1961 Diamond D Championship

The 1961 Dominion Diamond "D" Championship was the very first Canadian women's curling championship. It was held at the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club February 27 to March 3. The format was a round robin, and a playoff was held to determine 2nd place due to a three-way tie. Joyce McKee and her rink from Saskatoon, who were the unofficial national ladies' champion from 1960, won her first of five national championships, by posting an undefeated 9-0 record.

Games were 10 ends in length, except for the playoff (tie breaker) games, which were 12 ends.

TeamsEdit

Alberta British Columbia
Edmonton CC, Edmonton[1]

Skip: Dorothy Thompson
Third: Ila Watson
Second: Vivian Kortgaard
Lead: Ruth Hayes

Nanaimo CC, Nanaimo

Skip: Margaret Fuller
Third: Sylvia Koster
Second: Edna Quinney
Lead: Fernande Smith

Manitoba New Brunswick
Strathclair CC, Strathclair

Skip: Irene Parker
Third: Shirley Winstone
Second: Lola Grills
Lead: Olive Gamey

Beaver CC, Moncton

Skip: Mona Comeau
Third: Kay Cormack
Second: Vera Shutt
Lead: Evelyn Brooks

Newfoundland Nova Scotia
Grand Falls CC, Grand Falls

Skip: Violet Pike
Third: Margaret Ryan
Second: Joan Baker
Lead: Ruby Tittemore

Lunenburg, Lunenburg

Skip: Mona Rhodenizer
Third: Grace Walters
Second: Margaret Jensen
Lead: Catherine Creighton

Ontario Prince Edward Island
Toronto Granite Club, Toronto

Skip: Emily Woolley
Third: Dadie Smith
Second: Barbara Gibson
Lead: Jane Clark

Charlottetown CC, Charlottetown

Skip: Elizabeth MacDonald
Third: Sally Rodd
Second: Evelyn Goss
Lead: Nora MacDonald

Quebec Saskatchewan
Mount Royal CC, Mount Royal

Skip: Helena Ellyet
Third: Annabelle MacDonald
Second: Frances Aboud
Lead: Margaret Lavery

Hub City CC, Saskatoon

Skip: Joyce McKee
Third: Sylvia Fedoruk
Second: Barbara MacNevin
Lead: Rosa McFee

Final round robin standingsEdit

Province W L
Saskatchewan 9 0
  New Brunswick 6 3
Alberta 6 3
  British Columbia 6 3
  Ontario 5 4
  Manitoba 4 5
  Quebec 3 6
  Prince Edward Island 2 7
  Newfoundland 2 7
  Nova Scotia 2 7

ScoresEdit

Draw 1

  • British Columbia 13-9 Newfoundland
  • Ontario 12-5 Nova Scotia
  • Prince Edward Island 12-2 Quebec
  • Saskatchewan 7-6 Alberta (11)
  • New Brunswick 12-5 Manitoba

Draw 2

  • Saskatchewan 11-5 Manitoba
  • Newfoundland 11-10 Nova Scotia (11)
  • Ontario 10-8 Quebec
  • British Columbia 11-5 Prince Edward Island
  • Alberta 12-9 New Brunswick

Draw 3

  • Saskatchewan 10-4 Ontario
  • British Columbia 9-5 New Brunswick
  • Manitoba 12-5 Nova Scotia
  • Prince Edward Island 6-5 Newfoundland
  • Alberta 10-6 Quebec

Draw 4

  • New Brunswick 10-7 Ontario
  • Saskatchewan 10-8 Nova Scotia
  • Quebec 8-7 Newfoundland
  • Manitoba 12-2 Prince Edward Island
  • Alberta 11-4 British Columbia

Draw 5

  • Nova Scotia 10-8 British Columbia
  • Alberta 13-5 Prince Edward Island
  • Saskatchewan 11-3 New Brunswick
  • Quebec 9-8 Manitoba
  • Ontario 10-3 Newfoundland

Draw 6

  • British Columbia 10-7 Ontario
  • Newfoundland 12-8 Manitoba
  • Alberta 10-6 Nova Scotia
  • New Brunswick 9-3 Prince Edward Island
  • Saskatchewan 11-2 Quebec

Draw 7

  • Manitoba 11-9 Ontario
  • New Brunswick 11-7 Nova Scotia
  • Alberta 11-3 Newfoundland
  • British Columbia 8-7 Quebec (11)
  • Saskatchewan 11-7 Prince Edward Island

Draw 8

  • Ontario 13-4 Prince Edward Island
  • Quebec 12-4 Nova Scotia
  • New Brunswick 13-11 Newfoundland
  • Saskatchewan 7-6 British Columbia
  • Manitoba 8-7 Alberta

Draw 9

  • British Columbia 12-4 Manitoba
  • Saskatchewan 10-7 Newfoundland
  • Nova Scotia 8-5 Prince Edward Island
  • Ontario 13-4 Alberta
  • New Brunswick 10-8 Quebec (11)

Playoff tie breakersEdit

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Final
Alberta 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 4 1 10
  British Columbia 1 0 1 1 1 0 2 0 1 2 0 0 9


Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Final
Alberta 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 X 6
  New Brunswick 0 1 4 2 0 2 1 2 0 1 0 X 13

ReferencesEdit

SourcesEdit

  • Ottawa Citizen. March 3, 1961. pg 15
  • Ottawa Citizen. March 4, 1961. pg 11