TVRA South-East girls champs lose bronze medal, 9-8, to London CCH
Tuesday, March 7, 2018
By Rob J. Ross
AYLMER, ON. - The Central Elgin Lady Titans finished fourth at WOSSAA curling, losing in an extra end to the London CCH Crusaders, in the bronze medal game.
The Titans led 8-3 after four ends, but the Crusaders, scored two in the sixth, one in the seventh, before stealing two points to tie, in the eighth end.
"It got away from us. We had a couple errors that gave them (CCH) opportunities," Titans' skip Naomi Addley said. "They (CCH) played really hard and didn't give up when they were down. They earned it. It was a close game. I'm happy with how we played."
Earlier in the semifinals, Listowel District beat Central Elgin.
The Medway Cowboys, from Arva, won the girls and boys' WOSSAA titles, to advance at OFSAA, in Fort Frances, March 20-22. Both finals came down to the final rock. Medway beat Listowel, 8-6, in the girls' gold game, and Tillsonburg Glendale, 6-4, in the boys' final. In the boys' bronze game, London John Paul II edged Exeter South Huron, 9-8, in an extra end. High school games are eight ends for regulation play.
In the Thames Valley Regional Athletics playoffs, the Titans won the South-East championship, defeating Woodstock Huron Park, 11-0, in the final, after upending the East Elgin Eagles, last year's champions, 10-2, in the semifinals.
"It was something we didn't expect," said Addley. "We improved a lot throughout the year. East was definitely who we knew we were going to be facing (in the playoffs), because they do well every year. We worked on communicating a lot throughout that game. We played very well."
The Titans, a first year team with Addley, second Olivia Stewart, vice Veronica Van Broekhoven, all in grade 11, Jessica Hough in grade 10 and freshman Zara Fehr, finished third (4-2) for the regular season, behind East Elgin (6-0) and Woodstock CI (5-1). Addley, Stewart and Van Broekhoven, each have a few years of curling experience, while it was the first season for Fehr and Hough.
"We are really proud of how they've (Fehr, Hough) done throughout season," said Addley. "Definitely strategy improved for our team, what shots we were going to throw and when. We had more of a game plan than doing it shot by shot. Individual throwing improved as well. At first people were having trouble with the weight, but we got a better handle on that throughout the season."
The Titans aim to return to WOSSAA next year and make the improvements to challenge for an OFSAA berth.