N. Ontario sweeps gold medals, Maritime teams take silver, at inaugural U18 Ch’ships (Curling Canada)

(Story by Cathlia Ward)

The inaugural Canadian Under-18 Boys and Girls Curling Championships saw the first-ever champions crowned in Moncton, N.B., on Saturday night, and it was a clean sweep for Northern Ontario with Sudbury’s Tyler Horgan and Kira Brunton winning their respective gold medal matches.

The day began with semifinal play. On the Girls’ side, Brunton and her team of third Kate Sherry, second Sydnie Stinson, lead Jessica Leonard and coach Steve Acorn held control over Nova Scotia’s Cally Moore throughout the entire game, stealing three ends on the way to a 6-1 win. In the other semifinal, Quebec’s Gabrielle Lavoie gave New Brunswick’s Justine Comeau all she could handle, as it came down to an open hit in an extra end for New Brunswick to score a single for the 6-5 win.

That led to a New Brunswick vs. Northern Ontario final. A double for four in the second end for Brunton, followed by a steal of one in the third end set the pace for the remainder of the game. Northern Ontario held control and ran Comeau out of rocks in the final end to become the first-ever Under-18 Girls Canadian champion.

2017 Canadian Under-18 Girls Champions, Team Northern Ontario (right to left): skip Kira Brunton, third Kate Sherry, second Sydnie Stinson, lead Jessica Leonard and coach Steve Acorn (Greg Weston/Curling Canada photo)

“I can’t even put it into words,” said Brunton afterwards. “We came in here wanting to make the championship rounds, no real expectations and we just…did it. We stayed loose the whole time, we were having fun and we never took anything too seriously. We didn’t think about how big this game was until it was over. Our family was awesome. (It was) amazing to look up and see smiling fans. This team, it’s amazing. Best friends, we all go to school together, so to win it together means the world to us.”

In the bronze medal match, a barn-burner came down to a measure. Nova Scotia’s Moore had a hit for the possible win, needing two to tie the game and force an extra over Quebec. However when the measuring stick was put to the test, Nova Scotia scored only one, not enough to force an extra, giving Quebec’s Lavoie the bronze medal and a spot on the podium.

On the Boys’ side, Jacob Horgan of Northern Ontario skipped his team to a golden afternoon with a 4-2 win over Nova Scotia’s Ryan Abraham.

“It feels amazing, this is just so…. Wow I’ll be thinking about this tonight, it’s so hard to believe. I’m so speechless,” said an emotional Horgan after the win. “Nick and I have wanted a national championship and have come close a few times, this is so relieving.”

2017 Canadian Under-18 Boys Champions, Team Northern Ontario: skip Jacob Horgan, third Max Cull, second Nicholas Bissonnette, lead Shane Robinson and coach Gerry Horgan (Greg Weston/Curling Canada photo)

“I guess this means bragging rights?” said Horgan about being the first of his siblings to win a national championship (Jacob is the youngest of four siblings that include former Northern Ontario Women’s champions, Tracy Fleury and Jennifer Wylie, and brother Tyler, the 2016 and 2017 Northern Ontario Junior champion). “Northern Ontario is just getting better and better in every age category. These eight curlers will be the ones who will keep going, who will be the future of Northern Ontario so it’s awesome, definitely wicked to see the future for our province being so bright.”

In the bronze medal game, reigning Canadian Junior Champion Tyler Tardi ended his incredible season on a high note, claiming the bronze medal with a 6-4 win after a back-and-forth game over Saskatchewan’s Rylan Kleiter. Tardi was also awarded the sportsmanship award by his peers, along with fellow B.C. skip Heather Drexel.

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Play wraps up today at Cdn. U18 in Moncton. PEI players to compete in Mixed Doubles (Curling Canada)

(Story by Cathlia Ward)

The final day of championship and seeding pool play wrapped up in Moncton, N.B. at the inaugural Canadian Under-18 Boys and Girls Curling Championships on Friday, determining the final four women’s and four men’s teams who are still in the hunt for the national crown.

[Both PEI rinks participated in the seeding pool on Friday, and both had 2-1 win-loss records]

On the women’s side, 18-year-old Kira Brunton of Northern Ontario is looking to capture her second national title, but first as a skip.

“We’re pretty excited,” said Brunton. “Our goal was to make playoffs and we are excited to be in this position. We are focusing on the same things we have been all week, get a good sleep and get ready to go for a big day. There’s a little bit of nerves of course, but I’ve been in this position before so we are going to lean on that.”

Action between Team Nova Scotia and Team Northern Ontario at the 2017 Canadian Under-18 Boys and Girls Curling Championship in Moncton, N.B. (Greg Watson/Curling Canada photo)

Northern Ontario has made playoffs in both the men’s and woman’s side and Kira says it would be a dream come true to bring home the title.

“It was exciting doing it for Ontario (with skip Megan Smith at the 2015 Canada Games) but to be able to do it for Northern Ontario, that’s just, wow. We are really looking forward to tomorrow.”

Northern Ontario women finished the Championship Round in second place and will face Nova Scotia’s Cally Moore in semifinal action Saturday afternoon.

The other semifinal will see the hometown team from New Brunswick taking on Quebec.

“Getting to stay home an extra night, using our own car, everything is more familiar playing at home,” said New Brunswick skip Justine Comeau. “I think being at home has helped a lot. I’m really, really proud of everyone this week. We have worked so hard all season and it feels like we are seeing it all pay off this week.”

“Being in this situation before (playoffs at Canada Games and 2015 Canadian Juniors) takes the pressure off a little, we just can focus on what we have been doing all week,” said Comeau, who finished the Championship Round in first place and will face Quebec’s Gabrielle Lavoie in Saturday’s semifinal. “Medalling would be nice, but I’m proud of our week no matter what. Bringing home the gold would be incredible. I’ve dreamed about being a Canadian Champion since I was a little girl and it would feel just…awesome. It’s what I’ve been working for my whole life.”

Nick Bissonnette and Max Cull of Northern Ontario (Greg Weston/Curling Canada photo)

Men’s action will see reigning Canadian Junior champion Tyler Tardi of British Columbia in action against Northern Ontario’s Jacob Horgan after Northern Ontario held off Quebec in the final draw of the Championship Round. Tardi will look to add another national title to his already incredible season.

In the other semifinal, Saskatchewan’s Rylan Kleiter will face a red hot Nova Scotia team skipped by Rylan Abraham.

“Big game tonight and good to get the win. My heart’s still pounding for sure,” said Abraham after winning his final Championship Round game over Ontario’s Hazen Enman, 6-3. “We were solid throughout that last end. We were set up pretty good and he (Enman) made a pistol but we were lucky to have a shot at the end.”

“It means a lot,” he said about making it to playoffs in this inaugural Under-18 championship. “I’ve been to a few nationals and never made it this far, so it feels great. I’m very proud. We’re gonna rest up and play some board games and just stay loose. We are a bunch of goofs so it shouldn’t be too hard. Obviously nervous but I think we’ll be fine.”

Nova Scotia skip Ryan Abraham (Greg Weston/Curling Canada photo)

Thinking of Saturday’s possible outcome and becoming a national champ, Abraham couldn’t help but smile.

“Oh that would mean the world. That would be just awesome to bring that home for Nova Scotia,” he said. “But we’ll see, one thing at a time first. Hopefully we can talk about it after the semi.”

All teams who aren’t competing in the playoff round will begin a one-day mixed doubles tournament in which players are paired with partners and coaches from another province to take a run at the first-ever Under-18 Mixed Doubles national title.

Semifinals get underway at 1 p.m. ADT on Saturday, with the final medal games taking place at 5 p.m. ADT.

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Cornwall skips both pick up wins today, but fall short of the playoffs at the U18 Ch’ships

Round robin play is over at the inaugural Canadian Under 18 Boys and Girls Curling Championships in Moncton, with the PEI girl’s team, skipped by Lauren Lenentine from here at the Cornwall Curling Club, finishing with a 2-3 win-loss record, while the boy’s, skipped by Cornwall’s Donald DeWolfe, went 1 and 4. The top three teams from each pool advanced to the championship round, with Lenentine finishing just out of the playoffs, with the same record as Quebec, BC and the Northwest Territories in her pool. When records and tiebreaking rules were used, Quebec got the playoff spot. Lenentine, who beat the Territories today, and Quebec previously, but lost to BC, finished the round robin this afternoon with a 7-5 loss to undefeated New Brunswick, coming closer than any other team to beating them. PEI’s DeWolfe team finished round robin play on a winning note, stealing a sixth end deuce on the way to doubling Newfoundland and Labrador 6-3.

Going into the championship round, BC leads the boy’s with a perfect 5-0 record, followed by Saskatchewan at 4-1. NS, ON, Quebec, and Northern Ontario all have 3-2 records. On the girl’s side, NB is 5-0, Northern Ont., NS and Alberta are all 4-1, while Manitoba is 3-2 and Quebec is 2-3.

The PEI rinks will now play in the seeding round, to determine positions for next year’s event, with Lenentine playing Ontario, and DeWolfe playing NWT at 7 this evening. The championship and seeding games continue Friday, with draws at 10 am and 2 and 6 pm. On Saturday, the teams not ithe playoffs will compete in a Mixed Doubles event, with the championship round semi-finals going at 1 pm and the boy’s and girl’s Gold and Bronze medal games following at 5 pm.

Here is the updated draw:

Lenentine 1-2, DeWolfe 0-4 at Canadian U18 Ch’ships

Two round robin games, at 10 Thursday against the Northwest Territories, and at 2 pm against the host province, remain for PEI’s Lauren Lenentine-skipped girl’s team, while there’s one game left in the round robin for the Island’s Donald DeWolfe rink, at 2 pm Thursday against Newfoundland and Labrador at the inaugural Canadian Under 18 Boy’s and Girl’s Curling Championships in Moncton. Lenentine has one win so far against two losses, while DeWolfe has four losses.

Team PEI (Photo by Doug Kelly)

In Wednesday boy’s action, DeWolfe lost a 4-3 extra-end decision to Saskatchewan, and lost 6-1 to Northern Ontario. Saskatchewan and Northern Ontario have only one loss, tied with Nova Scotia at the top of their pool, while BC is undefeated in the other pool, and Quebec has only one loss.

In girl’s play, Lenentine had only one game Wednesday, losing 6-4 to Nova Scotia. New Brunswick’s Comeau rink is still undefeated in girl’s play, while Nova Scotia, Northern Ontario, and Alberta each have one loss.

The top three teams in each pool will move into a six-team championship pool, and from there, the top four teams will go into the semifinals Saturday at 1 p.m., with first playing fourth and second playing third.

The semifinal winners will then play for gold and silver, while the semifinal losers will play for bronze, at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Additionally, the teams that don’t make the playoffs will take part in a mixed doubles competition all day Saturday.

For information on team lineups, schedules and tickets, go to the event website: www.curling.ca/2017under18/.

 

Cornwall’s Lenentine 1-1, DeWolfe 0-2 after Cdn. U18 opening day. DeWolfe sched. to be on live stream this morn

The Canadian Under 18 Boy’s and Girl’s Curling Championships got underway on Tuesday in Moncton.

PEI’s Lauren Lenentine girl’s rink are 1-1 after a 6-3 loss to BC and a 5-3 win against Quebec. They’re back on the ice Wednesday evening at 6 vs NS. BC, NB, Northern Ont. and Manitoba lead the girl’s pools with 2-0 records.

The Donald DeWolfe boy’s team didn’t have a great opening day, dropping lopsided decisions to Manitoba and Nova Scotia. They play Saskatchewan this morning at 10, and Northern Ontario at 6. Nova Scotia, Ontario, and BC are 2-0 on the boy’s side. Their game against Sask. this morning on Sheet B is scheduled to be on the Bell Aliant tv1 live stream at http://player.communitylive.ca/Player/Player/183

Website: http://www.curling.ca/2017under18/
Live scoring: http://www.curling.ca/scoreboard/
Live streaming: http://player.communitylive.ca/Player/Player/183
Official hashtag: #u18curling

Canadian U18 Ch’ships start this morning in Moncton

The inaugural Canadian Under 18 Boy’s and Girl’s Curling Championships get underway this morning in Moncton, at the Superior Propane Centre arena and at Curl Moncton. PEI is represented by rinks skipped by Cornwall’s Lauren Lenentine and Donald DeWolfe.

Games on sheets B and D at the Superior Propane Centre will be webcast by Bell Aliant’s tv1 at: player.communitylive.ca/Player/Player/183.

Here is the event schedule: 

Event website: www.curling.ca/2017under18/

Cornwall’s Donald DeWolfe heading to under-18 curling nationals (Journal)

SUMMERSIDE – The Donald DeWolfe team will represent P.E.I. at the 2017 national under-18 curling championships from April 18 to 22.

The Donald DeWolfe rink, with members from the Cornwall Curling Club, Silver Fox in Summerside and the Western Community Curling Club in Alberton, will wear P.E.I.’s colours at the national under-18 curling championships in Moncton, N.B., from April 18 to 22. Team members are, from left: Donald DeWolfe, skip; Jacob Wilkins, third stone; Alex Gallant, second stone, and lead Nick Johnston. Coach Roger Gavin is in back.

©Submitted photo

The inaugural under-18 event, which will be held in Moncton, N.B., will feature 12 of the top youth teams from across Canada as they represent their home province or territory. Games will be played at the Superior Propane Centre and Curl Moncton.

The DeWolfe rink earned the right to represent P.E.I. by pulling out a 4-3 win over the Mitchell Schut rink in the provincial under-18 final in February. The rink, coached by Roger Gavin, covers the Island with members from the Cornwall Curling Club, Silver Fox in Summerside and the Western Community Curling Club in Alberton.

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Lenentine rink to represent PEI at inaugural Canadian U18 Ch’ships in Moncton

The Cornwall Curling Club’s provincial Under 18 girl’s champions, the Lauren Lenentine rink, three members of whom are also the PEI junior women’s champs, will be competing in the inaugural Canadian Under 18 Boy’s and Girl’s Curling Championships, starting Tuesday in Moncton, on arena ice at the Superior Propane Centre, and at Curl Moncton. Besides their Junior nationals experience, the team recently travelled to Fredericton for a practice on arena ice at Willie O’Ree place, host of this year’s Canadian Seniors.

Team Lenentine (L-R): Rachel O’Connor, Tati Kelly, Pat Quilty (coach), Kristie Rogers, Lauren Lenentine

The team, which went undefeated to sweep the provincial championships, includes skip Lauren Lenentine, third Kristie Rogers second Tatiana (Tati) Kelly, and lead Rachel O’Connor. Coach is Pat Quilty. Kelly replaces Breanne Burgoyne from their Junior team, who is aged out of this event.

The team also won the U18 provincials, and the Atlantic championships, no longer being held, the previous year.

Follow Team Lenentine on Twitter @TeamLenentine

Selected games during the championship will be live-streamed by Bell Aliant tv1 at http://player.communitylive.ca/Player/Player/183 

Event website: hwww.curling.ca/2017under18/

Cornwall’s Lenentine, DeWolfe in Inaugural U18 Canadian Curling Ch’ships beginning Tues. in Moncton (Curling Canada)

 

(by Al Cameron) Many of Canada’s up-and-coming curling stars will get their first exposure to a national championship competition when the inaugural Canadian Under-18 Boys and Girls Curling Championships get underway in Moncton, N.B.

The event, for players ages 17 and under as of June 30, 2016, will be hosted jointly by Curl Moncton and the Superior Propane Centre in Moncton, and will feature teams from 12 Member Associations in each gender (Nunavut and Yukon did not enter teams).

[PEI  will be represented by the Lauren Lenentine girl’s rink from the Cornwall Curling Club, and the Donald DeWolfe boy’s team from the Cornwall, Silver Fox, and Western Community clubs.]

But while many of the players will be getting their first taste of a national championship, others will enter the championships with an abundance of national and international experience.

The B.C. boys team, representing the Langley and Victoria curling clubs, features two players — skip Tyler Tardi and vice-skip Sterling Middleton — who won gold at the Canadian Junior Championships in Victoria in January, and then finished fifth at the World Junior Championships in Gangneung, South Korea last month.

Tardi and Middleton also were members of the Canadian Youth Olympic mixed team that won a gold medal with Mary Fay and Karlee Burgess at the 2016 Winter Youth Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, last season.

The Northern Ontario team, meanwhile, features skip Jacob Horgan and second Nicholas Bissonnette, who’ve finished on the podium the past two years at the Canadian Juniors (silver in 2016, bronze in 2017) on the team skipped by Jacob’s older brother Tanner.

Round-robin competition at both facilities will begin Tuesday at 11 a.m. (all times Atlantic).

The Under-18 championships are a key component of Curling Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) plan, said Helen Radford, Curling Canada’s Manager, Program Development – Youth Curling.

“So many times at the U-21 level at the Canadian Juniors, you’re seeing how the experience of being older and more mature makes a difference, and it can be tougher on the younger players,” said Radford. “This championship gives those younger players a valuable opportunity to gain confidence against players closer to their own age group, and the confidence and experience they gain at the Under-18 Championships will prove invaluable as those players progress.”

Selected games from the Canadian Under-18 Championships will be streamed live for viewing on-line. Go to the event website, www.curling.ca/2017under18/, for links and more information.

The teams will be split into two pools of six in each gender. The top three teams in each pool will move into a six-team championship pool, and from there, the top four teams will go into the semifinals Saturday, April 22, at 1 p.m., with first playing fourth and second playing third.

The semifinal winners will then play for gold and silver, while the semifinal losers will play for bronze, at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 22.

Additionally, the teams that don’t make the playoffs will take part in a mixed doubles competition all day Saturday.

For information on team lineups, schedules and tickets, go to the event website: www.curling.ca/2017under18/.

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Read about Club member Danielle and Ground Search and Rescue!

Club member Danielle Girard is on the front cover of PEI’s French language newspaper “La Voix Acadienne” this week, talking about her volunteer work with Ground Search and Rescue. You can read the article (in French) here: /www.lavoixacadienne.com/index.php/actualites/1760-recherche-et-sauvetage

With the help of Google Translate, you can get a pretty good English translation by clicking here: https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=fr&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.lavoixacadienne.com%2Findex.php%2Factualites%2F1760-recherche-et-sauvetage&edit-text=