Melfort Special Olympians take bronze

MELFORT— Melfort Special Olympian curlers are taking home bronze, after facing the country’s best at the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games.

Team Sask won four of their five games taking them into playoffs, but lost in playoffs to Team Ontario Kingston. This resulted in Team Sask facing and defeating Team BC Vipers for bronze.

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“Just the semi-final they just never had a good around game, then everything just didn’t work— everything was against them that game. Then they turned it around in the bronze medal game,” said Carl Kruger, the team’s assistant coach. “I’m quite proud of them.”

The team consisted of skip Danny Fiedelleck, third Scot Earl, second Garnet Gerski, and co-leads Rodney Mitchell and Mitchell Anderson.

Kruger said the team’s strengths that shown in the competition were their sweeping, and communication— in addition to their skip, Fiedelleck.

“He’s probably the best in Canada at the Special Olympics,” Kruger said.

In the bronze medal game, Kruger said the team was making almost all their shots and not letting it bother them when they missed.

“They played real well.”

The games were held in Thunder Bay, Ontario, from Feb. 25 to 29.

Kruger said the team intends to compete four years from now at the next Winter Games.

“They’re gung-ho already, ready to go for another shot at it.”

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