In draw four at the 2012 TimBits Provincial Curling Championships both Elmira rinks saw play with their third game in their respective pools, with both teams struggling against talented sides. Here’s the recap:
St. Teresa of Avila, Elmira
The third game had St. Teresa, skipped again by Veronica Bernard with Morgan Glofcheskie at lead, Natalie Bean at second, Luke DeCorte at third, and Ryan Bauman as the alternate, facing a tough hometown side from McDougall Public School from Parry Sound.
The first end saw lots of rocks in play with the superb ice conditions at the Bobby Orr Community Center with St. Teresa at one point lying four, and stealing two when McDougall skip Matt Mayede’s final stone rolled out of play. The next two ends were close with McDougall tying the score at 2-2 after three with a steal of a single point. After that, the Elmira foursome struggled to find draw weight, giving up a huge steal of four in the 4th end of play. McDougall continued with some excellent shot-making in the final two ends to make the final 11-2, handing St. Teresa their third straight loss.
MacGregor Senior Public School, Waterloo
While St. Teresa were struggling on sheet 7 at the Bobby Orr Community Center, things weren’t any better on sheet 10 as the MacGregor PS foursome of lead Oskar von Wahl, second Ryan Paulley, skip Andrew Paulley (throwing third stones) and fourth Jed Currie fell 11-0 to a talented and undefeated side from Hyland Heights Elementary School skipped by Courtney Holmes and coached by Carey Holmes out of the Shelburne Curling Club in Shelburne.
In this game the Waterloo rink suffered their worst defeat of the season, struggling with both ice-reading and draw weight and the game was essentially over after the third end of play with the rink from Shelburne up 6-0 with three consecutive steals. The win guarantees Shelburne first place in pool “M” and knocks MacGregor out of playoff contention. With the loss, the Elmira foursome hopes to rebound this afternoon and improve their current 2-1 record when they play Victory PS from Parry Sound in the last round-robin draw of the tournament.