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Swan River Hosts U18 Curling Provincials

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The Swan River Curling Club and CurlManitoba hosted the 2019 Asham U18 Provincial Championships at the Swan River Community Centre last weekend (March 7-10). Two local female teams and one local male team battled to represent Manitoba at the 2019 U18 National Championship at the Glen Allan Recreation Complex in Sherwood Park, Alta. from April 2-7.
In the men’s division, Team Williamson – a combined Swan River and Dauphin team – consisting of skip Karter Meyn, Carter Williamson throwing third stones, Luke Davidson as second, and Douglas Hay as the lead, were led by Coach Kent Meyn.
After dropping their first two games against Team Johnson and Team Loewen, Team Meyn went on to lose one more to Team Trinke by a score of 8-5 before concluding their tournament with two wins. A final score of 7-3 saw them the victors against Team Desauliniers. They then followed that up with a 6-5 win over Team Steski.
Their weekend record consisted of two wins and three loses.
“They had a slow start on the scoreboard for the first two games,” said host Chairperson Louise Watkins. “But, they bounced back getting stronger as a team throughout the weekend.”
In the women’s division, Team Meyn and Team Sagert represented the Valley.
Team Sagert – consisting of skip Presely Sagert, third Bryn Zamzow, Madison Sagert at second, while Eden Betcher threw the lead stones. The team, coached by Kelly Tibble – also finished the tournament with a record of of two wins and three loses.
After conceding to Team Gray-Withers, the team went on to beat Team Jackson by a score of 5-4, and Team Beaudry by a score of 4-3. They would drop their fourth game of the tournament to Team Bergman and would end their weekend with a tough loss to Team Hadway by a score of 5-4.
“Their final game against Team Hadway went to an extra end,” said Watkins. “They had a real solid performance over the weekend.”
The very young Team Meyn –consisting of Jessi Meyn throwing third stones while calling the game, Cloe Haluschak threw fourth stones, Matty Scales was second, along lead Laina Leadbeater. The team made their first major competitive event performance a memorable one. The team was coached by Jeffrey Leadbeater.
Team Meyn struggled to find their footing, conceding matches to Team Ehnes, Team Lukowich, Team Jensen, and Team Walter. Facing Team Kostna to finish up, Meyn losing by a final score of 6-5, the experience the girls gained was immeasurable.
“They built experience throughout the weekend with some good shots and good ends,” said Watkins. “Their final game against Team Kostna was tied up coming home and was a nail biting finish.”
Team Jensen would go on to defeat Team Walter by a score of 5-4 in the U18 Women’s Final. That gave Jensen back-to-back titles and who will now represent Manitoba on the national stage once again.
Team McDonald would defeat Team Loewen by a score of 9-2 in the U18 Men’s Final to punch their ticket to nationals.
“As Host Committee, the feedback was very positive,” said Watkins about the weekend as a whole. “Teams were extremely pleased with our facility, the ice, the food, and the organizing of the event. It is great to hear positive words of encouragement when your committee puts in so many hours to host an event.”

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Jakki Lumax
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