After a week of more than 20 draws — and nearly 300 players and supporters — the winners of the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championship were declared Saturday night in Yellowknife.
In the men's final, Team Nova Scotia, led by Alan O'Leary, beat Manitoba nine to eight. This is the first tournament win for Nova Scotia since the competition was first created in 1965.
In the women's draw, Manitoba, skipped by Lois Fowler, edged out Saskatchewan five to one.
None of the teams from the territories made it past the initial round robin games, which ended Friday.
Both Team Nova Scotia and Manitoba take the Canadian titles and will go to the World Senior Curling Championship in April 2015.
Yellowknife's 'cold' venue
For some curlers, the Yellowknife Curling Club was colder than what they were used to in their hometowns.
It didn't affect people's game, but mostly how — and where — they socialized.
For the first time, Yellowknife's curling rink installed a subfloor directly on top of the ice surface in the rink, so they could provide a larger area for a beer garden.
"The City of Yellowknife loaned this to us for the event," said Maureen Miller, the event's lead organizer. "So the flooring goes right over top of the ice, it screws in and it stays right in place."
But the beer garden had many empty seats throughout the tournament. For some, it was just too cold.
"It's like being outside in Calgary," said Glenys Bakker, the skip for Team Alberta. "It's cold, you have to wear your jackets and mitts … Most of the beer gardens I go to are indoors, so you're sitting in your shirt at a regular indoor event."
Throughout the week, many people decided to stay in the warmth of the upstairs viewing area at the curling rink.
But Miller says that changed every night, when live local musical entertainment, such as the band Lonely Council, played a set.
She still considers the cold beer garden a success, and may suggest trying it again if another big curling event comes to the city.