'Toba junior women stay alive

KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:31 AM ET

Calleen Neufeld needed two wins yesterday to stay alive at the Canadian junior women's curling championship in St. Catharines, Ont.

That much she accomplished, but there is still much work to be done.

Neufeld's St. Vital foursome will meet Saskatchewan's Hailey Surik in a tie-breaker this afternoon for the right to play in tonight's semifinal against B.C.'s Dailene Sivertson.

The semifinal winner will meet Newfoundland's Stacie Devereaux, who finished first in the round-robin with an 11-1 mark, in Sunday's final.

Manitoba, Saskatchewan and B.C. all tied for second with 8-4 records in the round-robin, but B.C. secured second because it beat both Manitoba and Saskatchewan during the week.

Neufeld, who is supported by Sabrina Neufeld, Laryssa Grenkow and Breanne Meakin, thumped Northern Ontario 8-2 yesterday afternoon and then scored one in the 10th last night to edge Nova Scotia 6-5 and stay alive.

"It was pretty exciting," Neufeld said after last night's game. "Going out there and being tied coming home, it was nerve-wracking."

Manitoba's Andrew Irving was eliminated from junior men's playoff contention on Wednesday night, but he finished strong yesterday.

He beat Northern Ontario 7-4 in the afternoon and then edged Nova Scotia 6-5 last night to finish with a 7-5 record, just two games out of a playoff spot.

Alberta finished first and will meet the winner of tonight's semifinal between Quebec and P.E.I.


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