Jones (NS with Cornwall’s Lenentine), Smith (Ch’town) battle to wins in Draw 3, Cornwall’s Ferguson now 0-2, at New Holland Juniors (Curling Canada)

Nova Scotia skip Kaitlyn Jones may have her eyes on a second straight national Junior title but she had her hands full with a feisty Saskatchewan Host team in Draw 3 of the 2019 New Holland Junior Curling Championships in Prince Albert, Sask., on Saturday night.

Jones and her team of Lauren Lenentine, Karlee Burgess, Lindsey Burgess and coach Andrew Atherton stole a couple of points to lead 3-1 at the break over Skylar Ackerman of Moose Jaw. (Ackerman is the skip of a second Saskatchewan team added to the women’s draw to keep numbers even after Yukon did not send a women’s team to the championship.)

With the score 3-2 after eight, the defending champions stole three in the ninth to take a 6-2 win in their first game of the round robin.

Kaitlyn Jones, Karlee Burgess, Lindsey Burgess (Curling Canada/Michael Burns photo)

In other Draw 3 women’s action, British Columbia’s Sarah Daniels notched her second win of the day, cruising to a 12-3 win over Ontario’s Thea Coburn.

B.C. third Kayla MacMillan is at her first national junior championship and she says the experience has been positive so far.

“This is my first Junior, and (lead) Sarah Loken’s as well,” MacMillan said after Saturday night’s game. “And it’s just been exactly what we hoped it would be. Our families are all here. it’s great playing in front of an actual crowd and the ice is great.”

MacMillan moved to B.C. from Ontario, so playing against her “home” team was fun.

“Calissa (Day) on the team – I actually won the Little Rocks championship with her, and Kaitlyn Jones from Nova Scotia, so there’s three of us now playing for different provinces,” she said.

The 2018 silver medallist, Laurie St-Georges, of Laval, Que., stole the first three ends on the way to a 7-1 win over Tyanna Bain of Inuvik, N.T.

In a tight battle, Manitoba’s Mackenzie Zacharias handed Saskatchewan’s Sara England her first loss. Leading 4-3 after seven, the skip from Winnipeg’s Elmwood Curling Club stole a deuce in the eighth and another in the ninth for an 8-3 win.

Steals also factored heavily in a 9-4 win for Newfoundland and Labrador’s Mackenzie Glynn over P.E.I.’s Lauren Ferguson.

In men’s action, 2018 champion Tyler Tardi and his B.C. foursome took complete control in a 14-1 win over Nunavut’s Javen Komaksiutiksak, while Manitoba’s JT Ryan won his second game of the day with a 9-2 score over Northwest Territories’ Sawer Kaeser.

A high-scoring ten-end battle between P.E.I. and Quebec ended with a 9-7 win for Tyler Smith of the Charlottetown Curling Club over Vincent Roberge of the Etchemin Curling Club

Rylan Kleiter and his team from the Sutherland Curling Club in Saskatoon kept the home-province fans happy with a solid 8-2 win over Ontario’s Samuel Steep of the Galt Country Club.

“Our team played solid and we were fortunate to get some misses (from Ontario), but I think we were expecting it to be a little closer, for sure,” said Kleiter after the team’s second win of the day. “Ontario always sends a strong contending team, and we were expecting them to play well so our mindset going in was just to stay with the process and take it shot by shot and try to grind out another win.”

“I thought our energy early on was up,” he said about the possible difference in the two teams’ approach tonight. “I thought we had a little bit more intensity, so yeah, our front end played well and we just tried to put the pressure on.”

The Saskatchewan foursome are earning some style points as well with their colourful curling pants.

“Five years ago when we brought Trevor (Johnson) on the team, he had the idea and showed us the website. We thought it was pretty cool. And back then it was a junior league kind of thing and we’ve stuck with them ever since,” said Kleiter. “And they do bring a little good luck. We found that they’d help keep the game a little loose. Just adds a little fun, for sure.”

The round robin continues on Sunday with three draws at 11 a.m., 4 p.m., and 9 p.m. AT.

For the first time, selected round-robin games from the New Holland Canadian Junior Championships will be streamed live at Curling Canada’s Facebook page, which you can access by CLICKING HERE.

Find all the scores and standings by linking to the scoreboard on the event website, here: www.curling.ca/2019juniors.

Click to read this story at Curling Canada

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New Holland Canadian Juniors underway in Prince Albert – Cornwall’s Ferguson rink loses opener to NB (Curling Canada)

British Columbia’s Tyler Tardi kicked off his campaign to win a third straight national title as the 2019 New Holland Canadian Juniors got underway today in Prince Albert, Sask.

Tardi and third Sterling Middleton have two consecutive national and world championships behind them, and this year they’ve brought a new front end to help keep the streak alive. Matthew Hall, playing second, joins the team after relocating from Ontario – Hall skipped the Ontario team that lost to Tardi in the 2017 gold-medal game. Alex Horvath takes over the lead position, with Paul Tardi, Tyler’s dad, as coach.

Tyler Tardi (Curling Canada photo)

In the opening draw, the B.C. foursome had no problem overpowering Trygg Jensen of the Yukon, scoring four in the eighth to cruise to a 10-2 win.

Also in the win column in the opening draw was Northern Ontario’s Tanner Horgan, making his sixth consecutive appearance at the national Junior championships. Horgan, who lost the final to Tardi last year, needed a deuce in the final end to defeat Graeme Weagle of Chester, Nova Scotia, 7-6 in the opening draw. Weagle, the gold-medallist at the 2018 Under-18 Nationals, is taking his first crack at an Under-21 national title.

The 2018 bronze medallist, Manitoba’s J.T. Ryan, backed by third Jacques Gauthier and a new front end of Jordan Peters and Cole Chandler, also started the round robin with a win, defeating Quebec’s Vincent Roberge, 6-3.

In women’s action, the 2018 bronze medallist from New Brunswick, Justine Cormier, got off to a slow start in the opening draw with a 7-3 loss to Quebec’s Laurie St-Georges in a rematch of last year’s women’s semifinal. But Cormier and her Fredericton team of Emma Le Blanc, Brigitte Comeau, Keira McLaughlin, alternate Erica Cluff and coach Tim Comeau bounced back on Saturday afternoon with a 9-5 win over Prince Edward Island’s Lauren Ferguson.

Also in women’s Draw 2 action, British Columbia’s Sarah Daniels, hoping to improve on her 2016 silver medal, started strong by winning her first game 14-0 over Nunavut’s Sadie Pinksen. Selena Sturmay led Alberta to a 10-3 win over Northern Ontario’s Kira Brunton, the 2018 Under-18 champion. Saskatchewan’s Sarah England, daughter of famed Canadian curler Sandra Schmirler, skipped her Saskatchewan foursome to a 10-5 victory over Newfoundland and Labrador’s Mackenzie Glynn.

Action continued in men’s and women’s play on Saturday (9:30 p.m. AT) at both the Art Hauser Centre and the Prince Albert Golf & Curling Club.

For the first time, selected round-robin games from the New Holland Canadian Junior Championships will be streamed live at Curling Canada’s Facebook page, which you can access by CLICKING HERE.

Find all the scores and standings by linking to the scoreboard on the event website, here: www.curling.ca/2019juniors.

Click to read this story at Curling Canada.

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Mark MacDonald rink sweeps round robin to win Cornwall Men’s Club Ch’ship playdowns and advance to Provincials

Winners!
Team MacDonald – Skip Mark MacDonald, Mate Brad Gardiner, Second Wayne Goodwin, and Lead Garth Cudmore.

Here are the Draw 3 results from our Men’s Club Championship Playdowns:

Team MacDonald 6
Team Gallant 4

Team MacDonald won all 3 round robin games to capture Cornwall’s Men’s Curling Club Championship. They defeated Team Gallant Saturday afternoon to earn a spot at the Provincials in O’Leary next month. It was a close game, but a score of 3 by MacDonald in the 4th end made the difference.

Team Arsenault 12
Team Kennedy 1

Arsenault had a 2-1 lead after 3 ends, then blew it open with a superb run-back double in the 4th to score 3, followed by a steal of 2 in the 5th. It was handshakes after 6 ends when Kennedy was heavy on a difficult draw.

Final standings:
Team MacDonald 3-0
Team Arsenault 2-1
Team Kennedy 1-2
Team Gallant 0-3

Photos from Draw 3:

Team MacDonald vs Team Gallant
Mark MacDonald delivers while Wayne Goodwin (left) and Brad Gardiner are ready to sweep.


Team Arsenault vs Team Kennedy
Skip Angus Kennedy watches a shot with sweepers Chris MacDougall (left) and Angus Davies.

Thanks to all four teams for taking part, to Peter Murdoch and everybody else involved with running the championship, and to everyone who came out and watched. Good luck to the Mark MacDonald and Kim Nicholson rinks at the provincial Curling Club Championships, February 22-26 at the Maple Leaf Curling Club in O’Leary!

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Our Men’s Club Ch’ship: results from Draw 2 – MacDonald leads with 2-0 record

Results from Draw 2:

Team MacDonald 8
Team Kennedy 3

MacDonald started fast again with a steal of 3 in the 1st. Kennedy answered back with 2 in the 2nd. MacDonald pulled away by scoring singles in the 5th, 6th and 7th before running Kennedy out of rocks in the 8th.

Team Arsenault 6
Team Gallant 2

Both teams traded singles with hammer in the first two ends. Arsenault pulled away with a steal of 2 in the 3rd and another 1 in the 4th. Gallant had several chances to get back in the game but couldn’t capitalize.

Draw 3 (Saturday, 2 pm) features Team MacDonald (2-0) vs Team Gallant (0-2) and Team Arsenault (1-1) vs Team Kennedy (1-1).

Photo (Team Arsenault vs Team Gallant game)
Rob Gallant (Team Gallant) calls a shot while Paul Arsenault (Team Arsenault) looks on.


Photo Team MacDonald vs Team Kennedy game)
Hans Wicki (Team Kennedy) delivers while Chris MacDougall and Angus Davies prepare to sweep.

Playoff games, if required, will be played on Saturday evening at 6:00 pm and Sunday morning at 9:00 am.
 
Men’s line-ups:
Team Arsenault: Skip Paul Arsenault, Mate Ron Giggey, Second Al Acorn and Lead Edgar Coffin;
Team MacDonald: Skip Mark MacDonald, Mate Brad Gardiner, Second Wayne Goodwin and Lead Garth Cudmore;
Team Gallant; Skip Robert Gallant, Mate Joe Callaghan, Second Jeff Hannam and Lead Gary O’Sullivan; and
Team Kennedy: Skip Angus Kennedy, Mate Angus Davies, Second Hans Wicki, Lead Chris MacDougall.
 
Team Nicholson, consisting of Skip Kim Nicholson, Mate Jean Sinclair, Second Darlene Howlett and Lead Dena Farrell will advance to the Provincials on the Women’s side.
 
Team Nicholson and the winning men’s team advance to the Provincial Curling Club Championships, which will take place February 22-26 at the Maple Leaf Curling Club in O’Leary.
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Cornwall member Lauren Lenentine finalist for Junior Female Athlete of the Year at upcoming Sport PEI awards

February 26th, 2019 will be another special night in Island sport as Sport PEI prepares to host its 45th annual awards night at Holland College’s Florence Simmons Performance Hall.  The evening will showcase the Island’s finest amateur sporting accomplishments from 2018.

Leading the field of athletes will be the nominees for the 3 Points Aviation Senior Athletes of the Year. The list includes male finalists Mark Arendz (para nordic & biathlon), Billy Bridges (sledge hockey), and Brett Gallant (curling).  On the female side Alysha Corrigan (rugby), Veronica Keefe (wrestling), and Heather Moyse (bobsleigh) will look to take top spot.

Winners have been determined in the following categories: ADL Administrator of the Year – Natalie Bulger (rugby), PEI Mutual Insurance Official of the Year – Michael French (softball), ADL Masters Athlete Award – Steve Reeves (running), PEI Mutual Insurance Coach of the Year – Peter Gallant (curling), Team of the Year – Hunter’s Ale House Mudmen Rugby, SCORE! Event of the Year – Special Olympics Canada Bowling.

After last years’ success the event will return to Holland College’s Florence Simmons Performance Hall. Familiar faces Matt Rainnie of CBC and Jo-Anne Holden, will be back to emcee the proceedings. 

“Recognizing our Island’s finest athletes, officials, coaches, and volunteers is an important part of amateur sport,” said Sport PEI President, Ryan Innis. “They have all worked tirelessly on and off the field, and deserve every bit of distinction they are going to receive.  As PEI’s level of athletes continues to improve, we are not only showing the nation our strength, but now the world is getting a taste of what we are capable of.”

Tickets are $25 and are available by calling Sport PEI at (902) 368-4110.

The full list of athlete finalists is as follows: Synergy Fitness & Nutrition Intercollegiate Male Athlete of the Year – Brett Butler (Holland College volleyball), Ligrit Sadiku (Brock wrestling) and John Patrick Stevenson (Canisius College baseball) 

Synergy Fitness & Nutrition Intercollegiate Female Athlete of the Year –Alysha Corrigan (Acadia rugby), Hannah Taylor (Brock wrestling) and Bailey Smith (UPEI, track and field)

DP Murphy Hotels and Resorts Junior Male Athlete of the Year –  Lucas Boudreau (biathlon/cycling), Noah Dobson (hockey), and Nolan O’Rourke (wrestling) 

DP Murphy Hotels and Resorts Junior Female Athlete of the Year – Chole Cudmore (gymnastics), Lauren Lenentine (curling) and Hannah Taylor (wrestling)

3 Points Aviation Senior Male Athlete of the Year – Mark Arendz (para nordic & biathlon), Billy Bridges (sledge hockey), and Brett Gallant (curling).  

3 Points Aviation Senior Female Athlete of the Year – Alysha Corrigan (rugby), Veronica Keefe (wrestling), and Heather Moyse (bobsleigh)  

(Sport PEI)

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MacDonald and Kennedy rinks win opening draw at our Men’s Club Ch’ship Playdowns

Here are the results from draw 1 of our men’s single round robin Curling Club Championship competition:

Team MacDonald 7
Team Arsenault 6

Team MacDonald took 4 in the 1st end and raced out to a 7-1 lead after 4 ends. Team Arsenault clawed their way back in the second half, stealing 2 in the 7th to close within 1, but came up short in the 8th.

Team Kennedy 9
Team Gallant 6

Team Kennedy stole a big 4 in the 1st end and held a 7-4 lead after 4 ends. Team Gallant couldn’t get anything going and were run out of rocks in the 8th, losing 9-6.

Draw 2 on Saturday at 10 am features MacDonald vs Kennedy and Arsenault vs Gallant.
Draw 3 on Saturday at 2 pm wraps up the round robin with MacDonald vs Gallant and Arsenault vs Kennedy.

Playoff games, if required, will be played on Saturday evening at 6:00 pm and Sunday morning at 9:00 am.
 
Men’s line-ups:
Team Arsenault: Skip Paul Arsenault, Mate Ron Giggey, Second Al Acorn and Lead Edgar Coffin;
Team MacDonald: Skip Mark MacDonald, Mate Brad Gardiner, Second Wayne Goodwin and Lead Garth Cudmore;
Team Gallant; Skip Robert Gallant, Mate Joe Callaghan, Second Jeff Hannam and Lead Gary O’Sullivan; and
Team Kennedy: Skip Angus Kennedy, Mate Angus Davies, Second Hans Wicki, Lead Chris MacDougall.
 
Team Nicholson, consisting of Skip Kim Nicholson, Mate Jean Sinclair, Second Darlene Howlett and Lead Dena Farrell will advance to the Provincials on the Women’s side.
 
Team Nicholson and the winning men’s team advance to the Provincial Curling Club Championships, which will take place February 22-26 at the Maple Leaf Curling Club in O’Leary.
 
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Crapaud looking for Volunteer Timers for Mixed Doubles Ch’ship

The Crapaud Community Curling Club is proud to host the

PEI Mixed Doubles Championship February 1-4, 2019.

They are looking for volunteers to time games.

If you can help, please contact Terri Wood at 902-439-5538 or by emailing tewood@live.ca.

Post last modified: Jan 18, 2019 @ 3:01 pm

Schedule for PEI Teams and Players at the Canadian Juniors

Round Robin Schedule (Atlantic time)
Click on links to view schedule on Curling Canada results system, and on links there to see game results.

Junior Women – Cornwall’s Lauren Ferguson rink
https://www.curling.ca/scoreboard/#!/competitions/4391/teams/21140

Sat: 4 pm vs. NB, 9:30 pm vs. NL
Sun: 4 pm vs. Quebec, 9 pm vs. Sask.
Mon: 9 pm vs. NW Territories
Tues: 11 am vs. Man.

Junior Women – Team Nova Scotia with Cornwall’s Lauren Lenentine

https://www.curling.ca/scoreboard/#!/competitions/4391/teams/21130

Junior Men – Tyler Smith team with Cornwall’s Ryan Abraham
https://www.curling.ca/scoreboard/#!/competitions/4390/teams/21128

Sat: 9:30 pm vs. Quebec
Sun: 4 pm vs N. Ont., 9 pm vs. Man.
Mon: 11 am vs. NS,  9 pm vs. NW Territories.
Tues: 9 pm vs. NB

Junior Men – Team New Brunswick with Summerside’s Alex Gallant
https://www.curling.ca/scoreboard/#!/competitions/4390/teams/21127

Link to full schedule (PDF). Add 2 hours for Atlantic time:

https://www.curling.ca/2019juniors/files/2019/01/EE19JRS_Draw-1.pdf

Event hashtag: 

#CJCC2019

Event website: https://www.curling.ca/2019juniors/

 

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Smith team, including Cornwall member Ryan Abraham, and Cornwall’s Ferguson rink ready for Canadian junior ch’ships (Journal)

SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. – Two P.E.I. curling rinks will take different levels of experience onto the national stage in Saskatchewan.

Tyler Smith, 20, will skip a veteran and experienced men’s rink out of the Charlottetown Curling Complex, and the Lauren Ferguson-skipped women’s team from the Cornwall Curling Club will be making its debut in the New Holland Canadian junior championships, which begin Saturday and run through to Jan. 27, in Prince Albert.

From left: Robbie Doherty, Ryan Lowery, Alex MacFadyen, Ryan Abraham, Tyler Smith

“All of these guys on my team have been to at least one (national), if not two,” said Smith, who is attending his fifth Canadian juniors and third as a skip after playing third for New Brunswick in 2018. “We all have the knowledge of what it takes to be a top three, four, five team.”

“We understand how much training goes into it, how much work you have to put towards it and the amount of focus you need out there. You also need to have a good time, and you have to have that happy balance. 

Smith’s teammates are third Ryan Abraham, 19; second Alex MacFadyen, 20, and lead Ryan Lowery, 18. Smith does not hide the fact the Robbie Doherty-coached squad has high goals.

 “Our primary goal is to finish top five, and our secondary goal is to make the playoffs.”

First time

The Canadian juniors start a busy stretch for the Ferguson rink, which recently earned the right to represent P.E.I. in women’s curling at the 2019 Canada Games in February.

 

Left to right: Lauren Ferguson, Katie Shaw, Alexis Burris, Lexie Murray

Although this will be the Ferguson rink’s first time at the junior nationals, the team members have previous experience at a Canadian championship. They posted a respectable 3-3 record at the 2018 Canadian under-18 event in St. Andrews, N.B.

“We know there will be a lot of really good teams out there,” said Ferguson, a 16-year-old Grade 11 student at Kensington Intermediate-Senior High School.

Other members of the youthful Ferguson rink, which is in its second year playing together, are third Katie Shaw, 16; second Alexis Burris, 17, and lead Lexie Murray, 16.

“The big thing for us will be going to experience it and be able to use that experience in the future and at the Canada Games.”
 

Click for the full story in the Journal Pioneer

Post last modified: Jan 18, 2019 @ 8:03 am

Photo of Team Nicholson, our Club women’s reps for the PEI Curling Club Ch’ships

While our men’s Club Championship will be decided this weekend, we have already declared our Women’s Club Champions, Team Nicholson,  consisting of Skip Kim Nicholson, Mate Jean Sinclair, Second Darlene Howlett and Lead Dena Farrell, who will advance to the Provincial Curling Club Championships, February 22-26 at the Maple Leaf Curling Club in O’Leary.

Team Nicholson (L-R): Kim Nicholson,  Jean Sinclair, Darlene Howlett, Dena Farrell

 

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