Local favourite Mary Fay of Chester, N.S.m opened her first M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Curling Championships in Liverpool, N.S., with a solid 10-2 victory over Newfoundland & Labrador, skipped by Sarah Hill.
In front of boisterous, Sou’Wester-clad bluenosers, the young sensation scored three points in each of the first two ends, coasting to the win in only eight ends.
In other women’s action in Saturday’s afternoon draw, British Columbia’s Kalia Van Osch won her first game, 19-0 over Sadie Pinksen of the Iqaluit CC in Nunavut. Manitoba’s Meaghan Brezden put on a strong performance defeating P.E.I.’s Veronica Smith 13-4. Finally, Alberta’s Kelsey Rocque stopped Quebec’s Camille Boisvert 6-4.
In the men’s section, there are now three teams at 2-0. New Brunswick’s Rene Comeau continued his strong play with a 12-7 win over P.E.I.’s Kyle Holland (with Tony Nabuurs throwing last stones). New Brunswick is on top of Men’s Pool B with Alberta’s Carter Lautner who followed up his victory over the NWT this morning with a 5-1 win over B.C.. Key steals in the 8th and 9th ends sealed Cameron de Jong fate. B.C. drops to 0-2.
Manitoba’s Braden Calvert is alone on top of Men’s Pool A with a 2-0 record stopping Quebec’s Adam Freilich 6-3 aide by a steal of two points in the 9th end. Quebec is now at 0-2.
In the first game for both Saskatchewan’s Tyler Hartung and Newfoundland & Labrador’s Stephen Trickett, the Kronau, Sask., skip took two points in the seventh end to break a tie game to that point. Trickett had a very difficult double takeout to tie the game in the ninth end but was not successful ultimately losing 6-5.
Round-robin games are taking place at both Queens Place Emera Centre and the Liverpool Curling Club in the beautiful South Shore region of Nova Scotia.
The teams have been seeded (based on last year’s results) into two seven-team pools for each gender and will first play a six-game round robin within each pool from Saturday through Tuesday. The top three teams in each pool, plus two teams with the next best won-lost records, then advance to the Championship Round for a further four-game partial round robin from Wednesday through Friday, with their earlier records carried forward.
Once the top three teams for each gender have been determined, all playoff games will be played at Queens Place Emera Centre. The women’s final is Saturday, Jan. 25, while the men’s final is Sunday, Jan. 26. Both finals will be televised live on TSN/RDS2 at 4 p.m. AST/3 p.m. EST.
For the second consecutive year, the competition format involves all 14 Member Associations of the Canadian Curling Association (10 provinces, plus Northern Ontario, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon).
The full scoreboard can be viewed at http://www.curling.ca/scoreboard/.
The leaderboard can be viewed at http://www.curling.ca/2014juniors-en/standings/