The Nova Scotia junior women’s curling team exceeded all expectations at the Canadian Junior Curling Championships in Liverpool, but a loss in the semifinals to B.C. left them in third place.
Skip Mary Fay of Chester, third Jennifer Smith of Berwick, second Karlee Burgess and lead Janique LeBlanc punched their ticket to the semifinals with a 9-5 victory over Quebec in the Jan. 24 draw. Team Fay improved to 8-2 with the win.
The semifinal was a hard-played battle, with Nova Scotia and B.C. tied going into an extra end. At the end of the day, B.C. scored four in the 11th for an 8-4 win.
An enthusiastic crowd gave the Fay team a standing ovation.
B.C. will now go on to play Alberta in the final this afternoon at 4 p.m.
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"It's been wonderful, a really phenomenal experience," Jennifer Smith said by phone Jan. 24. "To compete at this level and make the playoffs at (age) 15 is amazing."
Asked if there had been highlights from the week, Smith replied, "the whole week has been one big highlight. With the team we have, we figured we'd be competitive, but we didn't ever expect we'd do this well.”
Smith was philosophical about the team’s chances to win.
"Hopefully that happens, but if not, we're still young, and we should have lots more chances."
The news wasn’t quite as good for the Nova Scotia men’s team of skip Robert Mayhew, third Michael Brophy, lead Ben Creaser (all Acadia students) and second Matt Jackson, representing the Windsor Curling Club.
Though they failed to advance to the semifinals, Team Mayhew did win their final game in the championship round 6-3 over Saskatchewan, and finished the tournament with a record of six wins and four losses.
When the awards were handed out, Brophy was named third for the men’s first team in recognition of his 80 per cent shooting percentage during the round robin.