The 11th annual Fall Fling Junior Cashspiel, with a full draw of 24 teams, representing all four Atlantic provinces, wrapped up this afternoon at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club in Summerside.
In the junior men’s division, two “Mainland” teams, both with Island connections, went undefeated through the round robin and semi-final and met in the final, with the Michael Donovan foursome from Curl Moncton, which is coached by Summerside native Daryell Nowlan, and includes his sons Josh at third, and Jacob as alternate player, edging the Ryan Abraham squad from the Halifax Mayflower Curling Club, which includes third stone Brooks Roche from Montague, by a 10-9 score in an extra end. The teams were tied at 3-3 going into the 5th end, where Donovan scored five points. Abraham fought back with deuces in ends six and eight, and single steals in nine and ten to tie the game, but Donovan had hammer in the final end, scoring the winning single.
Photo: Organizer Sheila Compton (left) with winning Junior Men’s Team Donovan (L-R): Michael Donovan, Matthew Magee, Donovan Lanteigne, alternate Jacob Nowlan, Coach Daryell Nowlan. Missing: Josh Nowlan (he played in the round robin, while his younger brother Jacob replaced him in the playoffs). Photo credit: Denise Nowlan
Besides skip Abraham and third Roche, the runner-up Abraham team includes Jake Flemming and Thomas Mosher, with coach Paul Flemming. Team Abraham, minus Roche, were last year’s junior men’s event champions.
File photo (L-R): Jr. Men’s runner-up Team Abraham (L-R): Ryan Abraham, Brooks Roche, Jake Flemming, Thomas Mosher
Team Abraham edged the Liam Marin foursome from the Thistle-St. Andrews club in Saint John 6-5 in their semi-final game. The Marin rink includes Crapaud’s Tyler Smith at third. Team Donovan stole a single in the 5th and a deuce in the final end in a 10-6 win over the Alex MacFadyen rink from the host Silver Fox club in the other semi.
In the women’s final, the Annika Kelly squad blanked their Charlottetown Curling Complex clubmates the Alexis Burris team, by a 9-0 score. A steal of five points in the sixth end brought the game to an early conclusion. Lauren Ferguson was skipping Team Burris, as Burris was sidelined by an injury.
(L-R) Organizer Sheila Compton with winning junior women’s Team Kelly: skip Annika Kelly, third Cynthia Pearson, second Tat Kelly, and lead Meghan Ching. Photo credit: Doug Kelly
Organizer Sheila Compton (left) with runner-up women’s Team Burris (Front row left to right): Lauren Ferguson, Katie Shaw, alternate Amy Spence, Lexie Murray. Back row: Coach David Murphy.
In the women’s semi-final round, Team Burris, who finished round robin play with a 3-2 record, handed the Kaylee Nodding rink from the Bridgewater Curling Club their first loss in the event, by an 8-6 score, while Team Kelly, also 3-2, got by Team Brianne Batherson from the Lakeshore Curling Club in Lower Sackville NS, who had only one round robin loss, by a score of 8-5.
End by end results from this event are available at: http://peicurling.com/scoreboard/#!/competitions/3339