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New Minas, Liverpool natives compete at curling national championship with Holland College team

Bethany Dauphinee, left, and Breanna Huntley sweep a stone during the CCAA National Championships in Olds, Alta., March 24. The two represented Holland College and had a 2-5 record. 
Bethany Dauphinee, left, and Breanna Huntley sweep a stone during the CCAA National Championships in Olds, Alta., March 24. The two represented Holland College and had a 2-5 record. 

Two female curlers from western Nova Scotia recently returned from a disappointing CCAA National Championship in Olds, Alta. March 25-28. The duo curled on the women’s curling team at Holland College in its inaugural season in the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association. 

Nineteen-year-old Bethany Dauphinee of Liverpool was Holland College’s lead while 18-year-old Breanna Huntley of New Minas curled third. The team curled in several close games at the National Championship but ended with a 2-5 record.

All Huntley could think about during their close games was whether the next shot would make it or not.

“I would get more focused on our game and forget about everyone and everything around me,” she said.

Huntley and Dauphinee said they didn’t know what to expect competing at the National level but the experience opened their eyes to a new view of competing.

“I have become more aware of how much communication is done between team members,” Huntley said. “I feel now that I have gone to nationals I am fearless. I could go back and not be so nervous.”

In all the curling events Dauphinee has participated in she has never had an experience quite like this one.

“I can say that I have never literally ate, slept, and curled as we did the week of nationals. It was an experience that I will never forget.”

The fist time stepping out onto the ice at nationals, the girls admitted they were a little nervous.

“I felt I didn’t curl as well as I wanted to for the first game,” Huntley said. “After I got used to the ice I curled the best I could and I pushed myself to my fullest.”

Added Dauphinee, “If I threw the rock too light I knew I always had the best sweepers to help me out.”

Holland College was the only registered CCAA women’s curling team in Atlantic Canada so the team got pushed straight to nationals.

Getting to the national championships wasn’t as easy as it seemed for Holland College. Mother nature wasn’t working in their favour as winter conditions in late March grounded their original flight off P.E.I. on March 22.

“The snow was still bad the next day that our teams’ second was almost stuck on the island,” Huntley said. “She had to take a snowmobile to a main road before a truck brought her to the airport just in time to push her through security.”

Weather wasn’t only an issue for Holland College getting to the event - it also interfered with their preparations for it as well. Due to the excessive winter weather conditions on P.E.I., getting to the rink for practices was difficult. The team wasn’t able to be as prepared as they wanted to be.

“Training, practice and games played the victim of all the snow,” Dauhpinee said.

Huntley agreed. “We did the best we could with the little practice we had together. I believe we fought our hearts out the whole week and were determined to get the highest outcome we could.”

For only having limited time together, the team rallied together better than expected, Dauphine said.

“It was a shock to all of us on how much we learned about each other in such little time.”

Huntley has represented a number of curling clubs in the Annapolis Valley, including the Glooscap curling club in Kentville, the Berwick curling club and Windsor curling club. Dauphinee has curled out of the Liverpool curling club and the Bridgewater curling club.

 

Here’s how the games broke down:

Draw 1 – Defeated by Olds College 12-11 in extra ends.

Draw 2 – Victory over Humber College 7-6 in extra ends.

Draw 4 – Defeated by MacEwan University 7-5.

Draw 6 – Defeated by University of Alberta : Augustana 6-4.

Draw 7 – Victory over Northern Alberta Institute of Technology 11-6.

Draw 8 – Defeated by Fanshawe College 10-5.

Draw 9 – Defeated by Mohawk College 10-6.

 

 

Nineteen-year-old Bethany Dauphinee of Liverpool was Holland College’s lead while 18-year-old Breanna Huntley of New Minas curled third. The team curled in several close games at the National Championship but ended with a 2-5 record.

All Huntley could think about during their close games was whether the next shot would make it or not.

“I would get more focused on our game and forget about everyone and everything around me,” she said.

Huntley and Dauphinee said they didn’t know what to expect competing at the National level but the experience opened their eyes to a new view of competing.

“I have become more aware of how much communication is done between team members,” Huntley said. “I feel now that I have gone to nationals I am fearless. I could go back and not be so nervous.”

In all the curling events Dauphinee has participated in she has never had an experience quite like this one.

“I can say that I have never literally ate, slept, and curled as we did the week of nationals. It was an experience that I will never forget.”

The fist time stepping out onto the ice at nationals, the girls admitted they were a little nervous.

“I felt I didn’t curl as well as I wanted to for the first game,” Huntley said. “After I got used to the ice I curled the best I could and I pushed myself to my fullest.”

Added Dauphinee, “If I threw the rock too light I knew I always had the best sweepers to help me out.”

Holland College was the only registered CCAA women’s curling team in Atlantic Canada so the team got pushed straight to nationals.

Getting to the national championships wasn’t as easy as it seemed for Holland College. Mother nature wasn’t working in their favour as winter conditions in late March grounded their original flight off P.E.I. on March 22.

“The snow was still bad the next day that our teams’ second was almost stuck on the island,” Huntley said. “She had to take a snowmobile to a main road before a truck brought her to the airport just in time to push her through security.”

Weather wasn’t only an issue for Holland College getting to the event - it also interfered with their preparations for it as well. Due to the excessive winter weather conditions on P.E.I., getting to the rink for practices was difficult. The team wasn’t able to be as prepared as they wanted to be.

“Training, practice and games played the victim of all the snow,” Dauhpinee said.

Huntley agreed. “We did the best we could with the little practice we had together. I believe we fought our hearts out the whole week and were determined to get the highest outcome we could.”

For only having limited time together, the team rallied together better than expected, Dauphine said.

“It was a shock to all of us on how much we learned about each other in such little time.”

Huntley has represented a number of curling clubs in the Annapolis Valley, including the Glooscap curling club in Kentville, the Berwick curling club and Windsor curling club. Dauphinee has curled out of the Liverpool curling club and the Bridgewater curling club.

 

Here’s how the games broke down:

Draw 1 – Defeated by Olds College 12-11 in extra ends.

Draw 2 – Victory over Humber College 7-6 in extra ends.

Draw 4 – Defeated by MacEwan University 7-5.

Draw 6 – Defeated by University of Alberta : Augustana 6-4.

Draw 7 – Victory over Northern Alberta Institute of Technology 11-6.

Draw 8 – Defeated by Fanshawe College 10-5.

Draw 9 – Defeated by Mohawk College 10-6.

 

 

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