Curling: Disappointing Week

Tim Gall
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SOREL-TRACY, Quebec - Brett Gallant and his Charlottetown Curling Club team will not get the chance to defend its title at the Canadian Junior Curling Championships.
The team lost a must-win game Friday against Ontario in the final game of the round robin. The 8-3 verdict allowed Ontario to finish 9-3 in second place and gave it a berth in tonight's semi-final. P.E.I. was left at 8-4, tied for fourth place.
Gallant, Adam Casey, Anson Carmody, and Alex MacFadyen had hoped to win a second straight National title for the province, just as Suzanne Gaudet had done earlier this decade.

SOREL-TRACY, Quebec - Brett Gallant and his Charlottetown Curling Club team will not get the chance to defend its title at the Canadian Junior Curling Championships.
The team lost a must-win game Friday against Ontario in the final game of the round robin. The 8-3 verdict allowed Ontario to finish 9-3 in second place and gave it a berth in tonight's semi-final. P.E.I. was left at 8-4, tied for fourth place.
Gallant, Adam Casey, Anson Carmody, and Alex MacFadyen had hoped to win a second straight National title for the province, just as Suzanne Gaudet had done earlier this decade.
"It was a disappointing week for us," admitted Gallant after the loss eliminated the team from the competition. "We just got off to a rough start and struggled all week long."
"We were able to put some games together (to make it close in the standings) he pointed out. "I don't know how we won a couple of games, but we were at least able to make it come down to the last game for us. We just didn't play the way we wanted to (Friday) and they played really well the first few ends."
"That's the way it goes sometimes," he added. "You can't be on your game all week and we lost to the three teams that are in the playoffs now. In order to make the playoffs, you have to beat those teams."
"We can look back on it, and just say we had to play a little better.
That's all it came down to. We weren't the best team this week."
On the junior women's side of the championships, Sarah Fullerton and her Cornwall team of Michelle McQuaid, Sara MacRae, and Whitney Young also lost to Ontario to conclude the round robin at 6-6.
"We did the best we could. We knew they were going to be a tough team because they are one of the top teams in the country," said Fullerton of the Ontario squad, which had already advanced to Sunday's championship. Ontario finished the event 12-0.
"Overall, it was a pretty good week," added Fullerton. "Our goal was to be the top six, so we're pretty proud of that. It allows us to think that next year we can come back and do even better."
"One more game here or there (during the week) could have given us a tie breaker," she said. "We learned a lot from this experience . . . and we'll take a lot of that into our provincial playdowns next year and hopefully get back here and do even better."
A team from Northern Ontario advanced to the semi-final with a 9-3 record, and they will play a team to be determined after two tie breaker games Saturday. The winner of the semi-final plays the Homan foursome Sunday at 2:30 in a game televised by TSN.
On men's side of the championships, Manitoba awaits the winner of the semi-final between Ontario and Saskatchewan. The men's final will be played Sunday evening.

Organizations: Charlottetown Curling Club

Geographic location: Ontario, Quebec, Northern Ontario Manitoba Saskatchewan

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