Team Fay on to semifinals at Canadian Juniors

John Decoste
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N.S. women improve to 8-2 with 9-5 win over Quebec
Team Mayhew finishes at 6-4

 

The Nova Scotia junior women’s curling team continues to exceed all expectations at the Canadian Junior Curling Championships in Liverpool.

Skip Mary Fay, third Jennifer Smith of Berwick, second Karlee Burgess and lead Janique LeBlanc punched their ticket to the semifinals with a 9-5 victory over Quebec in the Friday morning draw. Team Fay improved to 8-2 with the win.

As was the case in their previous game against Saskatchewan, the young Nova Scotia squad - LeBlanc is 16, the other three are 15 - came from behind to win.

Team Fay took an early lead with single points in the first three ends, but Quebec responded with one in the fourth and fifth and three in the sixth for a 5-3 lead.

Nova Scotia, though, bounced back with one in the seventh, stole two in the eighth to regain the lead, then stole three in the ninth, at which point the game was called.

Team Fay, representing the Chester Curling Club, advances to a semifinal meeting with Team Van Osch from British Columbia at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Queens Place Emera Centre. Both Nova Scotia and B.C. will take 8-2 records into the semifinal. The winner moves on to face Team Rocque (9-1) from Alberta in the final at 4 p.m.

"It's been wonderful, a really phenomenal experience," Jennifer Smith said by phone Friday afternoon. "To compete at this level and make the playoffs at (age) 15 is amazing."

Asked if there had been highlights from the week, Smith replied, "the whole week has been one big highlight. With the team we have, we figured we'd be competitive, but we didn't ever expect we'd do this well."

Asked how if would feel to win, if that were to happen, Smith said, "I really don't know. Hopefully that happens, but if not, we're still young, and we should have lots more chances."

The news wasn’t quite as good for the Nova Scotia men’s team of skip Robert Mayhew, third Michael Brophy, lead Ben Creaser (all Acadia students) and second Matt Jackson, representing the Windsor Curling Club.

Though they failed to advance to the semifinals, Team Mayhew did win their final game in the championship round 6-3 over Saskatchewan on Friday morning, and finished the tournament with a record of six wins and four losses.

Organizations: Canadian Juniors, Windsor Curling Club

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Quebec, Saskatchewan Liverpool British Columbia Alberta Acadia

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