Parkside beats Central Elgin, 7-5, in the TVRA South-East girls' curling final
Thursday, February 28, 2019
By Rob J. Ross
ST. THOMAS - It took three attempts but the Parkside Stampeders finally beat the Central Elgin Titans and it came in the championship game.
Parkside captured the Thames Valley Regional Athletics (TVRA) South-East girls' curling title, defeating Central Elgin, 7-5, in the final, at the St. Thomas Curling Club.
The Stampeders had lost to the Titans during regular season action and the 1-2 page game.
During the final the Stampeders had an early 4-0 lead disappear and then relied a three point score in the seventh end to regain momentum.
"Third time's a charm," Parkside skip Charlotte Johnston said. "We've been up on them before and lost it, so it was nerve-wracking after the fourth end because they stole three. We kept it together, kept our heads in the game and came out on top."
The Stampeders' team of Johnston and Allison Young, both in Grade nine and Grade 12 students Felicia Fernades and Audrey Moore, now head to WOSSAA, at the Vanastra Curling Club, south of Clinton, March 5th.
Parkside, Central Elgin, the 2018 South-East champions and East Elgin Eagles, who won in 2017, all shared best record for the regular season, at 5-1. Parkside beat East Elgin, but lost to Central Elgin, who defeated East Elgin.
The Titans and Stampeders placed one-two based on tie-breakers.
In the one-two game, the Titans edged the Stampeders, 7-6, to advance to the final. The Eagles dumped Woodstock Huron Park, 7-2, in the three-four game.
In the semi-final, Parkside got by East Elgin, 10-8.
On the boys' side, Tillsonburg Glendale Gemini won a fourth consecutive South-East crown, beating East Elgin for a third year in a row, this time, 9-5, despite playing a man short.
"This one was close. The score doesn't look like it but it was tight," Glendale skip Jayden King said. "The turning point was definitely the steal of four in the first end. We had to hold the lead the whole game. They (Eagles) were looking good in five, but we made a good one (shot) and got out of it with a single."
King, with vice Liam Fletcher and Ben Peever, were without teammate Tyler Sinden, who missed the semfinal and final due to sickness.
"We were struggling a little bit with draw weight and hitting got a little difficult, so we had to fight through that," said King. "We played consistent all the way through, so I'm happy with the guys. Probably the best game we've played all year."
But they want Sinden for WOSSAA.
"Even if he's still sick, we're going to drag him with us," joked Fletcher. "He's coming with us."
Glendale and East Elgin tied with 6-1 records, in the regular season, but the Gemini placed first, thanks to their 9-3 win over the Eagles.
However, the Eagles shutout the Glendale, 7-0, in the one-two game.
Glendale regrouped to thump Central Elgin, 12-2, avenging their lone regular season loss.