By Josh Howald
Craig Milburn will have home ice on his side tonight.
Kincardine's Craig Milburn must win his game tonight at the Kincardine Curling Club in order to assure his rink a spot in the Grey-Bruce Major Curling League playoffs. (Independent File/Howald photo)
Tonight’s Grey-Bruce Major Curling League draw will be the final one of the regular season. And not everybody makes the playoffs. Millburn’s Kincardine rink will face Paisley’s Steve Gregg at 9 p.m. with a playoff spot on the line. If his rink can pull off a win tonight (Wednesday) at the Kincardine Curling Club, a spot at the party will be reserved. Lose, and it’s enter into a messy tiebreaker where virtually anything could happen.
Five teams have clinched playoff spots, though the exact order of finish could change. Kincardine’s Les Shane has one of those playoff spots, sporting an 8-5 record along with Brent Keeling and Don Bartley. Al Hutchinson of Owen Sound was 9-3, while Jeff Thomson of Chesley leads the league with a 10-2 regular season record. With eight playoff spots available in the area’s premier 15-team curling league, six other teams will battle for the final three playoff spots.
Things were supposed to be determined by now. All of tonight’s action was originally supposed to take place last Wednesday night. However, Mother Nature threw her two cents in, pushing the final draw of the season to tonight. Games will be played in Kincardine and Port Elgin.