Will represent P.E.I. in Shawinigan, Que.
O’LEARY – If she were to offer advice to the Prince Edward Island men’s team heading to the 2018 New Holland Canadian junior curling championships with her later this month, Lauren Lenentine said she’d tell them to enjoy the experience.
From left, skip Lauren Lenentine, mate Kristie Rogers, second stone Breanne Burgoyne, lead Rachel O’Connor and coach Pat Quilty is heading to the New Holland Canadian junior women’s curling championship for a second consecutive year. They defended their 2017 Pepsi P.E.I. title at Maple Leaf Curling Club in O’Leary on Friday night, going undefeated (7-0) in the six-team modified triple-knockout championship.
“With all the teams from across Canada, you never know what you’re going to face, so having fun, meeting new people and enjoying the experience. That would be my advice. That’s what we did last year,” said Lenentine.
Skip Alex MacFadyen, from left, James Dalton, mate; Leslie Noye, second stone; Parker MacFadyen, lead, and coach David MacFadyen from the Silver Fox in Summerside won the team’s first Pepsi P.E.I. junior men’s curling championship at the Maple Leaf Curling Club in O’Leary on Friday night.
And joining the Cornwall women’s team will be the Alex MacFadyen rink from the Silver Fox in Summerside. For MacFadyen, 19, his 17-year-old brother, Parker, who plays lead, and mate James Dalton, 20, this was their seventh year curling together in the P.E.I. Pepsi junior (under-21) championships. This year, second stone Leslie Noye, who had previously skipped his own team out of Alberton, joined Team MacFadyen.
“It feels wonderful,” the winning men’s skip said moments after a nail-biting win over the Mitchell Schut rink from Cornwall in the C event final of the four-team men’s modified triple-knockout championship.
The Canadian championship will be played on arena ice and club ice. MacFadyen is especially looking forward to trying out arena ice for only the second time in his curling career.
“It’s a nice change. Very consistent ice all the time,” he added. “It should be good to play on.”