Playoff Time at Juniors!
Women’s pool play concludes at 2022 New Holland Canadian Under-21 Curling Championships
Thursday morning marked the end of pool play from the 2022 New Holland Canadian Under-21 Curling Championships at the Stratford Rotary Complex in Stratford, Ont.
And with the men’s playoff picture having already been decided last night, the women’s playoff bracket of the event has now been set.
Out of two pools of nine teams, the top three of each pool qualify for the playoffs. The top team of each pool is rewarded for their first place finish and receives a bye to a semifinal, whereas the second and third rank teams of each pool will cross over and play the opposite seed of the other pool in a #2 vs. #3 page matchup.
The winner of the #2 vs. #3 page match will proceed to a semifinal. The loser is eliminated.
Semifinal winners will then face off in the final, vying for a gold medal and the right to be Canada’s representative at the 2023 World Junior Curling Championships to be held next season (date and location TBC).
In pool A, Northern Ontario’s Katy Lukowich (7-1; Sudbury) stood above the rest and secured first place where they’ll enjoy a bye to a semifinal. In second is New Brunswick’s Celia Evans (5-3; Oromocto) with Alberta #1’s Serena Gray-Withers (5-3; Edmonton) taking third overall by virtue of a loss to New Brunswick in draw 16.
Pool B had Nova Scotia’s Taylour Stevens (8-0; Halifax) completing their undefeated run and earning the pool’s top spot and, along with it, a bye to a semifinal Friday morning. Ontario #1’s Emily Deschenes (6-2; Ottawa) was next best finishing second overall and Alberta #2’s Claire Booth (5-3; Calgary) rounds out the women’s playoff picture in third.
In upcoming page #2 vs. #3 playoff matches, Ontario #1 will face Alberta #1 and New Brunswick will take on Alberta #2.
The #2 vs. #3 page matches are scheduled for Thursday at 7 p.m. (all times eastern).
Semifinals at the 2022 New Holland Canadian Under-21 Curling Championships are set for 9 a.m. on Friday followed by the finals at 2:30 p.m on the same day.
All draws on sheet B are being live streamed on Curling Canada’s Youtube page, available here.
For teams, live scoring, results and event information from the 2022 New Holland Canadian Under-21 Curling Championships, click here.
This story will be available in french as soon as possible at https://www.curling.ca/2022under21/nouvelles/?lang=fr