Andrew Rankin - Metro Halifax
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Skip Jamie Murphy throws a rock against team Mark Dacey during the final match of the men's Tankard at the Halifax Curling Club.
Jamie Murphy needed to come up big on his last shot, and he did exactly that.
Up by one in the 10th and final end, the 32-year-old skip from Lakeshore nailed a double take out on his final shot, scoring three more in the process, to beat out Mayflower’s Mark Dacey 12-8, capturing the Nova Scotia Tankard at the Halifax Curling Club on Sunday afternoon.
“To win this way is unbelievable,” said a visibly moved Murphy after the win.
“They just never gave up. Mark is an unbelievable skip and he knows how to keep his guys in the game. We knew it was going to go right to the end.”
In the end, Dacey couldn’t completely climb out of a 4-0 first end hole. Ultimately, Murphy’s rink of Jordan Pinder, Mike Bardsley and Donald McDermaid was the better team, topping Dacey in all three of their matchups over the five-day tournament.
“We know his game, and we get fired up to play him,” said Murphy. “We say it every year, to win the Tankard you have to go through Mark. He’s got tons of experience, and he’s unbelievable.”
Now Murphy and Co. will represent Nova Scotia at the Tim Horton Brier, from March 1 to 9 in Kamloops. It will be his second trip to the national championship.
“It’s unbelievable,” added Murphy. “The first one was awesome but I can’t wait to get back.”
Dacey’s lead Andrew Gibson admitted that a rough start ultimately led to his rink’s downfall.
“We got off to a slow start giving them four in the first,” said Gibson. “But, we showed a lot of character fighting back and left them a fairly difficult shot for the win. But (Murphy) pulled it off and made a great shot to win it.”