Team Whitton wins 44th Vale bonspiel

Randy Whitton's team counted three in the seventh end to open up a four-point advantage on Al Meston's team, then ran them out of rocks in the eighth until Meston conceded the championship in the first event at the 44th Vale bonspiel to Whitton's team.

The teams traded points in the first two ends, Whitton opening the scoring with one in the first and Meston's team tying it up with one of their own in the second. Team Whitton counted two in the third end to open up a 3-1 lead but Meston's squad pulled within one with a point in the fourth end. They swapped singles in the fifth and sixth ends before Whitten scored the decisive blow.

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Whitton's team Todd Gray's team, then Claude Hykaywy's and finally Josh Bedford's to advance to the first event final. Meston's team opened with a win over Darryl Hause's squad and then beat Jon Wilby's team and Tyler Davis's foursome to make it to the championship match.

Darren Queen's squad faced Ernie Lamontagne's in the second event final, while team Hykawy and Ron Cripps's foursome battled in the third event final and Terry Lamontagne's team took on Don Mitchell's team for the fourth event final.

Twenty teams entered the bonspiel, with the first draw Friday night and the finals played Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Burntwood Curling Club.

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