It was nothing personal; just business that Hailey Beaudry had to take care of.
Beaudry opened with a four-ender, then finished with a five-ender in a 16-2 rout of fellow Fort Frances skip Ashley Payne last night at the junior women’s provincial curling championships in Sioux Lookout.
With the win, Beaudry and her rink of third Nicole Hartlin, second Erin Tomalty, and co-leads Tory and Anika Beaudry sat tied for third with Camille Daly (Copper Cliff) heading into the final two round-robin draws today.
The second- and third-place teams after today will meet in tomorrow’s semi-final at 9 a.m., with the winner advancing to face the first-place finisher in the final at 1:30 p.m.
Beaudry is in the driver’s seat to grab one of the playoff berths due to a favourable schedule and a tie-breaker advantage.
She took on winless Cassidy Romyn of Sioux Lookout (0-5) this morning, then concludes the day with a 2:30 p.m. showdown with Tiana Gaudry of Thunder Bay (2-3).
Daly met Hayley Horton of Blind River (2-3) this morning in advance of the unenviable task of wrapping up against undefeated Megan Smith (5-0), who shared first place coming into today with fellow Sudbury skip Krysta Burns.
And with Beaudry having beaten Daly 8-5 in an extra end in the opening draw Saturday, the Fort rink will nab the semi-final berth if the two teams wind up with identical records.
Beaudry’s crew won both its games Saturday as they dumped Horton 11-2 in seven ends.
Life got much tougher yesterday, though, as Burns trounced the locals 12-3 in eight ends before Smith cruised to a 7-1 victory in six ends.
Payne (0-5) and her crew, including third Cloey Brigham of Atikokan and second Jillian Cousineau, lead Andrea Schram, and fifth Katrina Slomke of here, are tied with Romyn at the back of the pack.
The Grade 8 skip had no chance to ease into the event—losing a pair of six-enders Saturday to the two top teams so far as Smith prevailed 15-2 while Burns coasted to a 14-2 victory.
Yesterday was no better for Payne—losing 18-2 to Daly in seven ends and 13-1 in six ends to Horton before dropping the nightcap to Beaudry.
Payne hoped to finish strong today, facing Gaudry this morning and then wrapping up against Romyn this afternoon.
The winner heads to Stratford for the Canadian junior championships Jan. 23-31.