Young guns highlights RCMP Open

JOE PAVIA, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:33 AM ET

In the final of the RCMP Open on Sunday, second-year women's skip Katie Morrissey went head to head with the junior team skipped by Jamie Sinclair and what a battle it was. Just when the spectators thought someone would walk away with it, the other team struck back.

Typical was the battle of the four-foot in the sixth end. When it was time for skip's rocks, a wall of both colour rocks guarded the button. Both the young sharpshooters angle-raised stones to sit respective shot. All that was left to the hammer-throwing Morrissey was an angle-raise double tap that worked for one and broke the 4-4 tie.

Not to be outdone, the A-side winner Sinclair (she defeated Morrissey), with three years of juniors left, took advantage of a short Morrissey draw in the seventh to angle-raise her own rock and score three to lead 7-5.

"I think we came on really strong," said Morrissey, "and they picked it up partway through and so it was just a change of momentum so we picked up on it and they picked it up so that's why it went back an forth."

The last end got tricky because of some misses -- one by Sinclair's third Sara Westman and the first skip rock by Morrissey, who then stuck a hit to score a deuce and send the final into an extra end.

Sinclair kept it clean -- even electing to double her own stones out. Morrissey had to nibble the button to sit shot buried, but she wrecked on a guard allowing Sinclair (with Westman, Rachel Vink and Tess Bobbie) to score two for a 9-7 victory and $3,000. The losing rink won $1,600.

"It was the seventh end that was the turning point," said Sinclair, "but the whole game made your heart stop." This was the first time in the event's history that a junior team took the top prize.

While the women's final sizzled the men's final fizzled.

Quebec City's Martin Ferland took on Chris Gardner's Ottawa/Peterborough team in a matchup that had more promise than performance. Lasting only five ends (three of which were blanked), the Ferland team defeated the struggling skip, when Gardner missed an angle hit for three in the fifth end. With the score 6-0, the Ontario men shook hands and left with $2,000. Ferland got $3,200.

CURLING THIS WEEK

The Bantam Juvenile Competitive League begins Thursday at City View. Eight rinks from around the region are competing as this area continues to develop youth talent.

joe@hoglinecurling.com


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