Volume 95, Issue 48

Tuesday, November 27, 2001
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Mustangs light up Waterloo and remain unbeaten

Mustangs sink Lakehead

"Somewhere over the rainbow..."

OUA bronze for Mustangs

Western curlers let rocks fly

Skaters salchow to second

Acrobatics on display

Western curlers let rocks fly

By Dave Martin
Gazette Staff

Saturday afternoon, the Western curling teams began their seasons hosting the UWO Bonspiel at Thompson Arena.

Teams from Toronto and Waterloo made the trip down the 401 to take on Western's men's, women's, mixed and wheelchair teams in a one day round-robin event consisting of three games per team.

This early in the year, the men's and women's rosters have yet to be solidified. This led to a shuffled duty list for the men and women, each into mixed teams, allowing more players to show their skills in real competition.

In the end, this mixed team ended up winning the gold in the men's division, while the actual men's team finished second and the women took gold in their division.

Men's head coach Amy McAninch said some roster uncertianties for remain.

"We are not completely decided on both the men's and women's teams, as to their final line-ups," she said. "We've got to evaluate some things and events like this weekend help us a lot to see what mixes might work."

This weekend was all about re-tooling for the Mustangs, McAninch noted, adding the tournament gave the team a preview of things to come.

"It's good to have had the whole team returning, as they are already a cohesive group from playing together before. This weekend was a good test for us and we'll be looking to be tough against teams from Windsor and Queens," she said.

The women's team finished 2-1 as well, defeating Waterloo and the Western wheelchair team, but losing in a one-rock shoot-out to the University of Toronto.

Men's head coach Bruce McAninch said the recipe for success includes a balanced attack.

"We're a very balanced team, strong at every position and because of that, we're not weighing all of our hopes on one person," he said.

He also noted his team's need to practice.

"We've got to work on our thinking process and execution in special situations. Just like special teams in football, how you handle certain circumstances can make a big difference," he said.

Third-year veteran of the women's team, Moira Klein-Swormink said communication is a critical component in curling and is something the team has to work on.

"We've got to improve a bit on our communication because it can make a huge difference to the end result," she said. "Curling is such a team sport that talking between each team member, [as far as] what is said and when it is said is so important. Once we get [communication] down a little better, everything else will fall into place," she said.

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