Sutherland, Purdy skip rinks to provincial junior titles
GUELPH – The Rideau Curling Club rink skipepd by Sierra Sutherland and the Cataraqui Golf & Country Club rink skipped by Owen Purdy captured Pepsi provincial junior curling championships Sunday at the Guelph Curling Club.
Sutherland held on for the junior women’s title with a 9-8 victory over Emily Deschenes of Manotick Curling Centre. Sutherland led 4-0 after the second end and 9-4 after the seventh end.
Purdy scored one in the 10th end to edge Jordan McNamara of RCN (Navy) Curling Club 8-7 in the junior men’s final. Purdy trailed 5-4 after the seventh end. After the first two ends were blanked, Purdy led 4-0 after the fourth end before McNamara rallied to take the lead.
In the women’s semifinal, Deschenes doubled Madelyn Warriner of Listowel Curling Club 8-4.
Warriner 6-4 had defeated Rachel Steele of Port Perry Community Curling Club 6-4 in a women’s tiebreaker with single points in ninth and 10th ends. Warriner trailed 2-0 after the second end and 3-1 after the fifth end.
Sutherland had finished the round robin in first place at 5-2 while Deschenes, Steele and Warriner each had 4-3 records. Tied at 3-4 were Kayla Gray of Perth Curling Club, Isabelle Ladouceur of Kitchener-Waterloo Granite Club and Mackenzie Kiemele of Elora Curling Club. Lindsay Thorne of Rideau Curling Club finished at 2-5.
In the men’s semifinal, McNamara scored two in the 10th end for a 7-6 win over Sam Moibroek of Galt Country Club.
Purdy and McNamara tied atop the standings following the round robin with 6-1 marks while Moibroek was third at 5-2. Landon Rooney of Alexandria Curling Club finished at 4-3 and was followed by Brady Lumley of Welland Curling Club at 3-4, Nicholas Bissonnette of Coldwater & District Curling Club and Ryan Hahn of St. Catharines Golf & Country Club at 2-5 and Kai Collins of Rideau Curling Club at 0-7.
The provincial champs advance to the national junior championship tournament Jan. 18 to 26 at Langley, B.C.
Champions of the national tournament are to move on to the world junior championship tournament at Krasnoyarsk, Russia, Feb. 15 to 22.
- Guelph Sports Journal