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Newfoundland and Labrador will play for bronze medal at national Travelers curling championship

NL Curling Association — The St. John's rink of (from left) Keith Jewer, Dave Noftall, Mark Healy and Andrew Symonds, representing Newfoundland and Labrador at the Canadian Travelers championship in Kingston, Ont., plays in the bronze-medal game today.
NL Curling Association — The St. John's rink of (from left) Keith Jewer, Dave Noftall, Mark Healy and Andrew Symonds, representing Newfoundland and Labrador at the Canadian Travelers championship in Kingston, Ont., plays in the bronze-medal game today.

Andrew Symonds rink from St. John's will face Alberta Saturday in Kingston, Ont.

Andrew Symonds and his St. John’s rink will be playing for a bronze medal Saturday at the Travelers national club curling championships in Kingston, Ont.
Symonds, third Mark Healy, second Dave Noftall and lead Keith Jewer made it to a Friday-night semifinal, but lost 5-2 to British Columbia. That means the Newfoundland and Labrador representatives will play in the bronze-medal game Saturday morning.
British Columbia will face Manitoba for the gold.
Friday night’s loss denied Symonds his second Traveler’s championship in the last three years; he, Healy and Keith Jewer, along with Cory Ewart, won the title in 2015.
Symonds didn’t compete in the national event last year; Travelers regulations don’t permit defending champions to return the following season.
The Travelers (formerly the Dominion) is most often referred to as a club championship, but it is very much a national tier 2 event providing a high level of competition for curlers who haven’t recently taken part in provincial, national or Grand Slam events.
Each team is allowed only one player who has played in a provincial/territorial junior, men’s, women’s or seniors championship or in a full-field Grand Slam event in the current or previous four curling seasons.
As well, no player on Travelers teams can have played in a Canadian junior, men’s (Brier), women’s (Scotties) or senior national championship in the current or previous four seasons.
The Symonds rink, out of the Re/Max Centre in St. John’s, was 4-2 in the round robin this week Kingston, giving it third place in its pool and a quarter-final date with host Ontario earlier Friday.
The Newfoundlanders won that one, in large part because they scored a five-ender, but they still needed to come up with the winning point with lack-rock advantage in the final end for a 7-6 win.
The women’s Travelers championship is being held concurrently in Kingston. Newfoundland, represented by the St. John’s rink of Wendy Dunne, Jennifer Taylor, Andrea Heffernan and Susie Ennis, finished with a 1-5 record.

brendan.mccarthy@thetelegram.com

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