Nugget Column #14 – Tuesday January 6th, 2015
This week I am fortunate to be reporting live from Sault Ste. Marie where Northern Ontario’s finest young curlers are vying to represent our province at the 2015 Canadian Junior Curling Championships that will be held January 24th – February 1st in Cornerbrook, Newfoundland.
As this column goes to print North Bay’s Team Barclay is sitting at 4-2 with one round robin game remaining Monday afternoon. Calli, Cynthia, Kate, Sarah and Stephanie are playing an intelligent game and executing exceptionally well against some fierce competition.
To recap; Barclay opened the event with a decisive 11-3 victory over Team J. Smith followed by a heartbreaking loss to Team Stinson who stole the last two ends to win by two.
On Sunday morning the girls performed as planned but failed to finish strong against a near-perfect Team M. Smith; fortunately what went around came around and Team Barclay put themselves back in the tournament with wins over Dumoulin and Poirier (11-2 and 9-6 respectably).
A much-needed fourth win came Monday morning as the team representing the Granite Club retired their opponents after six ends, leading 8-1. The final round robin game brings Barclay face-to-face with the defending provincial champion, Team Burns.
#TeamCBarclay (as they are known on Twitter) is grateful for all the support they are receiving from back home and via social media. For final results from the event log on to curlnoca.ca
Another North Bay curler is undefeated after six rounds of play and is certain of a playoff berth in today’s championship games. Connor Lawes, second for Team Horgan of the Idylwylde Curling Club in Sudbury, is dominating the junior boy’s field after dedicating much time and effort to an extensive touring season.
Zach Warkentin of Thunder Bay joins Horgan at 6-0 while Chris Glibota and Brendan Acorn trail at 4-2.
Back on Trout Lake Road the Granite Club ladies sections are preparing for a one-day bonspiel this Saturday January 10th. Ruby’s Golden Broom, titled in memory of long-time curling member Ruby Holman, is a fun-focused event featuring two games and dinner. It may not be too late to join, but act now and send an e-mail to [email protected]
No sooner do the competitive girls land home, our guys go away. Team Jeff Brown aspires to be among three of six teams registered that will advance to provincials from a qualifying event in Espanola this weekend.
Other teams include Mike Jakubo, Dustin Montpellier and Pat Chartier of Sudbury; Chris Glibota of Sault Ste. Marie; and Dylan Johnston of Thunder Bay.
North Bay Granite Club