With 2019 winding down, so did the Ontario U21 Championships on Monday at the Guelph Curling Club. When the dust settled 2 new team Ontarios were revealed, with teams Purdy and Sutherland being the latest Ontario junior curling champions.
Team Purdy finished round robin with a 6-1 record, which placed them tied for 1st with team McNamara. In Purdy’s last round robin game they beat McNamara, which earned them a birth straight to the men’s final. The men’s semi-final saw McNamara (6-1) take two in the 10th end to win a tight game 7-6 over team Mooibroek (5-2). The men’s final entered the 10th end tied at 7, before team Purdy made a beauty with hammer to win the game and earn the provincial title.
Team Sutherland finished round robin 5-2, placing them first and claiming a spot in the women’s final. Teams Deschenes, Steele, and Warriner all tied at 4-3, after a final round robin draw with many win and you’re in games. The women’s tiebreaker saw Warriner get the upper-hand on Steele by a 6-4 score. In the semi-final, team Deschenes emerged victorious, winning 8-4 over team Warriner. The women’s final saw team Sutherland jump out to a 4-0 lead, before getting up 9-4 after 7 ends. Two key steals of 2 in the 2nd and 7th would pace team Sutherland to a 9-8 win, earning them the provincial title.
Best of luck at Nationals in Langley, British Columbia to:
Team Purdy: skip Owen Purdy, vice Josh Leung, second Nathan Steele, lead Colin Schnurr, coach John Sawchuk
Team Sutherland: skip Sierra Sutherland, vice Adrienne Belliveau, second Chelsea Ferrier, lead Julie Breton, alternate McKenna McGovern, coach Beth Calwell