperately 10. remaining two medals in the competition. B.C. was in the spotlight throughout the even- ing proceedings as they alone would determine where the three teams would finish in the final standings, that is, if Alberta and Manitoba won their evening matches. As it turned out, Alberta disposed of Northwest Territories 9-0 and Manitoba defeated Prince Edward Island by a similar count. This left the British Columbia-Ontario contest the most crucial match of the six-day tourney as B.C. needed a victory in order to stay in the running for a medal. It was a silver medal or nothing for B.C. as a loss would drop them to fourth place in the final standings with an 8-3 record. A win, on the other hand, would leave B.C., Alberta and Manitoba with 9-2 records and the West Coast club would be declared the silver medalists due to its better win-loss record against the other two clubs. Alberta, who defeated Manitoba 7-2 earlier in the tourney, would win the bronze medal. The final encounter of the evening, which lasted 2Vz hours over the scheduled 4Vz-hour time limit, had the sparse crowd on the edge of its seat. The teams were tied after eight events and the ninth and final event, mixed doubles, would be the deciding factor. Lillian Cozzarini and Graham Simm of On- tario took the opening match of the best-of-three games 15-8, but the B.C. combination of Maureen Chen and Blake Kennedy scored back- to-back victories to give their province the silver medal. And the bronze went to Alberta. Meanwhile, in other games staged during the evening, Quebec completed its tourney schedule undefeated by trouncing Yukon 9-0, Saskatchewan defeated Newfoundland 7-2 and New Brunswick defeated Nova Scotia 5-4. QUEBEC'S ROGER CAUCHON, FRONT, AND GAETAN JEAN Final L Quebec (gold) British Columbia 0 9 2 Alberta 2 2 4 5 New 6 7 Nova 8 Prince Edward 9 Northwest 10 11 ALBERTA'S JAMES MACKIE AND MAGGIE NOVOTNY photos 3 teams share volleyball lead By LLOYD YAMAGISHI Herald Sports Writer Three teams shared the spotlight in the opening round of the 1975 Canada Winter Games men's volleyball com- petition Monday. Manitoba, Quebec and British Columbia scored two victories each and took an early lead in the five-day event scheduled to be held at three venue sites, Blairmore, the University of Lethbridge, and the Lethbridge Civic Centre. The men's" competition as well as the women's four-day championship, which got un- der way this morning, will feature a two-division round robin tournament capped off with an interdivisional playoff. Team standings within each division will be determined by the number of matches won. A match will consist of the best- of-three games. Final standings will be determined by an inter- divisional playoff as follows: Teams ranked three through six in Division A will compete against teams ranked three through six in Division B. First place finisher in Divi- sion A playoff against, the se- cond place finisher in Division B while first place winners of Division B playoff with the se- cond place winners of Division A. Losers of the two matches playoff for third and fourth place while the winners playoff for first and second placings. Division A teams in men's action include, Manitoba, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Quebec, Saskatchewan and Yukon while Division B teams include Alberta, B.C., New Brunswick, Northwest Territories, Ontario and Prince Edward Island. Meanwhile in Monday's Division A action, Manitoba and Quebec scored two easy victories. Manitoba blanned Yukon 2-0 and dumped Saskatchewan 2-1 while Quebec defeated Yukon 2-0 and Nova Scjtia 2-1. Other games saw Saskatchewan edge New- foundland 2-1 and Nova Scotia 2-0. In Division B play, B.C. is alone in first place after blanking Ontario and New Brunswick 2-0 while four teams share second after splitting their two encounters. Alberta has a slim hold on second after losing 2-0 to On- tario and winning 2-0 against Prince Edward Island while Ontario's win over Alberta and a 2-0 loss to B.C. kept 'them on par with the host province. New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island also have a share of second. New Brunswick earned a 2-0 win over Northwest Territories, but lost 2-0 to B.C. while Prince Edward Island suffered their only setback to Alberta: The only other game played saw Prince Edward Island defeat Northwest Territories 2-0. Division A Manitoba Quebec Nova Scotia Saskatchewan Newfoundland Yukon Division B British Columbia Alberta New Brunswick Ontario Prince Edward Island Northwest territories Photos by Rick Ervin, Bill Groenen and Walter Kerber Hugh Harding of the Alberta team (Number 7) sets up a spike and penetrates with a spike of his own photos above and below. A closer look at the U of L gymnasium Monday night yielded these glimpses of off-court activities. That's Alberta coach Carl Royan, right, and less-than-excited Michael Amen, 3, 526 17th St. S., catching a few winks in mom's arms, below right. Left is Prince Edward Island coach Myron Weeks peeling oranges for his athletes. That's Wes Stripling of the Alberta team limbering up for the game and members of the British Columbia team cheering their mates.