The afternoon here at 29 Cornwall Road on Saturday was just as exciting as the morning during our ‘Red and Blue~Junior Division’ year-end event!
We enjoyed a skills competition hosted by Curl PEI, lead by Executive Director Amy Duncan and her volunteers…followed by another draw of some really exciting curling!!
We cannot tell you how proud we were of our junior curlers~ who cheered each other on as they curled on mixed teams. Many of these curlers had never curled together before of course, and they all settled in very quickly to display incredible sportsmanship and teamwork!
There were many smiles, both on and off the ice, and it left us with no doubt that a good time had by all! A total of 25 junior curlers participating!
Meaghan Hughes from Team Birt getting ready to sweep!
Some new special guest curlers (13 total) joined us in the afternoon, all of who have represented the Province of Prince Edward Island in National Championship events like the Brier, Scotties, Masters, and the Everest Curling Club and Seniors Championships!
Our special guest curlers were, without doubt, incredible mentors!! Always making sure that our young junior curlers were the stars of the show! And we should note, that these experienced and seasoned curlers made notice that this was not all hard to do!!
All of these elite curlers commented how sincerely, impressed they were with the quality of curling they witnessed today from our Club Juniors!
Today, and every day, we feel our club represents the most incredible and heartwarming reflection of community. Our ‘Red and Blue~Junior Division’ event today exemplified such. We were a group of curlers who represented our club and our curling community is such an upstanding measure!
Grace Myers with Peter Gallant
A special thank you to Amy Duncan and Curl PEI for enhancing our event with the ‘Hit, Tap, and Draw’ Skills Competition….there were some great shots made! Thank you to the volunteers for this Skills event, with a special thanks to elite curling Coach Peter Gallant, who provided noted praise and encouragement to our juniors!
Jennifer Lenentine and Ben Kirby
Congratulations to junior curler Ben Kirby, who won our ‘Spirit Award’! Ben had some great signs that represented his Team Blue…but he also stepped in to Curl and fill in on some teams where we really needed him! Ben was gifted an incredible backpack filled with curling swag donated generously by PEI Scotties past Champion Shelly Bradley! (Who could not attend today and sent her regrets).
Sam’s pizza, courtesy of Peake and McInnis Ltd. Insurance
We cannot say enough about the incredible swag provided today from our special guest curlers !! Our juniors won brooms, and jerseys, and hats and toques, and pins … and so much more! They also enjoyed a delicious pizza lunch kindly donated by multiple PEI Scotties Champion Susan McInnis and Peake and McInnis and prepared by our friends at Sam’s Family Restaurant!
Some chocolate eggs were thoughtfully donated to our juniors curlers for dessert by curling icon Kim Dolan!
The two Robbies – Lenentine and Doherty!
We must extend a very special thank you to Robbie and Jennifer Lenentine who generously offered their time, yet again, to support our club and community, with their time and gifts to help organize this wonderful event! Another thank you to Heather Gauthier, who always quietly steps in and helps where needed. Thank you, Heather!
Another big thank you to our Ice Technician Brent, who worked within a busy schedule to make sure the ice was ready to go! We also thank AJ Campbell who helped Brent with ice maintenance…Thank you, AJ!
And thank you to our attendant Debby who jumped in and helped where needed!
Now what you have all been waiting for…
A Club Red and Blue points total for the day!
This afternoon the Blue Team was able to come out ahead of the Red Team again by winning 28 points. The Red Team earned a solid 19 points.
We should share, these were hard-fought games, filled with lots of strategy and gameplay. All curlers played well. But most of all this was all about the FUN!! Our older junior curlers mentoring our young ones~ who threw a lot of rocks today!
For the skills competition the Blue Team earned 5 points and the Blue Team earned 3 points.
Making the daily points total
Blue = 58
Carrying over the points totals from the Little Rockers and Novice Program (Blue 11, Red 7) means that:
Blue overall points total to date is: 69
Red overall points total to date is 50
We still have our Stick Curling ‘Red and Blue Division’, our Daytime ‘Red and Blue Division’, and of course our finale: the Independent Grocery ‘Red and Blue Division’ to go!!
Red has their work cut out for them~ but there is lots of curling to go!
Here is a photo gallery from the Saturday afternoon excitement — click a photo to enlarge, and use arrows or swipe to go ahead/back.
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