Erin Carmody wins Jr. Women's title
Brett Gallant repeats as Jr. Men's champ
Defending champion Brett Gallant scored two points in the final end to edge Charlottetown clubmate Mitchell O'Shea 7-6 this afternoon to win the Pepsi Provincial Junior Men's championship at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club. Gallant, who had only one loss in the tournament, won the A and B sections, while O'Shea had a 9-6 win this morning over Matthew Nabuurs of Montague to take the C division. Gallant was handed his first loss - 5-4 to Nabuurs, last night, while O'Shea edged Sam Ramsay of the host Silver Fox club 5-4 to advance to the C final against Nabuurs. O'Shea would have had to have beaten Gallant twice to take the title, but the defending champion, who could win by taking either of the two championship games, got the job done the first game.
Photo (L-R): Brett Gallant, Adam Casey, Anson Carmody, Alex MacFadyen, coach Kathie Gallant
Other members of the Brett Gallant rink are Adam Casey, Anson Carmody, and Alex MacFadyen, with coach Kathie Gallant. Isaac Shaw, Robbie Doherty, and Michael Leblanc with coach Marilyn Sutherland round out the O'Shea team. Gallant, who now advances to the Canadian Juniors, Feb. 3-11 in St. Catharines Ont., won the event last year with the same team, and in 2004, at age 13, with this year's runner-up O'Shea at third, and Matt Smith and Patrick Callbeck playing front end.
The Junior Women's title was awarded earlier on Sunday. The Erin Carmody rink from the host Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club went undefeated this weekend with a 7-0 win-loss record to capture all three section finals, and win the Junior Women's championship on Sunday morning, without having to play the two game championship round. In the Sunday morning C division final, Carmody, with team-mates Geri-Lynn Ramsay, Lisa Moerike, and Jessica van Ouwerkerk, and coach Pat Aylward, were trailing 6-5 with hammer going into the final end over Charlottetown's Lynn Ann James rink, and scored a deuce to pull out a 7-6 victory. Beth Ellen Brown, Janet Morrissey, Julie Mutch, 5th Courtney Moore, and coach AJ Campbell round out the runner-up James rink. The Carmody squad now advance to the Canadian Juniors, Feb. 3-11 in St. Catharines Ont. In 2001, the previous time the Canadian Juniors was held in St. Catharines, another Silver Fox rink, Suzanne Gaudet, won the event, and the subsequent world championship.
On Saturday night, after previously winning the A and B sections, Carmody eliminated clubmate Darcee Birch by a 10-6 score, while James got by Charlottetown clubmate Katie Sharkey 7-6 in an extra end to advance to the C final of this triple-knockout event.
Photo (L-R): Erin Carmody, Geri Lynn Ramsay, Lisa Moerike, Jessica van Ouwerkerk, coach Pat Aylward
Play got underway Thursday, with eight Junior Women's teams, and an equal number of Junior Men's rinks taking part in this triple-knockout event.