January 31, 2011
Meakin still freakin' about Cathy O's win
By TODD SAELHOF, QMI Agency
CALGARY — Breanne Meakin was met with a handful of hugs when she came off the ice after a key win at the 2011 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors.
Big victory? Sure. It moved her up in the junior women’s standings in pursuit of the under-20 national curling crown.
But worthy of so much fanfare?
“I did get good news before the game,” said the 20-year-old skip of the Manitoba women’s entry at the junior nationals.
She learned late Sunday of Cathy Overton-Clapham’s provincial victory, sending her to the 2011 Scott Tournament of Hearts later this month.
Meakin was the regular third for Overton-Clapham’s rink but was unable to make provincials because of her commitment as skip of the St. Vital Curling Club’s squad at these junior nationals.
“I was freaking out in practice,” said Meakin after getting word via phone of the rink’s Manitoba playdown victory. “I’m very excited and proud of Cathy, Karen (Fallis), Leslie (Wilson) and Raunora (Westcott).
“I couldn’t be happier.”
Better still would be an invite to join the team — as a fifth — for the Scotties, Feb. 19-27 in Charlottetown, P.E.I.
Since Meakin made the decision to skip at the Canadian Juniors, Fallis took over at third for Overton-Clapham during the provincials and will remain with the Manitoba women’s champions for the Scotties.
If skip Overton-Clapham asks her to be the alternate, Meakin will say, “Yes” — unless it conflicts with preparation for taking the Manitoba under-20s to the world junior championships, March 5-13 in Perth, Scotland.
But, of course, Meakin, third Briane Meilleur, second Erika Sigurdson and lead Krysten Karwacki have to win the Canadian Juniors here first.
“We haven’t talked about it quite yet,” said Meakin of making a decision with Overton-Clapham. “Yes I would love to go to the Scotties. But my first commitment would be to the juniors. Obviously, I’d love the opportunity to do both, but I’m playing more of a crucial role with the juniors.”
Certainly as skip, Meakin is trying to lead her team back from a slow start at the national junior event.
And two wins Monday, including a 7-6 edge of previously unbeaten Saskatchewan, skipped by Saskatoon’s Trish Paulsen, certainly did the trick. It capped a three-win string that included a 10-4 afternoon victory Monday over Nova Scotia’s Lindsay Doucet.
Meakin’s record is now 4-3 — three wins back of unbeaten Alberta (7-0) — in the 12-game round-robin schedule.
“We need to play our game and just take it one game at a time,” said Meakin.
Meanwhile, Sam Good and his Stonewall Curling Club rink twice Monday to fall to 2-5 in junior men’s action. They lost 8-7 in the afternoon to Nova Scotia’s Kendal Thompson and became the latest victim — in an 8-7 game — to Braeden Moskowy and his undefeated Saskatchewan squad in evening play.
EXTRA ENDS: After spending the night in hospital when he collapsed on the ice, P.E.I. second Eric Pidgeon was back at the rink Monday. He didn’t play, but after going through a series of tests and recovering from issues stemming from fatigue and altitude for a day, he is expected to be back in action Tuesday.