Neufeld squad repeats as jr. women's winner

TED WYMAN -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:10 AM ET

Cal Neufeld and her teammates are becoming old pros at this winning stuff.

"I don't know about that," Neufeld laughed after her La Salle foursome won the Manitoba Junior Women's Curling Championship yesterday with a 9-3 victory over Pembina's Kaitlyn Lawes at St. Vital.

"But it feels pretty good."

Neufeld, third Sabrina Neufeld, second Laryssa Grenkow and lead Lindsay Edie won their second consecutive junior women's title and will now represent Manitoba at the Canadian championship in Thunder Bay, Ont., Jan. 21-29.

The foursome went 5-7 last year at the nationals in Fredericton, N.B.

"Hopefully we are going to do better this time," said Neufeld, who went 6-1 in the provincial round robin and handily won a pair of playoff games over Lawes.

'SPEECHLESS'

"Now we know what to expect."

Although the victory was different from last year's because her team was the overwhelming favourite this time around, Neufeld said the rush you get from winning was familiar.

"It's the same feeling ... speechless," she said.

"Last year we didn't feel as much pressure as this year. We put a lot of pressure on ourselves."

Neufeld, who turned 20 this month, still has another year of junior eligibility, as do Sabrina Neufeld (no relation) and Grenkow.

The skip said the key to success this week was draw weight.

"If you have draw weight down it just puts you in the comfort zone," she said. "Today, getting points in the first couple of ends was very comforting, because we all had draw weight all week. We all curled great and consistently, and it worked out great."

Lawes went 7-0 in the round robin and hammered Brandon's Erin Mahoney 9-0 in yesterday's semifinal but had no luck against Neufeld, losing by scores of 7-3 in the Page playoff 1-vs.-1 game and 9-3 in the final.


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