The Lauren Ferguson and Tyler Smith rinks swept their way to the Pepsi provincial junior curling championships at the Charlottetown Curling Complex on Sunday morning.
Ferguson and Smith both won their respective C section finals to sweep all three sections to claim the titles while going undefeated. If a team won all three sections – A, B and C – they were declared champions, resulting in no championship round.
The Ferguson and Smith rinks will now represent P.E.I. in the 2019 New Holland Canadian junior men’s and women’s curling championships in Prince Albert, Sask., from Jan. 19 to 27. The Ferguson rink curls out of the Cornwall Curling Club while the Smith squad is based out of the Charlottetown Curling Complex.
Ferguson, third stone Katie Shaw, second stone Alexis Burris and lead Lexie Murray held on to edge clubmate Annika Kelly’s rink 8-7 in the title-clinching win. David Murphy is the coach of the Ferguson rink.
Smith and his Charlottetown Curling Complex team of third stone Ryan Abraham, second stone Alex MacFadyen and lead Ryan Lowery defeated Chase MacMillan of the host club 8-3 to win the junior men’s crown. Robbie Doherty is the coach of Team Smith.
A four-ender in the fourth end that gave Ferguson a 5-1 lead proved to be a key point in the women’s final. Ferguson would steal a deuce in the fifth end to go into the break up 7-1. However, Kelly kept chipping away at Ferguson’s lead, and a three-ender in the ninth with hammer and a steal of one in the 10th made things close.
MacMillan led 1-0 after the first three ends of the boys’ final game, but back-to-back three-enders and a single point gave Smith a 7-1 lead he would not relinquish.
In the B section finals on Saturday, Smith scored a pair of three-enders in a 10-2 victory over MacMillan, and Ferguson outlasted the Rachel MacLean rink of Cornwall 10-6.
In the A finals on Friday, Ferguson stole four in the eighth end en route to a 7-4 win over MacLean while Smith counted three deuces in an 8-1 decision over Brayden Snow of the Silver Fox in Summerside.
The sportsmanship and coaching awards were handed out at the closing ceremonies, with MacLean, and Cruz Pineau from the Snow team winning the sportsmanship awards.
Murphy and Shelley MacFadyen, coach of Team Snow, took the coaching honours.