Monday, December 22, 2014

Muskie girls’ rink used to pressure

If anything causes Hailey Beaudry’s rink to blink, it won’t be the heat of the moment.
The Muskie girls’ skip is leading a battle-tested group into the OFSAA championships March 19-22 in Brampton.

And that could turn out to be a significant advantage for Beaudry and her team of third Nicole Hartlin, second Erin Tomalty, and co-leads Tory and Anika Beaudry.
They’re the exact same group which competed in the Tim Hortons Bantam girls’ provincials in Sault Ste. Marie less than six weeks ago.
“Having already been at a provincial championship, they’re going to know what to expect,” said Christine Jean, who is co-coaching the team along with Kim Beaudry.
“Our girls usually show some nerves in the first end of the first game,” Jean noted.
“But hopefully they’ll get those worked out quickly and keep going.”
Another staple of long road trips—bus legs—also won’t be a concern as the Muskies are flying to Brampton rather than busing there.
“We should be more rested,” said Jean.
“And as long as we’re making healthy choices with our eating, we should be in good shape to play,” she added.
The seedings and pools for the field still were not available on the OFSAA website as of yesterday.
But a look at the 20-team field does show Fort High won’t have to contend with any
recent title winners as they try to capture the school’s first provincial girls’ curling crown.
Defending champion Norwell District Secondary School (Palmerston) is not back this year, nor is the three-peat champions from Grimsby District Secondary School which reigned supreme from 2010-12.
It won’t all be about sweeping and strategizing for the Muskies, however.
An added bonus for all the competitors will be the chance to attend an NBA game between the Toronto Raptors and Oklahoma City Thunder at the Air Canada Centre in nearby Toronto.
“I’m sure the girls will want to do some shopping, too,” Jean chuckled.

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