Gobeil rink advances to final

After soundly beating the other three rinks in his pool, then downing the first-place team from the other pool in a playoff match, local OPP officer Scott Gobeil and his crew are in the final of the 2004 Manitoba Police Curling Championships later today.
Gobeil, along with third Dave Priestly and second Scott Bell, both of the Winnipeg City Police, and lead Dennis Smith of the Thunder Bay OPP, beat the Nelson rink 8-5 in yesterday’s playoff match.
Gobeil will face the winner of the semi-final showdown between Nelson and Langrell, who advanced after beating the Stewart rink 6-4 in the playoff battle between the second-place rinks from each pool.
Earlier yesterday, Gobeil downed the Dennison rink 7-4 in seven ends to wrap up pool play— and first place—with a perfect 3-0.
Gobeil’s crew had opened action Sunday with a 6-4 win over Langrell before dumping the Cann rink 6-1 in just five ends.
This bonspiel is open to all police curlers in Manitoba and an area extending 300 miles east of Thunder Bay. This is the first year a police curling championship was not held strictly for Northern Ontario, noted Gobeil.
The Manitoba champs will advance to the 49th-annual Canadian Police Curling Championship slated March 13-20 at the Glendale Golf and Country Club in Hamilton.