Feb. 27-The Owen Collier rink from the Montague Curling Club and the Sarah Parsons team from the host Crapaud Community Curling Club are PEI's newest, and youngest, curling champions, winning the KFC Provincial age 12 and Under Curling Championships on Sunday.
Photo (L-R): Gayle Johnston (PEICA), Dawson Chatman, John Campbell, Owen Collier, Coach Nancy Collier
Kevin Smith (organizer). Missing from photo is Jayde Maynard.
Photo (L-R); Gayle Johnston (PEICA), Bridget Paterson, Sierra Clyke, Kaleigh Peters, Sarah Parsons, Dario Zannier (coach), Kevin Smith (organizer)
The Collier rink, which includes John Campbell throwing fourth stones, along with second Dawson Chatman, and lead Jayde Maynard, with coaches Steve Ryan and Nancy Collier, finished round robin play with a 3-0 win-loss record. The runner-up Ryan Lowery rink was also from Montague, and also had a 3-0 record. The two teams were in different pools and did not play each other, with the winner determined by a points system combining ends won and score difference in addition to win-loss records. Other members of the Lowery team, coached by David Rice and Cody Dixon, are Darian Rice, Tyler Garnum, and Dawson Higginbotham. Third place went to defending champion Donald DeWolfe and his rink from Cornwall, with a 2-1 win-loss record. Carter Worth, Ben Wilson, and Riley Taweel, with coaches Avery Wells and Steve DeWolfe complete the DeWolfe rink.
Photo (L-R): Gayle Johnston (PEICA), Dawson Higginbotham, Tyler Garnhum, Darian Rice, Ryan Lowery, David Rice (coach), Kevin Smith (organizer)
Photo (L-R): Gayle Johnston (PEICA, Ben Wilson, Carter Worth, Donald DeWolfe, Steve DeWolfe (Coach), Kevin Smith (organizer).
Missing from photo: Riley Taweel
Rounding out the Parsons team are Kaleigh Peters, Sierra Clyke, and Bridget Paterson, with coach Dario Zannier. The runner-up rink in the girl's division was skipped by Kristie Rogers out of the Cornwall Curling Club, with teammates Megan Stewart, Olivia MacPhail, and Rachel MacLean, and chaperone Michele Rogers. They finished with the same 2-1 record as the winning team, but in a separate pool. The third place team, from the Silver Fox curling and Yacht Club in Summerside was skipped by Elly Whitney-Coulter, with third Abbey MacFadyen, Cassidy Arsenault, and Chloe Hunter, with coach Shelley MacFadyen, and also had a 2-1 win-loss record.
Photo (L-R): Gayle Johnston (PEICA), Rachel MacLean, Olivia MacPhail, Megan Stewart, Kristie Rogers, chaperone Michele Rogers, Kevin Smith (organizer)
Photo (L-R): Gayle Johnston (PEICA), Chloe Hunter, Kassidy Arsenault, Abby MacFadyen, Elly Whitney-Coulter, Kevin Smith (organizer)
Awards presented at KFC 12 and Under
The Fair Play sportsmanship awards, as votes on by the teams, and the coaching awards, as voted on by their coaching peers, were presented at the closing ceremonies for the KFC 12 and Under on Sunday at the Crapaud Community Curling Club.
The boys Fair Play award was presented to John Campbell, who thows fourth rock for the winning Owen Collier rink from the Montague Curling Club.
Photo (L-R): Gayle Johnston (PEICA), John Campbell, Kevin Smith (organizer)
The girls Fair Play award was presented to Abby MacFadyen, third on the Elly Whitney-Coulter rink from the Silver Fox. Abby also accepted the women's divison coaches award on behalf of her mother, Shelley MacFadyen.
Photo (L-R): Gayle Johnston (PEICA), Abby MacFadyen, Kevin Smith (organizer)
The coaching award for the boys side went to Doug Geldart, coach of Team Llewelyn from the Charlottetown Curling Club.
Photo (L-R): Gayle Johnston (PEICA), Doug Geldart, Kevin Smith (Organizer)
Six boys and six girls teams took part in this event. For less-experienced curlers in the 12 and Under age category, KFC is also sponsoring a Fun Tournament at the same club, on March 4, which offers three four-end matches, and allows players on a team to be any combination of boys and/or girls. Six rinks are taking part.
Photo: Angus Davies from KFC throws out the ceremonial first rock at the KFC 12 and Under on Sunday.
Preparing to sweep the stone are (left) Sierra Clyke, and (right) Bridget Paterson.