Defending champs in drivers seat at Pepsi Juniors

Three-time defending junior men’s champion Brett Gallant from Charlottetown, and Summerside’s Erin Carmody, who won the last two junior women’s titles, have captured two of the three sections in the triple-knockout Pepsi Provincial Junior Curling Championships, which wrap up Wednesday at the Charlottetown Curling Club. On Tuesday afternoon in the C division final,  Carmody beat Silver Fox clubmate Anita Casey by a 9-6 score, while Gallant doubled Sam Ramsay, also from the Fox, by a 10-5 score.  Gallant and Carmody have won both the C and B sections, while Ramsay and Casey took the A division. This puts the defending champs in the drivers seat for Wednesday’s championship round, as a win in either the 9:30 am or the 2:30 pm game would give them the title, while Ramsay or Casey, who won only one section, would have to win both games to advance to the M&M Canadian Juniors, January 31 to February 8 in Salmon Arm BC.

Earlier on Tuesday, Casey  doubled Charlottetown’s Katie Sharkey 10-5, while Carmody beat Cornwall’s Sarah Clow 11-5 to set up the junior women’s  C final.

Ramsay edged Alberton’s Spencer Pitre 10-9, while Gallant of Charlottetown defeated Montague’s Matthew Nabuurs by an 8-2 score to go to the men’s C final game.

Playing with Carmody are Geri-Lynn Ramsay, Jessica van Ouwerkerk, and Darcee Birch, with coach Al Ledgerwood. Gallant’s team includes Adam Casey, Anson Carmody, and Jamie Danbrook, who was on British Columbia’s Junior Men’s championship rink last year, and is now attending school on PEI. Brett’s parents, Peter and Kathie Gallant, share coaching duties for the Gallant squad.

Other members of the Ramsay team are Justin Richard, Eric Pidgeon, and Corey Miller, with coach Peter Pidgeon, while Madeline Campbell, Dannielle Chiasson, and Bethany MacDonald, coached by Leo Stewart, round out the Casey foursome.

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