Special to The Standard
Kiemele and Rooney Prevail at U18 Event
The Port Perry and Uxbridge Curling Clubs joined forces this past weekend, to host sixteen top Provincial calibre teams, at the first annual North Durham U18 Invitational Cash Spiel.
Eight boys and eight girls teams competed in separate events, with each team guaranteed four games. In this unique event, teams switched clubs for each round-robin game, with the top four teams earning spots in the playoffs, held in Port Perry on Sunday afternoon.
On the girls side, the top four teams were skipped by Emma Clendenan (Galt), Mackenzie Kiemele (Niagara Falls), Port Perry’s Rachel Steele (Annandale), and Parker Doig (Seaforth).
In the semi-finals, Clendenan dominated Doig 8-4, while Kiemele used last rock advantage in the final end to beat Steele 5-4.
In this repeat match of last season’s Provincial Bantam finals, Team Kiemele took three in the fifth and stole a single in the sixth to take the 4-2 lead. After forcing Clendenan to the single in the seventh, Kiemele executed a difficult double take-out, to score her single in the eighth and the 5-3 victory.
On the boys side, the top four qualifiers were Chris Inglis (St.George’s), Hazen Enman (Whitby), Josh Leung (Whitby) and Landen Rooney from Dixie. Port Perry’s Nathan Steele plays second for Team Leung.
Inglis went undefeated in the round-robin, but ran up against a very hot Rooney team who took their single with a clutch draw in the eighth, and booked their spot in the final against Team Leung, who beat Enman 6-2. In the boys final, Rooney scored four in the fourth end and then held Leung to singles, after that, winning 7-4 in convincing fashion.
Thanks to both clubs for being excellent hosts, and all the volunteers and icemakers for all their support this past weekend. The curlers, coaches, and parents had nothing but positive things to say about the event, and are already looking forward to next year. Sounds like this event will become a regular stop on the Ontario Junior Curling Tour.
Jackson Third at Master’s Provincials
Last week, Port Perry’s Carol Jackson represented the club at the Masters Womens Provincials, held at the Glencoe Curling Club near London.
After starting her week off with a loss, Team Jackson put together a string of four wins in a row, to sit atop the standings, with only two games remaining. Jackson would split her final two games and finish the round-robin at 5-2, tied with Galt’s Dale Curtis and Ruth Alexander from Highland.
Jackson would have to play Curtis, Sunday morning in a tiebreaker, with the winner to play Alexander in the Final. Jackson used to play with Curtis, so these teams know each other quite well, but it was Curtis who would score her single, in the final end to win 6-5. Team Curtis would end up beating Alexander 10-1 in the final, to take home the Provincial banner.
Congratulations, to Carol and her team, on a great run and finishing third in the Province. We are all very proud of your accomplishment.
Jefferson Wins Intermediate Qualifier
Uxbridge’s Bruce Jefferson skipped his Unionville foursome to two straight victories, in the Intermediate Mens qualifiers, held at the Oshawa Curling Club. The team beat Uxbridge’s Gary Grant 6-3, then beat Lindsay’s Shannon Beddows 8-6, to earn their spot at the Provincial Qualifiers, on February 10th at the Sutton Curling Club.
If you’re looking to check out some local curling action this Saturday, make sure to visit both of North Durham’s local curling clubs. This Saturday, Port Perry is hosting the annual Herrington’s Mixed Bonspiel, while Uxbridge is hosting the always popular Uxspiel Mixed Bonspiel. Good curling everyone!