Elora women’s rink splits opening-day matches at U21 provincials

GUELPH – The Elora Curling Club rink skipped by Mackenzie Kiemele split its games Friday on the opening day of the Ontario Under-21 championships at the Guelph Curling Club.

In the U21 women’s championship, the Kiemele rink dropped the Lindsay Thorne rink of the Rideau Curling Club 12-1 in the afternoon draw before being edged 7-5 by the Sierra Sutherland rink, also from the Rideau Curling Club, in the evening draw.

The Elora rink cruised to the win in the afternoon draw as they were up 7-0 after the fourth end. Team Thorne scored a point in the fifth end before Team Kiemele responded with a point in the sixth and ended it with four in the seventh.

In the evening draw, Team Kiemele never led after scoring one in the first end. Team Sutherland responded with two in the second to go ahead for good. The teams traded points through the next four ends with Team Sutherland up 4-3 after six ends. They stretched that lead with two in the seventh before Kiemele came back with single points in the eighth and ninth ends.

After the opening day of play, the Elora rink is in a six-way tie for second in the eight-team tournament. Madelyn Warriner’s rink from the Listowel Curling Club leads at 2-0 while Rachel Steele’s rink from the Port Perry Community Curling Club trails at 0-2.

Tied with Kiemele and the two Rideau rinks at 1-1 are the Kayla Gray rink from the Perth Curling Club, Team Ladouceur from the Kitchener-Waterloo Granite Club and the Emily Deschenes rink from the Manotick Curling Centre.

Saturday, the Elora rink is to play Team Warriner in the 10 a.m. draw, Team Ladouceur in the 3 p.m. draw and Team Gray in the 8 p.m. draw.

Sunday, Kiemele is to play Team Steele in the 10 a.m. draw and Team Deschenes in the 3 p.m. draw.

In the U21 men’s championship, the Jordan McNamara rink of the RCN (Navy) Curling Club and the Sam Mooibroek rink of the Galt Country Club are tied for the lead at 2-0 after the first day.

Tied for third at 1-1 are the Owen Purdy rink of the Cataraqui Golf and Country Club, Nicholas Bissonnette rink of the Coldwater and District Curling Club, Brady Lumley rink of the Welland Curling Club and Ryan Hahn rink of the St. Catharines Golf and Country Club.

The Kai Collins rink of the Rideau Curling Club and Landan Rooney rink of the Alexandria Curling Club are tied at 0-2.

The championships are to wrap up Sunday.


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