Junior sticks with it

KEN WIEBE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:20 AM ET

It would have been easy for Alyssa Vandepoele to hang her head and simply play out the string.

But on the pebble, sometimes patience and persistence pays off and yesterday was one of those days for Vandepoele.

After giving up a five-ender in the third and falling behind 8-2 to Shannon Birchard of Pembina after five ends, Vandepoele and her rink from Ste. Anne showed their resolve by rallying to earn a 10-9 victory at the junior women's berth bonspiel held at the Petersfield Curling Club.

Vandepoele gave up a three-ender but answered with one of her own in the sixth end to cut into the deficit, then cracked another three-ender in the eighth to make it 9-8.

She followed that up with steals of one in the ninth and 10th ends to secure an unlikely victory.

In the other semifinal, Breanne Meakin of Pembina defeated Meghan Armit of Stonewall 7-6.

With the victories, Vandepoele and Meakin nail down the two available spots in the junior women's provincial championship, Dec. 18 to 22 at the Charleswood Curling Club.

Meakin, who is skipping after playing lead for the Kaitlyn Lawes rink that captured the Canadian junior women's championship in Salmon Arm, B.C. in February, came up big in a back-and-forth affair that required an extra end.

Meakin scored deuces in the second, sixth and ninth ends to build a 6-4 lead but gave up two in the 10th before coming back with a single in the extra end to come out on top.

At the junior men's berth bonspiel in Portage, defending provincial junior champ Sam Good of Stonewall dropped an 8-5 decision to Alex Forrest of Deer Lodge in one of the semifinals.

In the other semi, Riley Smith of Pembina defeated Andrew McMillan of Wildewood 8-5.

The junior men's provincial championship goes Dec. 18 to 22 at Deer Lodge Curling Club.

At the men's northern berth bonspiel held at The Pas, Wayne Ewasko of The Heather defeated Kelly Robertson of Neepawa to punch his ticket to the Safeway Championship, Feb. 10-14, at the T.G. Smith Centre in Steinbach.

ken.wiebe@sunmedia.ca


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