Lawes Earns Trip to Curling Nationals

Nugget Column #15 – Wednesday January 14th, 2015

Last week’s curling column was left in suspense with results from the Northern Ontario Curling Association’s Junior Provincials unknown at the time of submission.

This week… Our headline says it all; Connor Lawes of the North Bay Granite Club and second for Team Horgan of the Idylwylde Golf and Country Club in Sudbury is heading to the 2015 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors in Corner Brook, Newfoundland.

A single round robin game loss prevented the team from earning a direct berth to the provincial final however twenty-two ends (two extra end playoff games) later, Horgan would repeat as the province’s junior men’s champion.

Flash back to 2007 and you would find 10-year-old Connor Lawes throwing his first curling stones at the Sundridge Arena. He was a member of the Sundridge Mixed Curling Club until it’s dissolution in 2011 and moved to North Bay in 2010 to join the North Bay Granite Curling Club.

Now Lawes, who joins the Sudbury rink only this season, will be attending his first Canadian Juniors and second national curling compeititon. He and his Olympic gold medal winning aunt, Kaitlyn Lawes, played together in last season’s Canadian Mixed Doubles Curling Trials; an event the Canadian Curling Association is pushing to have added to the Winter Olympic line-up.

The Village of Sundridge, Sundridge Mixed Curling Club, South River Curling Club, the North Bay Granite Curling Club in addition to friends, family and fellow curlers are extremely proud and will be following Team Horgan when action gets underway January 24th.

Team Barclay was also impressive having reached playoffs at their first ever Junior Provincial. Calli, Cynthia, Kate and Sarah finished round robin with a 5-2 record (second place) despite some early round losses. While failing to capture a win in the semi-finals this young junior girl’s rink knows how to play with the best teams around and has a bright future ahead.

Team Brown did not qualify for this year’s Travelers Northern Ontario Men’s Provincial Championship but are wishing teams Jakubo, Glibota and Johnston the best of luck. Three teams secured berths from this past weekend’s East Qualifier while three more will qualify from a West Qualifier and two more from the Canadian Team Ranking System standings. Brad Jacobs and Al Hackner are this year’s CTRS berth earners.

The Day Ladies’ Section of the North Bay Granite Club wish to thank Colin Vezina for sponsoring their last draw in which the winners will be presented the Vezina Trophy.

An advertisement in the North Bay Nugget thanking sponsors of the 2015 Canadian Mixed Curling Championships mistakenly omitted the following supporters: Greco’s Pizza and Pasta, The Fox & The Fiddle, Dash Appliance, Tim Horton’s, Cor Maximus, Vic Fedeli, Wacky Wings, Osprey Links, Asham Curling Supplies, MRB Finance, Hillside Funeral Home, Canadian Tire, Independent Grocers, Auntie Jane’s Restaurant, Senior Men’s Curling Section, No Frills, Jack Lockhart Art Gallery and Leon’s.

 

Bobby Ray
General Manager
North Bay Granite Club