Veronica Smith rink wins P.E.I. mixed fours provincial curling crown

Eric McCarthy
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The Veronica Smith rink captured the P.E.I. mixed fours curling title on Monday. From left, David Benjamin, representing sponsor Atelka, Veronica Smith, Tyler Smith, Sabrina Smith, Dylan Lowery, Curl P.E.I. representative Andrew Robinson

ALBERTON - The youthful Veronica Smith rink from the Crapaud and Cornwall curling clubs compiled an 8-1 record in winning the P.E.I. mixed fours provincial curling championship.

The team, which includes Tyler Smith playing mate, Veronica's sister Sabrina at second stone and lead Dylan Lowery, will represent P.E.I. at the Canadian mixed curling championship in Yarmouth, N.S., from Nov. 14 to 19.

Smith finished off Jamie Newson, Vanessa Hamming, Tyler Harris and Miranda Ellis from the Crapaud and Charlottetown clubs 9-4 at the Western Community Curling Club in Alberton on Monday afternoon.

It was her third victory over Newson in four meetings during the nine-team modified triple-knockout championship.

"It's nice to have a younger team coming in and showing we can still play with the older, more experienced curlers," Smith said. She's only one year out of junior ranks and the other curlers on her team are all still junior age.

Smith also had the distinction of being the only female in the competition throwing skip stones.

"When I saw who was playing and I noticed that, I kind of laughed to myself. I didn't know if I was crazy," she said of that reality.

But she said she wasn't intimidated by it.

"I know I have great people ahead of me, so I just needed to make my shots."

Having Tyler Smith (no relation) throwing mate rocks, she said, provided the up-weight ability to keep the front of the house clear for her.

"I knew that I was going to have an open hit or an open draw, because he can just clear the front away, no problem."

Smith defeated the Newson rink 8-2 on Monday morning to set up the first of potentially two playoff encounters. She eliminated the need for the second playoff game by handing Newson his third loss Monday afternoon.

Organizations: Western Community Curling Club

Geographic location: ALBERTON, Yarmouth, Charlottetown

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