It came down to an exciting finish in the junior women’s final at the 13th annual Quality Inn-sponsored Fall Fling junior cashspiel at the Silver Fox Entertainment Complex on Sunday.
Katie Shaw and her Cornwall Curling Club team, which includes three members of last year’s winning rink, were trailing 4-2 after eight ends of play in the 10-end final. However, Shaw and her teammates scored a deuce in the ninth end to tie the game coming home without last-rock advantage against the Brooke Tracy foursome from the Gladstone Curling Club in Fredericton Junction N.B., and then managed to steal a deuce in the 10th end for the 6-4 win.
It wasn’t as close on the junior men’s side as the Calan MacIsaac squad from Truro, N.S., defeated the Rajan Dalrymple team from the Gage club in Oromocto, N.B., by a 9-2 score. A steal of three in the seventh end brought the game to an early conclusion.
Shaw stepped up from third stone to skip this year, with Alexis Burris moving up to third, Meghan Sherren joining the rink at second stone and Lexie Murray returning at the lead position. David Murphy coaches the rink.
The Tracy rink includes third Kristen Donovan, second Kamdyn Cawdle, lead Sierra Tracy and coach Jeremy Tracy.
Other members of the MacIsaac foursome are third Evan Moorhouse, second stone Owen Fisher, lead Chris McCurdy and coach Craig Burgess.
Completing the Dalrymple squad are third Logan Pugsley, second Riley Dowden, lead Cameron Sallaj and coach Brian Dalrymple.
P.E.I.’s Brayden Snow rink from the Silver Fox and Charlottetown Curling Club were semifinalists in the event, losing 9-4 to Dalrymple. Snow qualified for the money round by beating the Josh Nowlan rink from Curl Moncton, coached by Summerside native Daryell Nowlan, and the Mitchell Schut foursome from Cornwall in a draw-to-the-button tiebreaker. All three rinks had matching 3-2 (won-lost) records after round-robin play.
The other Island rink in the event, Team Clara Jack from Cornwall, gained a lot of competitive experience but didn’t manage to record a win.