Three Acadia students compete at junior curling nationals

John Decoste
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Mayhew rink looking forward Liverpool competition

The national junior curling championships are being played this week in Liverpool, and the men’s team representing Nova Scotia has a Valley flavour to it.

Skip Robert Mayhew, mate Michael Brophy and lead Ben Creaser are all students at Acadia, and with Dalhousie student Matt Jackson, they captured the Nova Scotia U-21 junior provincials Dec. 31 in Lower Sackville.

“Winning provincials was fantastic,” Mayhew said, shortly before leaving for Liverpool, where the junior nationals will get underway Jan. 18. "We played so well together.”

Their team lost only one game at provincials, a triple-knockout competition, “and there were some pretty capable teams there,” Mayhew said.

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Last year, Mayhew, Brophy, Creaser and a fourth Acadia student, Alex Trites, competed at the Canadian university championship.

“Alex is still at Acadia, but he has decided to concentrate on his studies this year. We found Matt, who had come in to Dal from Ottawa, and he fit the bill perfectly,” Mayhew said.

Since only three of the team members are Acadia students, and Trites had decided to not curl at all, they decided not to go to the AUS and focus on the juniors instead.

“We’re going in knowing it’s a national championship, and that there are going to be some good teams there,” Mayhew added.

On the other hand, “the field this year is pretty different from last year,” he said. For instance, last year’s winner, Matt Dunstone, didn’t make it out of Manitoba.

“In general, there are a lot of new players at the event this year. We’re hoping our experience at other national events will benefit us," Mayhew said.

“We have good fundamentals and a solid game plan, but our best feature is our patience. We win a lot of close games.”

As they did at provincials, Team Mayhew is representing the Windsor Curling Club.

“Michael, Ben and I all live in Wolfville and attend Acadia,” Mayhew explained. “We commute to Windsor because it’s cheaper and there’s better access to ice time.”

The Nova Scotia team on the women’s side also has a Kings County flavour. The Mary Fay rink from the Chester Curling Club includes mate Jennifer Smith of Berwick and second Karlee Burgess, a former Berwick resident now living in Truro.

 

 

Organizations: Windsor Curling Club, Chester Curling Club

Geographic location: Acadia, Nova Scotia, Liverpool Lower Sackville Dal Ottawa Manitoba Wolfville Kings Truro

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