2018 PEI Under 16 Curling Championships

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Mitchell Schut and Lauren Ferguson rinks win PEI Under 16 championships

It’s two championships in six days for both Mitchell Schut from the Cornwall Curling Club and Lauren Ferguson from the Charlottetown, Cornwall and Crapaud clubs, capturing the Under 16 championships on Sunday afternoon at the Montague Curling Rink after winning the Under 18 on Monday. It’s also the third year in a row for Schut winning the U16Boy’s, while two members of the Ferguson foursome – Katie Shaw and Lexie Murray, were on last year’s Girl’s winning team.

Boy’s Champions Photo (L-R): Larry Richards (Montague Curling Rink representative), Dylan Moase (lead), Sean Peric (2nd), Liam Kelly (3rd), Mitchell Schut (skip), Mike Schut (coach)

Team Schut beat last year’s runner-up, the Chase MacMillan rink from Charlottetown, by an 8-5 score in the Sunday morning semi-final, stealing a triple in the third end, and taking another three in the fifth on the way to the win. The Cruz Pineau rink from the Silver Fox in Summerside beat the fourth team in the competition, the Samuel Shaw team from the host club, 9-2 in the semi to advance to the final against the Schut squad. Pineau, going into the final undefeated, had previously handed Schut his only loss in the event, by a 10-4 score.

Boy’s Finalist Photo (L-R): Larry Richards (Montague Curling Rink representative), Noah Gallant (third), Shelley MacFadyen (coach), Cruz Pineau (skip), Brock Rochford (2nd), Brayden Snow (lead)

In the high-scoring final, Pineau opened with a triple, but Schut came back with four in the second. The teams then traded triples, giving Schut a 7-6 lead at the fourth-end break. A pair of singles gave Pineau a 7-6 lead after six. Schut scored three in the seventh and ran Pineau out of rocks in eighth for a 10-8 win. Schut’s team included Liam Kelly from his regular team at third, with Sean Peric from the host club joining the rink at second, and Dylan Moase, who normally curls on his brother Devin Schut’s team, at lead. Devin and their father Mike Schut shared coaching duties. Rounding out the Pineau finalist team were third Brock Rochford, second Noah Gallant, and lead Brayden Snow, with coach Shelley MacFadyen.

Girl’s Champions Photo (L-R): Larry Richards (Montague Curling Rink representative), Lauren Ferguson (skip), Katie Shaw (3rd), Alexis Burris (2nd), Lexie Murray (lead), David Murphy (coach)

Ferguson’s semi-final game in the six-team Girl’s division was against Gracie Gaudet and her Charlottetown team, and was tied at 3-3 after five ends of play. Ferguson then scored a deuce in six and a steal of four in the seventh for a 9-3 lead coming home, running Gaudet out of rocks in the last end. The other semi was a closely-fought contest between Cornwall clubmates Rachel MacLean, and Sydney Howatt, with the teams tied 3-3 at break. MacLean was kept to 1 in five, with Howatt blanking the sixth and giving up a steal of one in the seventh. She was unable to score in the eighth, with MacLean winning 5-3, and setting up the final between the two undefeated teams in the event, Ferguson and MacLean.

Girl’s Finalist Photo (L-R): Larry Richards (Montague Curling Rink representative), Rachel MacLean (skip), Jordan Dunphy-Condon (3rd), Avery Nicholson (2nd), Ella Lenentine (lead), Carl Nicholson (coach)

In the final, MacLean had a 3-2 lead after three ends, but Ferguson picked up four points in the fourth to grab the lead with a 6-3 score. MacLean scored singles in ends five and seven, with Ferguson scoring a deuce in the sixth, to lead 8-5 coming home, running MacLean out of rocks in the final end.

The winning Ferguson team includes Katie Shaw at third, Alexis Burris at second, and Lexie Murray at lead, with coach David Murphy. Completing the finalist MacLean rink were third Jordan Dunphy-Condon, second Avery Nicholson, and lead Ella Lenentine. Carl Nicholson is coach.


Following the finals and the presentations to the teams, the awards for Sportsmanship, as voted on by all the players, and Coaching, as voted on by the coaches in the event, were handed out, with the Boy’s Sportsmanship award going to Brock Rochford from Team Pineau, the Girl’s going to skip Rachel MacLean, and the Coaching award going to Shelley MacFadyen, coach of Team Pineau.

Photo (L-R): Larry Richards from the Montague Curling Club, Brock Rochford, Boy’s Sportsmanship winner

Photo (L-R): Larry Richards from the Montague Curling Club, Rachel MacLean, Girl’s Sportsmanship winner

Photo (L-R): Larry Richards from the Montague Curling Club, Shelley MacFadyen, Coaching award winner

Montague hosting 2018 U16

The 2018 Provincial Under 16 Curling Championships, with boy’s and girl’s divisions for curlers a maximum of 15 years of age on June 30 2017, take place March 2-4 at the Montague Curling Club.

Three of the four boy’s teams and four of the six girl’s rinks entered, some with roster changes for the different age category, also competed in this past weekend’s Under 18 championship.

The Mitchell Schut rink from Cornwall won the U16 boy’s division the last two years, while the Katie Shaw team from Charlottetown took the 2017 girl’s title. Schut, who won the U18 Boy’s title last weekend, is back this year looking to add to his U16 medal collection. U18 girl’s champ Lauren Ferguson, whose rink includes Katie Shaw, and Lexie Murray from Shaw’s team last year, is also entered.
The Boy’s teams will play a single-pool round robin, while the Girl’s will be divided into two pools and also play a round robin. All teams will then advance to the Boy’s and Girl’s playoff rounds, with round robin rankings used to determine their positions in the playoff round.
Rankings: First by win/loss, then head to head between tied teams, and finally cumulative last stone draw results.
Pool A
Pool B
Pool C
1-MacMillan A-Jack X-Gaudet
2-Schut B-MacLean Y-Ferguson
3-Shaw C-McDonald Z-Howatt
Date Time Draw Ice 1 Ice 2 Ice 3 Ice 4
2 pm 1 1-MacMillan  vs 2-Schut A-Jack vs B-MacLean 3-Shaw vs 4-Pineau X-Gaudet vs Y-Ferguson
6 pm 2 B-MacLean vs C-McDonald 2-Schut vs 3-Shaw Y-Ferguson vs Z-Howatt 1-MacMillan vs 4-Pineau
10 am 3 1-MacMillan vs 3-Shaw X-Gaudet vs Z-Howatt 2-Schut vs 4-Pineau A-Jack vs C-McDonald
2 pm 4 W1   W2  
10 am 5 M1 W3 M2 W4
2 pm 6   M3 W5  

Playoff Draw Tree

(will not be updated – refer to online scoring for draw progression)

Playoff Pool A = Boy’s teams, Playoff Pool B & C = Girl’s Teams


Team Rosters

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Team Coach Affiliation Location
B-Team MacMillan Rob Roberts Charlottetown Curling Complex Charlottetown, PE
B-Team Pineau Shelly MacFadyen Silver Fox Summerside, PE
B-Team Schut Mike Schut, Devin Schut Cornwall Curling Club Cornwall, PE
B-Team Shaw Nancy Collier & Kyle MacDonald Montague Curling Club Montague, PE
G-Team Ferguson David Murphy Charlottetown, Cornwall, Crapaud curling clubs Charlottetown, Cornwall, Crapaud PE
G-Team Gaudet Sinead Dolan Charlottetown Curling Complex Charlottetown, PE
G-Team Howatt A.J. Campbell Cornwall Curling Club Cornwall, PE
G-Team Jack Aleya Quilty Cornwall Curling Club Cornwall, PEI
G-Team MacLean Carl Nicholson Cornwall Curling Club Cornwall, PE
G-Team McDonald N/A Montague Curling Club Montague, PE
Specific Rules of Play for the Provincial U16
1. Competitors
a. Competitors will be a maximum of 15 years of age on June 30 of the year prior to the competition.
b. Teams must consist of no less than 4 males or 4 females.
c. All teams must have an adult coach or Chaperone on-site for each game. Minimum certification is not required to access field of play.
2. Games
a. Games will be eight (8) ends.
b. Tied games will be decided by extra end(s).
3. Game Timing
a. Time clocks will not be used.
b. A mandatory 5-minute break will take place at the conclusion of the fourth end.
4. Timeouts
a. Each team is allowed two 90 second timeouts per game.
b. Timeouts must be called clearly from the playing surface.
c. Only the coach of the team calling the timeout may go to the away end. The other may only meet their team at the home end. Both coaches should go out and come in together.
d. If an extra end(s) is required, each team will be allowed a ninety (90) second timeout during the extra end(s).
5. Pre-Game Practice
a. Teams are asked to be ready 30 minutes prior to game time for the coin toss for choice of 1st or 2nd practice OR rock colour. Failure to be present means you forfeit both.
b. Practice will be 9 minutes OR 8 rocks, up and back, whichever comes first.
6. Last Stone Advantage (hammer)
a. First end hammer will be skill based.
b. Last stone advantage (hammer) will be decided by a draw to the button (last stone draw – LSD) following each team practice.
c. Each team member must deliver 1 LSD before any team member can deliver a second.
d. Within one (1) minute of the pre-game practice a player from the team will throw a stone (full sweeping allowed) and the closest to the button between the two teams will receive the last stone advantage in the first end.
e. The draw to the button will be played toward the home end.
f. If a team records a distance of 0.0 or 185.4, a second person from that team will deliver a draw to the button.
7. Measurements
a. All measurements for points will be done by the teams involved.
b. If teams involved cannot decide, signal for an umpire to measure.
8. Administrative Considerations
a. The U16 will be held the last weekend in February or the first weekend in March whichever the host club has to offer.
b. There must be an official at all draws.