The PEI Under 13 Curling Championships wrapped up Sunday at the Western Community Curling Club in Alberton, with the 9:30 am semi-finals and 1 pm finals for the A, B, and C divisions of this “Open” event, which means there could be any combination of boys and/or girls on a team. This year’s winning teams were very similar to last years, with the Brayden Snow foursome from the Silver Fox Curling Club in Summerside going undefeated to win the “A” division. Snow was a member of last year’s winning team and also skipped this year’s U16 championship rink. The “B” champions were again the Ella Lenentine squad from the Cornwall Curling Club, while the “C” winners were again the Sydney Carver rink from Montague, with the same curlers on the team as last year.
“A” Division-winning Brayden Snow rink, with Curl PEI’s Dennis Watts (left).
(L-R): Makiya Noonan (lead), Mallory Rochford (2nd), Anderson MacDougall (3rd), Brayden Snow, (skip), Andrew MacDougall (coach)
“A” Division Finalist Isaiah Dalton team with Curl PEI’s Dennis Watts (left):
(L-R): Isaiah Dalton (skip), Seamus Herlihy (third), Beckett Quinn (2nd), Nate MacRae (lead). Missing from picture is coach Julien Gaudin.
The Brayden Snow rink from the Silver Fox in Summerside was impressive in the round robin, winning both their games by wide margins and earning a bye to the 1 pm Sunday “A” Final where they again won by a wide margin, over the Isaiah Dalton team from Charlottetown and Cornwall. The Dalton rink edged the Nate Shaw foursome from Montague 7-6 in the morning semi-final, with Shaw, who was a finalist last year. keeping it close by scoring 5 points in the last two ends
“B” section- winning Ella Lenentine rink, with Curl PEI’s Dennis Watts on the right. (L-R): Ella Lenentine (skip), Ashlyn Shaw (3rd), Veronica Pater (lead), Erika Pater (2nd), Robbie Lenentine (coach)
“B” section-finalist James MacWilliams rink, with Curl PEI’s Dennis Watts on the right. Team Members (L-R): James MacWilliams (skip), Mannix Martin (3rd), Sean Curtis (2nd), Kolton MacWilliams (alternate), Megan Butler (coach). Missing from picture: Elliot Shea (lead)
The Ella Lenentine rink from Cornwall successfully defended last year’s “B” division title, winning by a big margin over the James MacWilliams rink from the Maple Leaf in the Sunday afternoon final. MacWilliams and his team beat their clubmates, the Jorja McLellan team, in the morning semi-final.
“C” Champion Sydney Carver rink with Curl PEI’s Dennis Watts on the right.
(L-R): Bev Harding (coach), Sydney Carver (skip), Michaela MacLean (3rd), Hannah Hogan (2nd), Brayden Jackson (lead)
Mollie Shaw Finalist rink, with Curl PEI’s Dennis Watts on the right. (L-R): Leigh Gustafson (coach), Ella Clow (lead), Koby-Lynn Gallant (2nd), Luke Butler (3rd), Mollie Shaw (skip)
The Sydney Carver rink from Montague, won the “C” again this year with a 6-3 win over the Mollie Shaw team from Charlottetown. Shaw beat the Carly Sweet and Mary Jane Gavin-Shea squad from the Maple Leaf club in the semi-final.
During the closing ceremonies, the Sportsmanship award, as voted on by the players, was presented to Sydney Carver.
Dennis Watts of Curl PEI (left) with Sportsmanship winner Sydney Carver
Also, the Coaching award, as voted on by their coaching peers and the officials, was presented to Team Snow coach Andrew MacDougall.
Dennis Watts of Curl PEI (left) with Coaching winner Andrew MacDougall
The 9:30 am Sunday semi-finalists for the A, B, and C division Championship rounds have been determined at the Provincial Under 13 Open Curling Championships at the Western Community Curling Club in Alberton, with the winners facing off in the Championship Finals against the first place teams in each division at 1 pm. This is an “Open” event, which means there can be any combination of boys and/or girls on a team.
Brayden Snow at the Pepsi Juniors earlier this season
The Brayden Snow rink from the Silver Fox in Summerside was impressive in the round robin, winning both their games by wide margins and earning a bye to the 1 pm Sunday “A” Final. They’ll be playing the winner of the semi-final game between the Nate Shaw squad from Montague, also undefeated at 2-0, and the Isaiah Dalton foursome from Charlottetown, who had a 1-1 record in the round robin. Snow was on the winning team last year and skipped this year’s Under 16 championship team, while Team Shaw was also in the final game last year.
Ella Lenentine in last year’s event
The Ella Lenentine rink from Cornwall will be looking to defend last year’s “B” division title, and have advanced to the “B” final with 1-1 win-loss record (head to head records, cumulative draw to the button results, and points were used to break ties between teams with the same win-loss records), and will play the winner of the morning “B” semi-final between the Jorja McLellan and James MacWilliams rinks from the Maple Leaf Curling Club in O’Leary, who also have 1-1 records.
Defending “C” Champion Sydney Carver rink: Sydney Carver, Michaela MacLean, Hannah Hogan, Brayden Jackson at last year’s event
The Sydney Carver rink from Montague is back with last year’s team intact, and are also looking for a repeat title in the “C” division, and have already advanced to the division final, with a 1-1 record. They’ll be facing the winner of the 9:30 semi-final between the Mollie Shaw foursome from Charlottetown, and the Carly Sweet and Mary Jane Gavin-Shea squad from the Maple Leaf (both 0-0).
Click the link for photo galleries from draws four and five at the Maritime Stick Curling Championships, which got underway Friday morning at the Cornwall Curling Club. Click on a photo to enlarge, then use arrows to go ahead/back.
Three Canadian curling championships plus two test events get underway Friday in Fredericton, N.B.
Willie O’Ree Place in Fredericton, N.B., will host the 2019 U SPORTS-Curling Canada Championships, Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association-Curling Canada Championships and Canadian Mixed Doubles Championship this week. (Photo, courtesy Willie O’Ree Place)
Curling Canada also extended an invitation to Maritime curlers to participate in two test events – an Under 25 and an Under 18 Mixed Doubles competition.
There are PEI Teams or players competing in all events:
PEI Mixed Doubles Championship team: Rachel O’Connor (left) and Ryan Abraham
Jocelyn Peterman & Brett Gallant from St. John’s NL (Brett is a PEI native)
Ed MacDonald & Alison Griffin, representing Nunavut (Griffin is originally from PEI)
Cornwall’s Rachel O’Connor & Ryan Abraham, representing Prince Edward Island
Dalhousie women (Lauren Lenentine is 2nd from the left)
Cornwall’s Lauren Lenentine is on the Dalhousie University Women’s team, while Summerside’s Alex Gallant is on the University Men’s host team from UNB.
Holland College women’s team (L-R): Cynthia Pearson, Meghan Ching, Danielle Collings, Tegan Stride, Shelly Bradley (coach)
The Holland College women’s team is in the Collegiate championships:
Skip: Cynthia Pearson
Third: Meghan Ching
Second: Danielle Collings
Lead: Tegan Stride
Coach: Shelly Bradley
The following teams with either one or two PEI players are in the U25 Mixed Doubles event:
Cornwall’s Nicholas Johnston & Sydney Howatt (Coach Lori Robinson)
It will be the 12th edition of the U SPORTS-Curling Canada Championships and the first time they’ve been staged in New Brunswick.
The host school, University of New Brunswick, is represented in both men’s and women’s competitions. Jack Smeltzer, skip of the UNB Reds team, returns to the competition after winning bronze in 2018 and coming off an appearance at the 2019 New Holland Canadian Juniors earlier this year in Prince Albert, Sask.
But defending 2018 champion Karsten Sturmay from the University of Alberta Golden Bears (Edmonton) returns to the field and has his sights set on becoming the first male skip to win back-to-back university championships. The 22-year-old skip is fresh off a silver-medal performance at the 2019 Universiade in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, where he led Canada to the final.
Notable names rounding out the men’s lineup are skips Sam Steep (Brock Badgers, St. Catharines, Ont.) and Greg Blyde (Memorial University, St. John’s N.L.) – both competed at the 2019 New Holland Canadian Juniors – and Dalhousie Tigers skip Matthew Manuel, who represented Nova Scotia four times at the national junior level, backed by vice-skip Owen Purcell and second Jeffrey Meagher who represented the province earlier this year.
On the women’s side, University of Alberta Pandas skip Selena Sturmay (Karsten’s sister) gets the chance to continue her dream season. The 20-year-old skip from Edmonton won the 2019 national junior championship, clinched a silver medal at the world juniors and most recently made the quarter-finals as Canada’s second at the 2019 Universiade. Sturmay, who won last year’s event as second for skip Kristen Streifel, and lead Paige Papley (as alternate in 2018), can become back-to-back university champions with a victory in Fredericton.
But the competition will be stiff. 2018 world and Canadian junior gold-medallist Kaitlyn Jones leads the Dalhousie Tigers into battle as she seeks her first university championship title. 2016 world and Canadian junior champion Mary Fay is also in the mix with her team from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont. Kira Brunton (Laurentian Voyaguers, Sudbury, Ont.), Sara England (Regina Cougars) and Justine Comeau (University of New Brunswick Reds, host school) are all in the field and coming off experience at the 2019 national junior championship too.
Since 2008, the University of Alberta Golden Bears have won three men’s university championships with the Memorial University Sea-Hawks and Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (Waterloo, Ont.), each winning two. In the women’s Wilfrid Laurier has won four women’s crowns, while the University of Alberta Pandas are three-time winners.
This will be the second time the CCAA Championships, for colleges and institutes, will be staged with the support of Curling Canada. Last year the Douglas Royals (New Westminster, B.C.) and Fanshawe Falcons (London, Ont.) won the men’s and women’s gold medals, respectively.
On the women’s side, defending champion Kaitlyn Poirier returns to the Fanshawe Falcons lineup as skip and is on the hunt for back-to-back championships. Also in the running is 2019 New Holland Canadian Juniors silver-medallists Kayla MacMillan and Sarah Loken, who played third and lead for British Columbia, respectively. MacMillan skips the Douglas College team and Loken plays second.
On the men’s side, five-time Canadian juniors participant Trygg Jensen leads the NAIT Ooks (Edmonton). Jensen, who played for Yukon at the national juniors, has a strong support system in place. Recent Curling Canada Hall of Fame inductee Jules Owchar coaches the team. Owchar has guided school teams to 35 conference championships and two more at the national level.
Since 2012, Fanshawe College has won a leading four women’s and two men’s titles.
Both the U SPORTS-CC and CCAA Championships feature eight men’s and eight women’s teams in a round robin leading to the playoffs.
The 2019 Canadian Mixed Doubles Championship begins on Tuesday after the completion of the university and college events. While it’s the first time the national championship has been held in Fredericton, Willie O’ Ree Place hosted the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship in 2013.
Thirty-two teams will compete for the chance to represent Canada at the world championship in Stavanger, Norway, from April 20-27.
Defending champion Laura Walker/Kirk Muyres are in the field, as are 2016 champions Jocelyn Peterman/Brett Gallant while half of the 2017 Canadian mixed championship winning team will also be in Fredericton; Reid Carruthers is joined by new partner Kate Cameron. Other notable names include Jennifer Jones/Brent Laing, Jolene Campbell/John Morris, Kristen Streifel/Steve Laycock, Dezeray Hawes/Tyler Tardi, Shannon Birchard/Catlin Schneider, Bobbi Sauder/Brendan Bottcher, 2018 runners-up and Curling World Cup third leg champions Kadriana Sahaidak/Colton Lott, Nancy Martin/Tyrel Griffith, Sherry Just/Dustin Kalthoff and 2014 champion Kim Tuck/Wayne Tuck.
CBC will livestream various games from all championships during the preliminary rounds as well as several finals. You can watch at cbcsports.ca or via the CBC Sports app for iOS and Android.
Draw results and event information for all three championships are available at www.curling.ca.
The 2019 Maritime Stick Curling Championship, featuring the top teams from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island in the 2 person sport of Stick Curling, takes place March 15-17 here at the Cornwall Curling Club, There are two divisions – Open (any combination of male and/or female) and Women (female curlers only), and two pools of six teams per division. Live results will be available at PEICurling.com/scoreboard
Open Pool AMark Stewart/ Dodi Stewart NB
Bill Power/Howard Kerwin PE
Chuck Dyke/Jim Burgess NS
John Marshall/Lowell Jenkins NS
Roddie MacLean/ Paul Field PE
Vince Fisher/Paul Arsenault PE
Open Pool BSteve Murray/Harold Smallwood NB
Mike Minns/ Rendell Gard NB
Dave MacDougal/ John Cameron NS
Haylett Clarke/ Alison Munro NS
Doug Campbell/Joe Gill PE
Gordon MacDonald/Bazil Higginbotham PE
Women Pool CSherill Minns/Sue Harris NB
Winnie MacArthur/Carole Munro PE
Doreen Densmore/Caroline Belliveau NS
Denise Pray/Betty Mattson NS
Etta Reid/Elaine Hughes PE
Ann Barwise/Audrey Callaghan PE
Women Pool DBarb Hallett/ Ann Orser NB
Phyllis Stretch/Joan Doiron PE
Pauline Bullerwell/ Diane Mallinson NS
Patti Simpson/ Lynn Doucette NS
Myrna Craswell/ Myrna Sanderson PE
Ruth Stavert/Gloria Clarke PE
Maritime Stick Curling Championship Official Draw
Friday March 15
MacLean/ Field vs Dyke/ Burgess
Stewart/ Stewart vs Fisher/ Arsenault
Kerwin/Power vs Marshall/ Jenkins
Campbell/Gill vs MacDougal/ Cameron
Murray/ Smallwood vs MacDonald/ Higginbotham
Minns/ Gard vs Clarke/ Munro
Minns/ Harris vs Barwise/ Callaghan
MacArthur/ Munro vs Pray/ Mattson
Densmore/ Belliveau vs Reid/ Hughes
Kerwin/ Power vs MacLean/ Field
Fisher/ Arsenault vs Dyke/ Burgess
Marshall/ Jenkins vs Stewart/ Stewart
Campbell/ Gill vs Minns/ Gard
MacDonald/ Higginbotham vs MacDougal/ Cameron
Bullerwell/ Mallinson vs Craswell/ Sanderson
Clarke/ Munro vs Murray/ Smallwood
Minns/ Harris vs Pray/ Mattson
Simpson/ Doucette vs Stretch/ Doiron
MacArthur/ Munro vs Reid/ Hughes
Hallett/ Orser vs Clarke/ Stavert
Power/ Kerwin vs Fisher/ Arsenault
Dyke/ Burgess vs Stewart/ Stewart
Marshall/ Jenkins vs MacLean/ Field
Barwise/ Callaghan vs Densmore/ Belliveau
Minns/ Gard vs MacDonald/ Higginbotham
Clarke/ Stavert vs Bullerwell/ Mallinson
Simpson/ Doucette vs Hallett/ Orser
Stretch/ Doiron vs Sanderson/ Craswell
Saturday March 16
Simpson/ Doucette vs Craswell/ Sanderson
Densmore/ Belliveau vs Minns/ Harris
MacDougal/ Cameron vs Murray/ Smallwood
Clarke/ Munro vs Campbell/ Gill
MacArthur/ Munro vs Barwise/ Callaghan
Bullerwell/ Mallinson vs Hallett/ Orser
Stretch/ Doiron vs Clarke/ Stavert
Pray/ Mattson vs Reid/ Hughes
Stewart/ Stewart vs MacLean/ Field
Marshall/ Jenkins vs Fisher/ Arsenault
Dyke/ Burgess vs Power/ Kerwin
MacDougal/ Cameron vs Minns/ Gard
Murray/ Smallwood vs Campbell/ Gill
MacDonald/ Higginbotham vs Clarke/ Munro
Hallett/ Orser vs Craswell/ Sanderson
Simpson/ Doucette vs Clarke/ Stavert
Mallinson/ Bullerwell vs Stretch/ Doiron
Barwise/ Callaghan vs Pray/ Mattson
Minns/ Harris vs Reid/ Hughes
Densmore/ Belliveau vs MacArthur/ Munro
MacDougal/ Cameron vs Clarke/ Munro
Murray/ Smallwood vs Minns/ Gard
Campbell/Gill vs MacDonald/ Higginbotham
Craswell/ Sanderson vs Clarke/ Stavert
Dyke/ Burgess vs Marshall/ Jenkins
Hallett/ Orser vs Stretch/ Doiron
Bullerwell/ Mallinson vs Simpson/ Doucette
Stewart/ Stewart vs Power/ Kerwin
Densmore/ Belliveau vs Pray/ Mattson
Minns/ Harris vs MacArthur/ Munro
MacLean/ Field vs Fisher/ Arsenault
Reid/ Hughes vs Barwise/ Callaghan
Tiebreakers 9:20 pm Saturday night and/or 8:30 Sunday morning
The Western Community Curling Club in Alberton will play host to Curl PEI’s championship event for its youngest curlers — those under the age of 13 years, from March 15-17. This is an “open” event with any combination of boys and/or girls on a team. Teams play six-end games. There is one team entered from Cornwall, skipped by Ella Lenentine.
Photo: Cornwall’s Ella Lenentine delivers a rock at last year’s event
Nine teams from five of the seven PEI curling clubs are entered. Brayden Snow from last year’s “A” section-winning rink from the Silver Fox, is now skipping that team, and will looking for his second title. Last year’s B section winning skip Ella Lenentine from Cornwall is also back, as is “C” winner Sydney Carver from Montague. The Nate Shaw (Montague) and Jorja McLellan (Maple Leaf) finalist teams from last year are also entered.
The teams were randomly divided into three pools and will play a single robin within each pool, with the first place team in each pool advancing to the A Final series, the 2nd place in each pool competing in the B Final series, and the 3rd place team playing in the C Final series.
Specific Rules of Play for the Provincial U13
1. Competitors will be a maximum of 12 years of age on June 30 of the year prior to the
2. Games will be six (6) ends.
3. This will be an open event (all boys, all girls or any combination on a team)
4. All teams must have an adult coach or Chaperone on-site for each game. Minimum
certification is not required to access field of play.
5. The U13 will continue to be tied to the March Break. It will not be held either weekend of
the March break but the closest weekend prior to or after the March break that the Club is
able to host them.
6. There must be an official at all draws.
7. Time clocks will not be used.
The Mitchell Schut team from the host Cornwall Curling Club had two chances to repeat as PEI Under 18 Boy’s champs on Monday, but they only needed the first game, defeating the Chase MacMillan squad from the Charlottetown Curling Complex by an 8-3 score in seven ends. Schut had a 5-1 lead after four ends, picking up a deuce with hammer in the opening end, and a triple in the fourth. MacMillan was kept to one in the fifth, and looked to be setting up to steal a couple in the sixth, but a Schut runback took care of one rock, and a difficult angle runback took out the other, and gave the Cornwall team their second three-point end of the game and an 8-2 lead. After scoring only a single in the seventh, MacMillan decided it was handshake time.
PEI U18 Boy’s Championship Team (L-R): Mitchell Schut (skip), Nick Johnston (3rd), Liam Kelly (2nd), Colin MacKenzie (lead), Lori Robinson (coach), from the Cornwall Curling Club
PEI U18 Boy’s Finalist rink (L-R): Chase MacMillan (skip), Jack MacFadyen (3rd), Liam Barbrick (2nd), Davis Nicholson (lead), David MacFadyen (coach), from the Charlottetown Curling Complex
Schut advanced to the Monday championship round by winning two of the three modified triple knockout sections, against the Brayden Snow team from the Silver Fox in Summerside in the “A” Qualifier, and against MacMillan in the “C”, while MacMillan beat Schut in the “B” Qualifier. By winning 2 sections, Schut had a “double life” in the championship round and could have won with a win in either of the two games, while MacMillan would have needed to win both games.
During the closing ceremonies, it was announced that Cruz Pineau, third on the Brayden Snow team from Summerside was the winner of the Boy’s Sportsmanship Award, as voted on by all the male curlers in the event.
File photo: Cruz Pineau, Boy’s Sportsmanship award recipient
The winning Mitchell Schut team, along with the repeating U18 Girl’s champions, the Lauren Ferguson rink, also from Cornwall, recently returned from representing PEI at the Canada Games in Red Deer Alberta, and will now be heading back to the Wild Rose province for the Canadian Under-18 Boys and Girls Curling Championships, at the Glen Allan Recreation Complex in Sherwood Park, Alta., adjacent to the city of Edmonton, from April 2-7.
The Lauren Ferguson rink will once again represent PEI at the Canadian Under-18 Boys and Girls Curling Championships, this time at the Glen Allan Recreation Complex in Sherwood Park, Alta., from April 2-7, after going undefeated to win the Under 18 Provincial Girl’s title Sunday afternoon at their home rink, the Cornwall Curling Club. As they won all three section finals in the modified triple knockout draw, the “A” against the Emily Sanderson team, the “B” against the Rachel MacLean rink, and the “C” this afternoon, 7-2 over the Sydney Howatt foursome, the Monday championship round is not required. All five teams entered in the Girl’s section are from the host club. This caps off a very successful PEI championship season for Team Ferguson, having won the Pepsi Under 21 Junior Women’s championship and the Junior Women’s Canada Games berth, in addition to the U18.
Winning Ferguson team photo (L-R): Dennis Watts (Curl PEI representative), Lauren Ferguson, Katie Shaw. Alexis Burris, Lexie Murray, David Murphy (coach)
The Emily Sanderson team will be designated as the “finalist” team, as the section finals were against three different teams, but the Sanderson squad were the first to qualify, in the “A” section. Other members of Team Ferguson are third stone Katie Shaw, second Alexis Burris, and lead Lexie Murray, with coach David Murphy. Completing the Sanderson finalist team are third Emma Coffin, second Kaylee Stewart, and lead AnnaMaria MacDonald, with coach Edgar Coffin.
Emily Sanderson Finalist team – file photo (L-R): AnnaMaria MacDonald, Kaylee Stewart, Emma Coffin, Emily Sanderson. Missing from photo: Edgar Coffin (Coach)
In today’s “C” final, Team Howatt had a 2-1 lead at the fourth end break, but never got to mark the score in the second half, as Ferguson took a single in end five, stole two more in ends six and seven, and sealed the trip to the nationals with a stolen triple in the eighth for a 7-2 victory.
During the closing ceremonies for the girl’s event, presentations were made to the winners of the Coaching award, as voted on by their coaching peers, and the Sportsmanship award, as voted on by all the players in the event. Both awards went to the Nicholson family, with Carl Nicholson, coach of the Rachel MacLean team, taking the coaching, and Avery, second stone with Team MacLean, receiving the Sportsmanship award.
Coaching award winner Carl Nicholson (left) with Curl PEI representative Dennis Watts
Girl’s Sportsmanship Award winner Avery Nicholson
Meanwhile, the three-team Boy’s event is down to one or two games, and two teams, the Chase MacMillan rink from Charlottetown, and the defending champion Mitchell Schut foursome from the host Cornwall Curling Club, with the advantage going to Team Schut, who, as a double-section winner, have an extra life in the 10 am and (if needed) 2 pm Championship Round on Monday, and can take the Championship with a win in either game, while MacMillan and team will have to win both games.
MacMillan won the “B” section final against Schut 5-3 on Saturday evening, while Schut took the “C”, with a 6-4 win over MacMillan on Sunday afternoon, with a three-point fourth end, the only time either team took more than a single in the match. The third team in the event, the Brayden Snow foursome from the Silver Fox were eliminated with a close 6-4 loss to Schut on Sunday morning.