Three-day event concludes at The Fox
SUMMERSIDE – The Charlottetown Curling Club’s Shawn Pitre rink beat out the Tyler Smith foursome from the Cornwall Curling Club for the $500 top prize at the inaugural December junior spiel here at the Silver Fox Curling Club over the weekend.
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Shawn Pitre of Alberton, who now curls out of the Charlottetown Curling Club, beat the Tyler Smith rink from the Cornwall Curling Club to take home the $500 cash prize at the inaugural December junior spiel at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club in Summerside on Sunday afternoon
Pitre, an Alberton native who previously curled out of the Western Community Curling Club, along with third stone Tony Nabuurs and second stone Parker O’Connor, won Sunday’s final 7-1. Lead Noah O’Connor was sidelined with an injury.
The Pitre rink, coached by Arny Nabuurs, finished the three-day event 6-1 (won-lost), losing its only game to Alex MacFadyen of Summerside – the same rink Smith beat 8-7 game to move on to Sunday’s final.
Pitre doubled the Montague Curling Club’s Cody Dixon rink 6-3 in the other semifinal.
“The boys played really well,” said Pitre, adding it’s the rink’s first year curling together. “I couldn’t have asked for much better from them.
“We didn’t really miss a lot and played really well. I credit the guys with leaving me with some easy shots.”
On the women’s side, the Jennifer Armstrong rink of the Fredericton Curling Club defeated the Emily Manuel foursome from Halifax’s Mayflower Curling Club 9-2 in the final.
Rounding out the Armstrong rink, coached by Gary Wilson, were third stone Kaleigh Barry, second stone Julie Ayotte and lead Shelby Wilson.
“This is my first time here,” said Armstrong. “We actually started off the weekend with only three of us.
“Our mate, Kaleigh, had two exams, one on Friday and one on Saturday. She got her late last night (Saturday) and played the 8:30 draw.
“It was nice practice. It was a chance for the other two to throw more rocks. This weekend was a warm-up for provincials on Jan. 3. This is our last tournament before then.”
“The boys played really well. I couldn’t have asked for much better from them. We didn’t really miss a lot and played really well. I credit the guys with leaving me with some easy shots." Shawn Pitre
Armstrong started the weekend with a loss against the Silver Fox Curling Club’s Jenny McLean rink, the same rink Manuel, third stone Emma Cameron, second stone Mandi Newhook and lead Anna Cortell would beat 6-4 in the semifinals to advance to the final.
Armstrong beat the Cornwall Curling Club’s Veronica Smith rink 10-5 in the other semifinal, and ended the weekend with a 6-1 record.
“The draws were great,” said Armstrong. “We played lots of games and lots of great teams.
“Overall, it was just a great experience, a nice little warm-up spiel. We didn’t expect to just come in and win, but we played very well. The whole weekend was perfect, the same ice the whole way through.”
A total of 18 teams signed up for the bonspiel, with one men’s team pulling out late last week. That resulted in one team having a bye at the start of the tournament, said event organizer Sheila Compton.
“After the Fall Fling (junior event recently) I had so many teams on the waiting list to get in, and they offered me this weekend at the curling club,” said Compton, adding the new event could accommodate 24 teams. “It’s a bad time of year for it because of university exams and people are busy.”
Compton said it was a great weekend of curling, and hopes to hold the event again next year.
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