FINALS: CIS/CCA curling championship: Regina women, Queen's men capture titles
Photo credit Uwe Welz
FINAL: 2010 CIS/CCA Women’s Curling Championships: Regina Claims Curling Title
Edmonton, AB – The University of Regina Cougars captured the top prize at the 2010 CIS/CCA Women’s Curling Championship with a thrilling triumph over the Saint Mary’s University Huskies. Brooklyn Lemon, the Regina skip, displayed nerves of steel as she drew the button in an extra end giving her team a 6-5 victory.
The Regina rink, which also features Chelsey Peterson at third, Ashley Green at second, Nicole Lang at lead, Sarah Watamanuk as alternate, and Jackie Downer as coach, trailed 4-2 after seven ends, but came up with a huge steal of two points in the 9th end, setting the stage for the extra end dramatics. The Cougars will compete as Team Canada at the 2011 FISU World Universiade in Erzurum, Turkey.
It was an impressive performance by the Regina team throughout the entire Championships as they finished the round-robin with a 4-1 record, good enough for 2nd place in their pool, with their only defeat coming at the hands of those very same Huskies who they beat in Sunday’s final.
It was another strong performance this year by the Saint Mary’s team, who also finished as the runner-up at the 2009 Championships. The Huskies squad, which features 1st team All-Canadian Marie Christianson at skip, Christina Black at third, Katie Thomas at second, Julia Williams at lead, and Kyle Reynolds as coach, finished first in their pool with a 4-1 mark.
The semi-finals took place on Saturday afternoon with Regina taking out Wilfrid Laurier 11-5 in eight ends, while Saint Mary’s defeated the University of Waterloo 8-5. Earlier in the day, Waterloo reached the semi-finals by beating the host University of Alberta, 9-6 in a tiebreaker. By virtue of reaching the semi-finals, the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks and the Waterloo Warriors earned the bronze medals.
FINAL: 2010 CIS/CCA Men’s Curling Championships: Golden Performance by Queen’s Rink
Edmonton, AB – The Queen’s University Gaels won their first curling title with a 7-6 victory over the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) Panthers in the final of the 2010 CIS/CCA Men’s Curling Championship. The Gaels will now represent Canada at the 2011 FISU World Universiade in Erzurum, Turkey.
Led by Jon Beuk, their 1st team All Canadian skip, the Gaels rink which also includes Andrew Inouye at third, Chadd Vandermade at second, Scott Chadwick at lead, Andrew Minty as alternate and Dick Henderson as coach, finished first in their pool with a 5-1 record. Their only blemish being a 4-3 loss to the UPEI rink, but the team from Queen’s avenged that loss with a win on Sunday. The Gaels never trailed in Sunday’s final which was in contrast to their gritty semi-final victory where they trailed 5-2 after seven ends and stole three points in the last two ends to advance to the final.
The team from UPEI was one of the pre-tournament favorites, as their skip Brett Gallant, third Adam Casey and second Anson Carmody were the 2009 Canadian junior champions and placed second that year at the World junior championships. The team, which also includes Alex MacFadyen at lead and Tristan Chisholm as coach, got off to a 1-2 start, but then rattled off three straight victories to qualify for the playoffs. It was a full day of curling on Saturday for the UEPI rink as they had their final round-robin game in the morning, followed by two tiebreakers (defeated the host University of Alberta 4-1; and then beat Western University 6-3) and then won the semifinal game 8-5 over Dalhousie University.
In the other semi-final on Saturday, the University of Manitoba Bisons saw their dream of a national championships end when their draw came up short in the 10th end, giving up a steal of one and a 6-5 victory to Queen’s. By reaching the semi-finals, both the Dalhousie Tigers and the Manitoba Bisons earned the bronze medals.
Alberta Sports Info