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The Veronica Smith rink from Cornwall is the Pepsi provincial junior women’s curling champions for the second year in a row. Team members are: skip, Veronica Smith (right); mate Chloe McCloskey; second Sabrina Smith; lead Katie Fullerton and coach Bill Hope.
SUMMERSIDE — It came down to the last rock and the defending Pepsi provincial junior women’s curling champion needed a draw to the four-foot to win and she did just that.
Veronica Smith of the Cornwall Curling Club needed the clutch shot and got it as it was in tough against clubmate Amanda MacLean.
Smith opened the match scoring singles in the first two ends before MacLean came back with one in the fifth.
Smith got that back the following end and added two more in the eighth end for a 5-3 lead.
MacLean wasn’t about to go away, taking one point in the ninth end and then controlling the final end until the very last rock.
MacLean was sitting two and under cover and Smith needed the draw to win.
“That last shot, I closed my eyes before I threw it and said it’s a do-or-die sort of thing,” Smith said. “Honestly, I didn’t know where it had stopped and then I say the claps in here so I knew I must have made it.”
The Smith team also includes third Chloe McCloskey, second Sabrina Smith and lead Katie Fullerton. Coaches are Bill Hope and Paul Smith.
Other members of the the MacLean squad are third Jane DiCarlo, second Emily Gray and lead Aleya Quilty, with coach Lori Robinson.
Smith had high words of praise for the MacLean rink.
They’re a great team,” she said. “They always give us a good game. It was nice to play them in the finals. If we couldn’t get to go, I wanted them to.”
Smith knew it wouldn’t be an easy win.
“We knew we had a tough game ahead of us so we went in just knowing that we had to make 20 shots,” she said. “We joked about it. After each end we’d say 18 . . . 16 . . . to count down. We had to stay calm we knew we could pull through if we played our kind of game.”
Smith and her team will represent P.E.I. at the M&M Meat Shops Canadian junior curling championship in Liverpool, N.S., beginning Jan. 18.