Camosun’s first shot at curling has resulted in a silver medal for the Chargers who made an incredible run at the 2018 CCAA Curling Canada Women’s National Championship.
Not only did the team become the first curling team to earn a national medal for the college, but the squad did it with only three players after third Jordan Koster sustained an injury prior to the championship which forced her to sit out.
“We are so proud of our accomplishment this week,” stated Chargers Head Coach and Curl BC High Performance Director, Melissa Soligo. “Yes, we wanted the Gold, but I can honestly tell you we left it all out there. “We had a lot against us, especially having to compete with just three players – two of whom were very sick.”
Despite dropping the first two games of the championship, the Chargers found their groove and rode a six-game win streak to the gold medal final where the team would face the top seeded Fanshawe Falcons.
“The team persevered and communicated extremely well which is what you have to do when there is only three of you,” stated Soligo. “Sweeping was also a challenge but our lead, Sydney Brilz, was a force on the brush throughout the championship!”
In the championship game, Fanshawe jumped to an early 2-0 lead but Camosun answered back with two points of their own to tie the game by the end of the third. After four blank ends, Fanshawe scored two to lead 4-2 at the end of the eighth. Camosun scored a single in the ninth and tenth ends to tie the game again and force an eleventh end. The national title went to the Falcons who made a shot on their final rock to win 5-4. Camosun picked up silver while the NAIT Ooks took home bronze.
Following the medal presentations, skip Taylor Reese-Hansen and second Mariah Coulombe were named CCAA Tournament All-Stars.
“The team went out there with gusto and pushed our opposition to the edge.” said Soligo. “The inch just wasn’t on our side; a few shots by the favorable inch would have changed the outcome of this game.”
“This team was the epitome of any team I would choose to coach,” she added. “They had class, determination, resilience and respect for all. And the pure enjoyment of playing together is so evident!”