Fullerton wins provincial junior women’s ch’ship
ALBERTON – Three members of the Katie Fullerton rink are heading to their fourth consecutive Canadian junior women’s curling championship.
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Chloe McCloskey, left, and Aleya Quilty sweep a Sabrina Smith rock for the Katie Fullerton rink during play at the Pepsi provincial junior women’s curling championship in Alberton on Tuesday.
Fullerton beat Lauren Lenentine, also of the Cornwall Curling Club, 9-5 at the Western Community Curling Club on Tuesday night to sweep the modified tripe-knockout format in the Pepsi provincial junior women’s curling championship at 4-0 (won-lost).
Lenentine finished 3-3, with all three losses coming in the A, B, and C qualifiers to Fullerton.
Tuesday night, Fullerton took a 6-3 lead with a five-ender in six, and then sealed the deal when Chloe McCloskey, who throws skip stones, hit and stuck for three with the final rock in nine.
“We all wanted it just as bad; it’s just as great as our first nationals,” commented Fullerton. “We were really determined to succeed, and we worked together.”
They will represent P.E.I. at nationals in Stratford, Ont. from Jan. 23 to 31.
The team maintained its composure throughout the provincials, and Fullerton suggested that’s due to their national experience.
“We had that taste of nationals, and it really helps motivate you and get you more focused on the ice,” she commented.
The team’s three previous provincial championships were with Veronica Smith as skip. Smith aged out of juniors after last year’s run and Fullerton, who was third stone for her the first time they won and lead the next two seasons, took her place this year as skip.
Sabrina Smith is in her fourth year as second stone on the team. New to the team at lead is Aleya Quilty. She was the most emotional of the Bill Hope-coached team after the final handshakes.
“(Quilty) was always on one of our top competitors throughout the years, so she got second place quite a few years,” Fullerton said. “It’s nice she could join us and win it this year.”
This is Fullerton and Quilty’s last year of junior eligibility.
Smith was in attendance when her old team played its final game at provincials, and said it was more nerve-wracking watching than being out on the ice.
Three of the five teams in the men’s event are still in contention.
The Alex MacFadyen rink beat the defending-champion Tyler Smith rink 6-4 in the C qualifier on Tuesday night. Leading by one with hammer heading home, MacFadyen got his third stone, Kyle Holland, to clear guards from the front of the house, leaving him with clear view of a lonely Smith stone on his first throw.
Smith attempted to curl behind a guard, but he ended up bumping the guard just short of shot rock. MacFadyen didn’t have to throw the hammer.
Smith (3-2) and MacFadyen (5-2) will meet on Wednesday at 11 a.m., with the winner playing Matthew MacLean’s (3-2) Maple Leaf/Cornwall rink in a winner-take-all game at 4 p.m.
As all three surviving teams have won a qualifier, MacLean gets the bye to the final because he won the first of the qualifiers.