It was a clean sweep at the Pepsi Provincial Junior Curling Championships at the Maple Leaf Curling Club in O’Leary for both the defending champion Lauren Lenentine jr. women’s rink from the Cornwall Curling Club, and the Alex MacFadyen jr. men’s foursome from the Silver Fox in Summerside. Both teams went undefeated, capturing all three sections of the modified triple knockout draw, so that the event wrapped up with the “C” finals on Friday evening without playing the Saturday championship round.
File Photo (L-R): Lauren Lenentine, Kristie Rogers, Breanne Burgoyne, Rachel O’Connor, Pat Quilty (coach)
The Lauren Lenentine rink, which includes third stone Kristie Rogers, second Breanne Burgoyne, and lead Rachel O’Connor, with coach Pat Quilty, beat Charlottetown’s Annika Kelly rink 11-1 in the A final, and went on to defeat the Lauren Ferguson rink from Crapaud, Cornwall, and Charlottetown 6-4 in the B, and 6-3 in the C final of the six-team field. Third Katie Shaw, second Alexis Burris, and lead Lexie Murray, with coach David Murphy, round out the runner-up Ferguson team, while third Cynthia Pearson, second Tatiana Kelly, and lead Meghan Ching, with coach Mitch O’Shea complete the Kelly rink, the other section winner.
In the four-team Jr. Men’s division, the Alex MacFadyen team, with third James Dalton, second stone Leslie Noye, and lead Parker MacFadyen, with coach David MacFadyen, played the Mitchell Schut rink from Cornwall in all three finals, winning 7-3, 9-4, and 8-7. Schut got off to a bad start in the C final, giving up four in the first end, but fought back to narrow the gap to one by the end of the game. Nick Johnston, Colin MacKenzie, and Liam Kelly, with coaches Bill Hope and Lori Robinson, complete the runner-up Team Schut.
The winning Lenentine and MacFadyen rinks now advance to the 2018 New Holland Canadian Junior Curling Championships, Jan. 13-21 in Shawinigan Quebec.