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Curling National Championship Highlights: The Finals

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Curling National Championship Highlights: The Finals

Saturday marked the final day of the 2014 CCAA Curling Championships hosted by Sault College; after 16 teams competed in 56 games over 3 days, 7 rinks entered play with a chance at National glory.
The morning began with a tiebreaker in women’s play as Karynn Flory’s NAIT Ooks took on the Mohawk Mountaineers skipped by Kendall Haymes.

The Ooks got on the board first by taking 2 in the second end but the Mountaineers rallied back taking 1 in the fourth and stealing 1 in the fifth to have the teams tied at the break. The sixth end prove to be the turning point as a Mountaineer miss opened the doors for Flory to draw for 4. The Ooks then stole 2 in the seventh to take control of the match and ran the Mohawk squad out of rocks in the eigth to win 8-2; sending them on to the semi-finals.
The semi-finals were both Ontario/Alberta affairs as the Humber Hawks faced off against the NAIT Ooks on the women’s side while the host Sault Cougars took on the Ooks in men’s play. On the women’s side, Flory’s Ooks looked to punch their ticket to the final with a win over Grace Esquega’s Humber Hawks. The contest was close from the get go with both rinks making their shots with the Ooks staking a 3-2 lead at the fifth end break. The Hawks however roared back in the contest taking 1 in six and then stealing points in both seven and eight to lead 6-3 going into the final ends. The NAIT squad scored a crucial 2 in nine to be down one coming home but Esquega ran the Ooks out of rocks in ten to move on; while the NAIT women claimed National Bronze.
The hosts Sault Cougars were hoping to treat the hometown crowd to a win as Chris Glibota’s rink took on defending national champion Matt Brown and his NAIT curlers from Edmonton. The turning point came early as Glibota’s rink missed key shots in the second and found themselves in a world of trouble as it opened the door for Brown to play a light tap back to take 5 in the end. The Cougars battled back valiantly closing the gap to 3 by the 8th end but it was not to be as they shook in nine with the Ooks moving to the final with a 7-4 victory; while Glibota’s foursome claimed their first CCAA medal ever with National Bronze.
The women’s final saw Esquega’s Hawks take on Red Deer’s Kaitlyn Sherrer rink in a contest that shaped up to be exciting one as both teams exchanged singles and doubles throughout the night to remain tied at 5-5 after eight ends. A steal in nine by Sherrer’s Queens put them up one coming home without hammer but key shots by her foursome proved difficult for the Hawks as the end quickly turned against them. After the dust had settled it was a steal of 3 in ten that sealed the fate of Humber with Sherrer’s Red Deer rink winning 9-5 and claiming the National Championship while Esquega’s Hawks claimed silver.
In the men’s final Edmonton neighbours MacEwan and NAIT faced off in a contest where one big end could determine National bragging rights as the Griffins and Ooks took to the ice in front of a packed house. The game began with both teams exchanging singles until Jordan Steinke’ Griffins took 3 big points in the fourth end to go up 4 mid-way through the game. Matt Brown’s Ooks battled back to bring the score back to one 4-3 in the seventh end but Steinke once again was on the mark as MacEwan took 2 in eight to go up 6-3. The Ooks drew one closer in nine but with his last rock in ten Steinke made a double take out to win the championship 7-4, while the NAIT squad claimed silver.
Saturday night also saw several athletes walk away with individual hardware also as the fair play and all stars awards were handed out. Both Avery Thomas (Mohawk) and Kenton Maschmeyer (NAIT) were the recipients of the fair play trophies as voted on by their fellow curlers. The 2014 Women’s and Men’s All Star teams were:
Women’s Team All-Stars
Lead – Katie Roskewich – NAIT
2nd – Sarah Jagger – HUMBER
Vice – Julie Primrose – RED DEER
Skip – Karynn Flory – NAIT
Men’s Team All Stars
Lead – Mark Dugas – SAULT
2nd – Ryan Mcmakin – NAIT
Vice – Tristan Steinke – MACEWAN
Skip – Jordan Steinke – MACEWAN
Sault College would like to thank all those that made the 2014 CCAA Curling Championships a success as we look forward to the 2015 Championships to be hosted by Olds College in Olds, Alberta.
Source: Sault College Athletics

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