Neepawa curling team wins Westman Super League



By Eoin Devereux

The Neepawa Banner

Neepawa’s Jerry Chudley had already waited over six years to be the Westman Super League of Curling Champion, so having to wait one extra end was not all that bad. 

On Sunday, Jan. 25 in Brandon, Chudley’s team was able to outlast four-time defending champion Terry McNamee, on the way to 7-5 in 11 ends.

Chudley, who has been participating in the Super League since 2008, scored a pair in an extra end to edge McNamee and claim the title. Chudley said the team has come close to the championship a few times before, so the victory this time around was very gratifying.

“It’s the first time we’ve won the league. We were in the final once before and we’ve made the playoffs every year. This was our second time in the final and we pulled it off. Against Terry [McNamee], it was definitely a challenge. It was a good game and close all the way through,” said Chudley, “We survived the final end and felt if we kept [the extra end] clean, we’d have a pretty good chance to leave ourselves a shot and it worked out. I didn’t even need to throw my last rock. So, it worked out well,”

Chudley noted that the team, who consist of Kevin Cooley, Brent McKee and Paul Robertson are feeling very confident about their game, as they prepare for the Safeway Provincials, set for Brandon in early February.

“I think that we are playing well at the right time,” added Chudley. “We wanted to be playing at a high level going into [provincials] and felt as though we’ve accomplished that. It’s definitely a positive. “

The 2015 Safeway Championship will from Feb. 4-8, at Westman Communications Group Place.