Thump WCI in gold game while Glendale edges East Elgin boys on last rock
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
By Rob J. Ross
INGERSOLL, Ont. - All the Woodstock CI Red Devils could do was wave the white flag.
When the East Elgin Eagles scored five in the sixth end, WCI knew the game was over.
The Eagles undefeated in league action all season, handily iced Woodstock CI, 13-1 in six ends, giving them the Thames Valley Region Athletic (TVRA) South-East girls' curling title.
Now the Eagles advance to the Western Ontario Secondary School Athletic Association (WOSSAA) tournament, host by the London Curling Club, on Monday, March 6.
"We had a bit of a hard time getting the weight for the ice," said Eagles' skip Caitlyn Evely, of the early ends of the final. "Once we finally got that, it all pulled together. This ice is very fast. We weren't used to that. We had a bit of difficulty with that."
Leading 3-1 early in the final, played at the Ingersoll Curling Club, the Eagles scored three in the fourth end, two more in fifth, before finishing off WCI, with a five spot in the sixth end.
"It's been a lot of practice and the team working together. We've had a really fun time," Evely added. "It's a matter of knowing what we can all do and going in being very positive. Playing to what our team's strengths are."
Joining Evely, are Alanna McNicol, Nicole Mellur, Anna Harms and Hannah Silverthorn
The Lady Eagles were 9-0 during the regular season, followed by an 11-6 win over the Central Elgin Titans, in the TVRA South final, February 24, at the Aylmer Curling Club.
"I was hoping to at least get here (South-East final) because this is an improvement over last year," said Evely, recalling losing in the South final in 2016. "To make it this far, this is a lot fun."
The Eagles strengthened their game during a fourth place finish, advancing to the regional playdowns, for the Gore Mutual high school curling championship, competing over two weekends. This event, with its' inception in 1948, is the oldest competed for trophy in secondary school sports.
"We got a lot extra experience," said Evely. "It was nice too because we had a lot more team bonding time, just extra time to spend together."
Glendale edges Eagles' boys on last rock
East Elgin's boys' team was within inches of joining the Lady Eagles at WOSSAA.
The Eagles battled the Glendale Gemini, from Tillsonburg, right to the final rock of the eighth and final end, but it was the East champions pulling out a 10-9 win.
"That was definitely a good shot. I wasn't sure watching it come down the ice," Eagles skip Adam Walker said. "It was good battle to the end. That was one of the tightest games we've had in terms of score. They (Gemini) are our school's rivals. It's always between us."
It is the third consecutive meeting in the South-East final between East Elgin and Glendale.
"Every year we have made it to this stage and we've lost by blow-outs. To have it be this close in the last game was good. It was a nail biter," Walker said. "From we started off at the beginning of the year, we've come miles. Everybody has improved."
Walker, with team-mates Dalon Gagne-Edy, Owen Kerr and Brandon Blakley, thanked coaches Ed Wood, Jeff Vansevenant, Steve Jones, for all the time the trio committed to helping the Eagles improve.
"They're working with us, trying to make us better. The effort they put in definitely made us a better team."
East Elgin, 6-2 during the regular season beat Central Elgin in the TVRA South final. Glendale competed an undefeated season in TVRA action.
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