1927 Macdonald Brier

The 1927 Macdonald Brier Tankard, the Canadian men's national curling championship, was held March 1–3 at the Granite Club in Toronto. This edition of the Brier would be the first, with it also being the first time it was hosted in Ontario, and the first time it was hosted in Toronto's Granite Club.

1927 Macdonald Brier Tankard
Host cityToronto, Ontario
ArenaGranite Club, Toronto
DatesMarch 1–3, 1927
Winner Nova Scotia
Curling clubHalifax CC, Halifax
SkipMurray MacNeill
ThirdAl MacInnes
SecondCliff Torey
LeadJim Donahoe
FinalistNew Brunswick
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Skip Murray MacNeill of Nova Scotia would win the inaugural tournament, leading his rink of skips (his original team couldn't make the trip) to victory.

The event began with an opening banquet with Ontario Lieutenant Governor William Donald Ross and Ontario Premier Howard Ferguson welcoming players.[1]

Event Summary

After successful trips by the winner of the Manitoba Bonspiel in 1925 and their participation in the Quebec Bonspiel being deemed popular enough to consider a national tournament in 1926, the Stewart brothers of Macdonald Tobacco would sponsor what would become the Brier in 1927. Played at the Granite Club in Toronto, the tournament would feature teams from four provinces, two cities, and a representative from Western Canada and Northern Ontario, the latter becoming a fixture at the Brier. It would be the only Brier that would have all games go 14 ends (with two games going to a 15th end to break ties)[2]


The teams are listed as follows:[3]

Nova Scotia New Brunswick Quebec Montreal
Halifax CC, Halifax

Skip: Murray MacNeill
Third: Al MacInnes
Second: Cliff Torey
Lead: Jom Donahoe

Saint John Composite Rink*

Skip: Johnny Malcolm
Third: Fred Beatteay
Second: Reg Shives
Lead: Elbridge MacKay

Quebec CC, Quebec City

Skip: Major Robert Whyte
Third: Robert Morton
Second: Malcolm Holliday
Lead: Joe Power

Granite CA, Montreal

Skip: Peter Lyall
Third: Willie Brown
Second: Howard Stewart
Lead: Bruce Stewart

Toronto Ontario Northern Ontario Western Canada
High Park CC, Toronto

Skip: William Scott
Third: Ed Peaker
Second: Thomas Wright
Lead: Fred Lucas

Sarnia CC, Sarnia

Skip: Bob McKenzie
Third: William Watson
Second: J. M. Hunt
Lead: Harry Watson

Haileybury, Haileybury

Skip: Emmett Smith
Third: Dunc Sutherland
Second: Dan Millar
Lead: Mel Hunt

Yellow Grass CC, Yellow Grass, SK

Skip: Oswald Barkwell
Third: Alf Hill
Second: Hector Hay
Lead: Pete Wilken

*Malcolm curled out of the Thistle Curling Club in Saint John, Beatteay out of the St. Andrews Curling Club in Saint John, Shives out of the Campbellton Curling Club (Campbellton) and MacKay out of the Bathurst Curling Club (Bathurst)[4]


Province Skip Club City W L
Nova ScotiaMurray MacneillHalifax CCHalifax61
New BrunswickJohnny MalcolmSaint John Composite RinkSaint John52
TorontoWilliam ScottHigh Park CCToronto43
Northern OntarioEmmett SmithHaileybury CCHaileybury34
OntarioBob McKenzieSarnia CCSarnia34
Western Canada[5]Oswald BarkwellYellow Grass CCYellow Grass34
QuebecMajor Robert WhyteQuebec CCQuebec25
Montreal[6]Peter LyallGranite CCMontreal25

Note: The Oswald Barkwell rink represented all of Western Canada in this tournament, but were from Saskatchewan.


March 1

Draw 1 (morning)[7]
  • Ontario 13-12 Western Canada
  • Nova Scotia 13-10 Quebec
  • Montreal 15-7 Northern Ontario
  • Toronto 11-9 New Brunswick
Draw 2 (afternoon)
  • New Brunswick 16-14 Nova Scotia
  • Western Canada 13-8 Montreal
  • Toronto 13-5 Quebec
  • Northern Ontario 11-9 Ontario

March 2

Draw 3 (morning)[8]
  • New Brunswick 16-10 Ontario
  • Quebec 14-8 Montreal
  • Western Canada 17-15 Toronto
  • Nova Scotia 15-4 Northern Ontario
Draw 4 (afternoon)
  • Northern Ontario 11-10 Toronto (15)
  • Nova Scotia 12-9 Western Canada
  • Ontario 15-13 Quebec
  • Montreal 11-10 New Brunswick[9][10]
Draw 5 (evening)
  • Nova Scotia 14-10 Toronto
  • New Brunswick 13-5 Quebec
  • Ontario 10-8 Montreal
  • Western Canada 11-9 Northern Ontario

March 3

Draw 6 (morning)
  • Nova Scotia 13-9 Montreal[11]
  • New Brunswick def. Western Canada
  • Toronto def. Ontario
  • Northern Ontario 11-10 Quebec (15)[12]
Draw 7 (afternoon)[13]
  • Nova Scotia 13-9 Ontario
  • Quebec 11-9 Western Canada
  • Toronto 13-10 Montreal
  • New Brunswick 16-8 Northern Ontario

Team selection

Teams were chosen by invitation. Many provinces had yet to have provincial championships.[14]

  • Western Canada: Winners of the MCA Bonspiel
  • Nova Scotia: "Four best players (in the province)." Macneill was chosen as winner of the Johnson Cup.
  • Montreal: Amalgamation rink.
  • Ontario: Winners of the Silver Tankard
  • Toronto: Winners of the Canada Life trophy.


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