Gobeil looking ahead to next year Finishes fifth at national showdown

Three games that went to extra ends were the story of the 2004 Canadian Police Curling Championships in Hamilton for Scott Gobeil and his Manitoba teammates.
“If we’d have won those two extra-end games, we’d have made the playoffs,” Gobeil said of Manitoba’s 7-4 loss to Alberta and 9-8 setback to Newfoundland during the round-robin portion of the national playdowns last week.
On the other hand, the highlight was a 7-6 extra-end win over Team Canada. “As a team, that was probably our best game,” said Gobeil, an officer with the Fort Frances OPP.
Manitoba finished the round-robin with a 5-5 record—tied for fifth place with Newfoundland and Quebec.
Ontario went on to beat Team Canada 10-6 in the final Saturday afternoon to take home top honours.
Next year, Manitoba will host the 50th-annual championship and Gobeil is hoping to be there again representing the province.
“This was my ninth trip,” he noted. “I’ve made it to the podium eight of nine times.”
Gobeil was a member of the local Clint Barton rink that won the national crown here in 1996.
His team this year was made up of third Dave Priestly and second Scott Bell, both with the Winnipeg police service, and Dennis Smith of the Thunder Bay OPP—a lead Gobeil has curled with at the past three championships.
This was the first year Northern Ontario was not represented as a team. Instead. Northern Ontario was split into two parts—with teams from the border to 300 miles east of Thunder Bay being included in Manitoba.
Staying at a hotel 30 minutes away from the rink where the tournament was held took away from the time the team spent at the events planned around the championship, but the team’s driver did take them on a tour of the Niagara Falls area the day after they lost out.
Each year, the tournament committee raises money for the Special Olympics in the host province. This year, $20,000 was raised for Ontario Special Olympics.