February 3, 2011
Meakin cruises to win against B.C.
By RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency
CALGARY — The start was almost too good to be true for Breanne Meakin’s Manitoba rink in the big showdown.
A head-to-head game against British Columbia Thursday night was not only the final match of the round-robin for Meakin’s rink at the M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors curling championships in Calgary, but a winner-take-all clash for third place and a berth in the semifinal.
Meakin scored three in the first end and cruised to a 7-3 win at the North Hill Curling Club.
“It’s actually hard, especially after the first end, to play nine clean ends,” Meakin said. “Being up three later in the game is definitely easier.
“But we kept it clean most of the way and it worked out.”
Meakin will face Saskatchewan’s Trish Paulsen in Saturday morning’s semifinal. The winner will face Alberta’s Nadine Chyz in the evening final.
Meakin’s rink of third Briane Meilleur, second Erika Sigurdson and lead Krysten Karwacki from the St. Vital Curling Club started the event slowly with one win in the first four games, but rattled off victories in seven of eight from that point onward.
“We can feel the momentum, for sure, and are confident,” Meakin said. “We still stayed hopeful. “Of course, it was to our disadvantage, but if we played the game that we knew we could play — which we did — we’d come out on top.”
Manitoba beat Yukon 9-4 in the afternoon to ensure the showdown with B.C.’s Dailene Sivertson.
The evening game was practically over when Meakin threw a perfect draw to make it 3-0 after the first end.
“It’s a boost, but you don’t want to take it easy after that,” Meilleur said. “Anyone can come back from down three. We’ve done it before, everyone’s done it before. You don’t want to let your guard down.”
Meakin’s rink did play more defensively, but it was never in doubt. When they stole two in the eighth to make it 7-2, it was all over.
Chyz, from Calgary, finished the round-robin at 11-1, which concluded with a 9-3 win over Paulsen (9-3).
Meakin beat Paulsen during the round-robin, an extra-end game which was the Saskatchewan’s rink first loss, so the ’Tobans are confident.
“I think we’re playing really well and have a shot,” Meilluer said. “They are good teams, but we’ll have to play our best.”
Manitoba’s men’s rink of skip Sam Good, third Riley Smith, second Taylor McIntyre and lead Dillon Bednarek from the Stonewall Curling Club beat Yukon 9-4 in the afternoon draw and B.C. 7-4 in the evening to finish 6-6.
Saskatchewan’s Braeden Moskowy finished atop the standings with a perfect 12-0 record and advanced to the final. Ontario’s Mat Camm is second.