BURGESS GIRLS ARE N.S. CHAMPS. AGAIN

Truro Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - BY JOEY SMITH TRURO NEWS

A group of young, up­start girls stole the hearts of curl­ing fans in the Hubtown dur­ing a mem­o­rable Cin­derella run for one week in Oc­to­ber at the Rath-east­link Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

The Kait­lyn Jones-skipped ju­nior­aged team from Nova Sco­tia en­tered the Cana­dian Beef Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curl­ing Masters event on a spon­sor’s ex­emp­tion.

No one would have bat­ted an eye­lid had the four­some played their pre­lim­i­nary round games, then gra­ciously bowed out of the in­ter­na­tional event. Af­ter all, the ex­pe­ri­ence of just com­pet­ing on the big stage was the real prize, right?

Not so. In­stead, the 2018 world ju­nior champs flipped the script.

The Jones four­some, which in­cluded lo­cal cousins Kar­lee Burgess and Lind­sey Burgess, fash­ioned a 3-1 record in the round-robin – in­clud­ing a stun­ning 6-5 tri­umph over three-time na­tional cham­pion and world cham­pion Rachel Ho­man – to earn a play­off berth.

Their tour­na­ment came to an end af­ter a 7-3 loss to Chelsea Carey of Ed­mon­ton in a quar­ter-fi­nal game. How­ever, their suc­cess against seem­ingly long odds in their own back­yard gave curl­ing fans a glimpse of what can be ex­pected in years to come from the lit­tle team that could.

It was the sec­ond time Truro hosted the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curl­ing Masters, com­ing af­ter a suc­cess­ful event in 2015.

The tour­na­ment fea­tured the top 15 men’s and women’s teams on the planet com­pet­ing right here in Colch­ester County un­der the bright lights and in front of a na­tional tele­vi­sion au­di­ence.

The ex­po­sure al­lowed us to show­case our area as a whole and share our pas­sion for com­mu­nity and com­pe­ti­tion with the world.

FILE PHOTO

Lind­sey Burgess, left, of Truro and her cousin Kar­lee Burgess of Hilden were mem­bers of a Nova Sco­tia team that com­peted at the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curl­ing’s Cana­dian Beef Masters in Oc­to­ber.

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