The Ontario U18 Championships concluded yesterday at the Paris Curling Club. The 2019 champions are team Deschenes on the girl’s side, and team Niepage on the boy’s side. Both teams will now represent Ontario at the U18 national championships in Sherwood Park, Alberta, April 2nd-7th.

Team Deschenes wrapped up the round robin with a perfect 7-0 record and claimed the first spot in the girl’s final. Team Steele finished 2nd after round robin with a 5-2 record, which placed them in the semi-final. Teams S.Johnston, C.Johnston and Vivier tied for 3rd with 4-3 records, necessitating the need for a tie-breaker. Rounding out the girl’s field were teams Kropf, Zemmelink, and Belliveau. The tie-breaker saw a battle of the Johnstons end in favour of team S.Johnston, by a tight 8-7 score. In the semi-final team Steele edged team S.Johnston by a 5-2 score. The top 2 round robin teams met in the final, with team Deschenes emerging victorious in a tight 7-6 contest.

The boy’s round robin saw teams Niepage and Leung finish with 5-2 records, with Niepage advancing to the final and Leung the semi-final. Teams Goves and McNamara went 4-3 in round robin and advanced to a tie-breaker against each other. Rounding out the boy’s side were teams Inglis, Rooney, Jones, and Massey. The boy’s tie-breaker saw team Goves moving on after a 7-4 win over team McNamara. In the semi-final, a tight 6-5 battle ended in favour of team Leung. The boy’s final saw the top 2 round robin teams matching up, with a 5-3 linescore going the way of team Niepage.

Congratulations to the 2019 U18 Provincial Champions, teams Deschenes and Niepage! Best of luck to both teams at the Canadian Championships next month.