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Windsor rink to play in National Mixed Curling Championship

<p>From left, skip Doug MacKenzie, third Jocelyn Nix, second Richard Barker and lead Shelley Barker are off to nationals. (Submitted photo)</p>
<p>From left, skip Doug MacKenzie, third Jocelyn Nix, second Richard Barker and lead Shelley Barker are off to nationals. (Submitted photo)</p>

HANTS COUNTY - Windsor’s Doug MacKenzie rink is heading to the 2016 Canadian National Mixed Curling Championship in Etobicoke, Ontario next week.

The rink, which consists of skip MacKenzie, third Jocelyn Nix, second Richard Barker and lead Shelley Barker, received a fine send-off Nov. 1 at the Windsor Curling Club.

The team will fly out Nov. 6 and will begin play Nov. 9, following a bye in Sunday night's opening draw.

“The Windsor rink's strength will come from the offensive side,” said MacKenzie, noting they are confident with their draw weight and putting many rocks in play.

Richard Barker added another team strength is their chemistry.

“I can throw heavy knock-out weight when necessary and Shelley is an exceptional sweeper while Jocelyn is a great play caller,” said Barker.

MacKenzie said it appears Alberta and British Columbia will be the strongest teams they will face off against, at least that’s what it looks like on paper.

Nova Scotia has done quite well in the past, having won national championships in 1993, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003 and 2010.

The first National Mixed Curling Championship took place in Manitoba in 1964.

The Windsor rink will play six games in three days before learning whether they advance to the playoff round,

The semi-finals will take place Nov. 14 at 11 a.m. Atlantic time, while the gold and bronze medal games will be played at 5 p.m.

A total of 14 teams will take part, with all provinces plus the three territories represented as well as Northern Ontario.

The winning team will advance to the World Mixed Curling Championship in September,

The MacKenzie rink will also be back to defend their provincial championship before a home audience when the Provincial Mixed Championship takes place in Windsor March 4-8, 2016.  

 

 

The rink, which consists of skip MacKenzie, third Jocelyn Nix, second Richard Barker and lead Shelley Barker, received a fine send-off Nov. 1 at the Windsor Curling Club.

The team will fly out Nov. 6 and will begin play Nov. 9, following a bye in Sunday night's opening draw.

“The Windsor rink's strength will come from the offensive side,” said MacKenzie, noting they are confident with their draw weight and putting many rocks in play.

Richard Barker added another team strength is their chemistry.

“I can throw heavy knock-out weight when necessary and Shelley is an exceptional sweeper while Jocelyn is a great play caller,” said Barker.

MacKenzie said it appears Alberta and British Columbia will be the strongest teams they will face off against, at least that’s what it looks like on paper.

Nova Scotia has done quite well in the past, having won national championships in 1993, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003 and 2010.

The first National Mixed Curling Championship took place in Manitoba in 1964.

The Windsor rink will play six games in three days before learning whether they advance to the playoff round,

The semi-finals will take place Nov. 14 at 11 a.m. Atlantic time, while the gold and bronze medal games will be played at 5 p.m.

A total of 14 teams will take part, with all provinces plus the three territories represented as well as Northern Ontario.

The winning team will advance to the World Mixed Curling Championship in September,

The MacKenzie rink will also be back to defend their provincial championship before a home audience when the Provincial Mixed Championship takes place in Windsor March 4-8, 2016.  

 

 

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