Will power 'saved us'

JOE PAVIA, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:40 AM ET

OTTAWA - Winning the men's Ontario Pepsi Juniors in Sarnia was a laugher.

By the fifth-end break, Mat Camm's Ottawa rink was not only down 4-1, but let its opponent steal singles in the fourth and fifth.

"I wasn't having very positive thoughts," recalled lead Andrew Hamilton.

It was both Hamilton's and Camm's fourth consecutive provincial junior final. Would it be their fourth straight loss?

Their coach -- Will Hamilton, no relation -- came out, but didn't talk about the game.

"We knew what we had to do," said Andrew Hamilton. "Will saved us. All he did was tell us a funny story and loosened us up."

Some story! The Ottawa Curling Club foursome rattled off a sixth-end deuce, stole a single, stole a deuce and eventually beat Michael Bryson's Annandale rink 7-5.

Hamilton is hopeful about the nationals.

"Only one junior team has beaten us this year and it was Joey Witherspoon (from Winnipeg), who beat us twice in the Junior Superspiel," Hamilton said.

Witherspoon lost the Manitoba junior semi-final Monday morning.

In the Ontario women's junior final, two Ottawa sisters, Lynn and Cheryl Kreviazuk, faced each other as lead for Kitchener rinks -- Clancy Grandy (Lynn) and Jasmin Thurston (Cheryl). It was Lynn's third consecutive Ontario final. She won two with Rachel Homan, but had to settle for silver at worlds.

The junior final went to an extra end, in which Thurston threw her last shot heavy. Grandy didn't have to throw her last for the 6-5 win.

"We have a bit of unfinished business at the worlds, but first we want to represent Ontario well," said Lynn Kreviazuk.

What was it like playing against her sister?

"You try to treat her like any other competitor, but in the end it was a bittersweet victory," she said

As Sarnia is their parents' home-town, "It was a family reunion. But it was weird. My family would hug me and wish me luck, then do the same to Cheryl, my competitor."

Mom Janice said: "It was a tough one to watch. One was going to be happy and one was going to be sad. I'm glad that they both made it, though."

REGIONAL PLAYDOWNS

In Dominion Tankard men's play, those who will challenge five-time defending champion Glenn Howard in Grimsby are Greg Balsdon, Chris Gardner, John Epping, Peter Corner, Dale Matchett, Mark Bice, Mark Kean and Nick Rizzo. On the women's side, those advancing to Ontario Scotties in Thornhill are Lisa Farnell, Rachel Homan, Alison Goring and Marika Bakewell. Four Northern Ontario teams and two challenge round rinks will complete the field.

OCA RESULTS

In the Best Western Challenge, those provincial-bound are: 1A -- Sandra Kirk, B -- Ruth Buckland; 2A -- Kathy Fyke, B -- Patsy Mitchell; 3A -- Kelly McKenna, B -- Barbara Westgarth; 4A -- Sheryl French, B -- Mary Stewart-Ross. The men advancing to provincials in the Fairfield Marriott Challenge are: 1A -- Billy Woods, B -- Jean-Paul Nadeau; 2A -- Jeff Clark, B -- Jack Buttery; 3A -- Albert Cole, B -- Doug Cochrane; 4A -- Scott Shaw, B -- Scott Kerr.

CONTINENTAL CUP

North America takes on the world starting Thursday in St. Albert, Alta. North American teams are Kevin Martin, Kevin Koe, Pete Fenson, Cheryl Bernard, Jennifer Jones and Erica Brown. The world is sending David Murdoch (skipping a mixed nationality team), Niklas Edin (Sweden), Thomas Ulsrud (Norway), Mirjam Ott (Switzerland), Andrea Schopp (Germany) and Bingju Wang (China). TSN has coverage starting at 10:30 a.m.


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