True sur­vivors

Lesser-known curlers show their met­tle with shot at ti­tle

Sunday Sports - - SPORTS - RICHARD MAUNTAH

WHITBY, Ont. — There will be a new, first-time On­tario women’s curl­ing cham­pion on Sun­day.

Three teams that aren’t house­hold names to the av­er­age curl­ing fan have sur­vived the triple-knock­out for­mat and Page play­offs and will bat­tle to wear the tril­lium at the na­tional Scot­ties Tour­na­ment of Hearts in Pen­tic­ton, B.C. later this month. And that’s a good sign.

Be­cause while other prov­inces may have a bet­ter rep­u­ta­tion for their depth of qual­ity in women’s curl­ing, the upsets that oc­curred this week at the Whitby Curl­ing Club proves that south­ern On­tario is quite com­pet­i­tive as well.

“There truly are so many good teams,” Danielle In­glis said. “And this week the un­derdogs are com­ing up and show­ing what On­tario is made of.”

With a field that in­cluded the likes of Jac­que­line Harrison, Al­li­son Flaxey, Julie Tip­pin, and Sherry Mid­daugh in the 12-team field, few would have guessed that In­glis, Cathy Auld, and Hol­lie Dun­can would be the last skips stand­ing.

In­glis and her team of third Jes­sica Cor­rado, sec­ond Stephanie Cor­rado, and lead Cas­san­dra de Groot ad­vanced to Sun­day af­ter­noon’s fi­nal with an 8-5 win over Auld in the Page 1-2 game on Satur­day.

Two ends made the dif­fer­ence for the team from the Dixie Curl­ing Club. In the sixth she sat two on ei­ther side of the house, ready to con­cede a sin­gle. But Auld’s fi­nal shot slid too far, re­sult­ing in a steal of two. In the ninth, In­glis made a dou­ble take­out to score two and take a three point lead com­ing home.

“I felt at the be­gin­ning of the game I haven’t been as sharp as I have been all week,” In­glis said. “But I was feel­ing good to­wards the end of the game, and I don’t think those girls re­ally missed.”

“We’re a com­pletely dif­fer­ent team than we have been all sea­son. We’re play­ing with a lot of con­fi­dence.”

In­glis, orig­i­nally of Whitby, is in her sec­ond provin­cials as a skip and fourth over­all.

Auld still has a chance for her first ti­tle in 18 On­tario cham­pi­onship ap­pear­ances. Her Lis­towel Curl­ing Club team of third Lori Eddy, sec­ond Katie Cot­trill, and lead Jenna Humphrey will play Dun­can in the semi­fi­nal on Sun­day morn­ing.

Dun­can scored a 5-4 win over Heather Hegges­tad in the Page 3-4 game, tak­ing the win­ning point in the 10th end by rub­bing her stone on the four-foot and hit­ting an op­pos­ing stone on the but­ton the few inches re­quired to stick for the win.

Ear­lier in the day, both Dun­can and Hegges­tad scored up­set wins. Dun­can beat 2017 fi­nal­ist Harrison 6-5, scor­ing two with last rock in the 10th. Dun­can and her team of third Stephanie LeDrew, sec­ond Ch­eryl Kre­vi­azuk, and lead Karen Sa­gle from the Royal Canadian Curl­ing Club lost their first two games but have been on a roll since Thurs­day.

“Hav­ing our back against the wall is a good thing,” Dun­can said. “We’ve tended to lose our first game at tour­na­ments. We start a lit­tle bit slow. So it isn’t some­thing we aren’t used to.”

Hegges­tad and her team of third Gin­ger Coyle, sec­ond Michelle Laid­law, and lead Lau­ren Harrison from the Oakville Curl­ing Club needed an ex­tra end to beat Grand Slam reg­u­lar and Olympic tri­als par­tic­i­pant Flaxey 7-6. Hegges­tad im­proved on the 2-5 record she posted in her pro­vin­cial de­but last year.

“Any­time you have an ex­pe­ri­ence at a provin­cials you al­ways learn some­thing,” she said.

“You take those lessons and you move for­ward with it.”

The semi-fi­nal be­gins at 9:30 a.m. with the fi­nal at 2:30 p.m.

PHOTO BY ROBERT WIL­SON

Cathy Auld of Lis­towel Curl­ing Club will take on Hol­lie Dun­can.

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