February 2, 2011
Meakin controls own destiny
By RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency
CALGARY — Breanne Meakin came off the ice following the afternoon draw and was given the update.
The Manitoba skip at the Canadian Juniors curling championship had moved into sole possession of third place in the round-robin thanks to her 6-4 victory over the Northwest Territories Wednesday at Calgary’s Glencoe Club.
Well, that win combined with losses by both British Columbia and Ontario at the North Hill Curling Club during the afternoon action.
“It’s good news, but we’ve still got a long way to go,” Meakin said. “I just need to focus on those games for now.
“To have third on your own is a good feeling. At the same time, in the back of my mind, the thought of having more games over-rides that feeling.”
Call it women’s intuition, because Meakin fell back into the pack tied for third spot after losing 8-7 in an extra end to Prince Edward Island’s Sarah Fullerton in the evening draw.
Her rink of third Briane Meilleur, second Erika Sigurdson and lead Krysten Karwacki is in a three-way tie with New Brunswick and British Columbia heading into the final day of the round-robin action.
Meakin had the hammer and needed to draw to the four-foot for the win against P.E.I., but came up short with her final stone.
Still, the Manitoba crew from the St. Vital Curling Club is in control of its destiny, which is a big accomplishment after losing three of its first four games in what was admittedly a tough schedule off the hop.
“We played five games in a day and a half, and that was tough for us,” Meakin said. “With losses so close together, it was a little discouraging because you felt like you couldn’t take a break and come back.
“But we ended up getting in a roll. Every win we have is building our confidence. It feels good.”
The Manitoba crew concludes the round-robin Thursday with games against Yukon and B.C.
Alberta’s Nadine Chyz is atop the women’s standings with a perfect 10-0 mark and needs just one victory in the final two draws to advance directly to Saturday night’s final.
Saskatchewan’s Trish Paulsen is alone in second at 8-2, and needs one win to make the semifinal. The Saskatchewan crew still has a shot at finishing first, but appears destined to finish second and will face whatever team finishes third, either by the round-robin or a playoff in the semifinal.
Paulsen’s rink from Regina regrouped from a couple of losses earlier in the week with decisive wins Wednesday over Newfoundland (9-2) and Nova Scotia (10-2) to give them eight wins and two losses.
“Little bumps in the road. They were tight games. We played Manitoba to an extra end and B.C. came down to a last rock,” Paulsen said. “That happens and you’ve just got to bounce back. We did that.
“I think we’re back on track.”
Paulsen will face Chyz to conclude the round-robin.
“They’re going to go hard because Alberta wants to finish first in the round-robin, try and go 12-0, and we want to knock them down one,” Paulsen said. “We’re hoping to play our best.”
Manitoba’s men’s rink of skip Sam Good, third Riley Smith, second Taylor McIntryre and lead Dillon Bednarek from the Stonewall Curling Club beat the Northwest Territories 6-4 in the afternoon draw and then lost 8-5 to P.E.I. in the evening draw to fall to 4-6.
Saskatchewan’s Braeden Moskowy is atop the men standings at 10-0.