Dual crowns for Jackson rink
Kathie Jackson’s vocal chords didn’t have much left but she and her rink let their game do the talking.
Jackson and her crew of third Teresa McFayden, second Lisa Penner, and lead Kris Sinclair capped off an eventful curling season with a 7-5 win over Christine Jean in the ‘A’-event final of the women’s club championships here Thursday.
Although failing to repeat her provincial title, winning The Travelers club playdowns but then losing in the regional playdowns this time around in Atikokan, Jackson said this was a season to remember.
“It was extra special this year,” declared the multi-time club champ, who fought through an illness in Thursday’s final that left her raspy-voiced but relieved to win.
“We’ve been together for three years and we know what to expect from each other, and we’ve figured each other out,” Jackson remarked.
“In the end, we know we just have to go out there and curl, and we did that tonight.
“Honestly, we were just hoping for a great game,” she
added. “Christine’s team has been curling very well.”
Jean led 3-0 after a deuce in the first and a steal of one in the second.
But the roof caved in during the third end as Jackson scored four to forge ahead.
She then stole one in the fourth to go up 5-3—a lead she would not relinquish.
“The key was not trying to be shot rock too soon,” Jackson said of the third end.
“My first shot was a double take-out, which turned out to be a big one, and then I had a wide-open soft hit for four.”
“We looked around all of a sudden and asked, ‘How did this happen?’” noted Jean.
“They had some beautiful shots and we couldn’t find a bail-out point.”
The teams traded singles the rest of the way, with Jean having one last chance in the eighth without the hammer and down one.
“It wasn’t a great shot,” Jean admitted about her final throw.
“As a team, we collectively picked the shot but I didn’t give it a chance when I threw it.
“This would be getting old if not for the fact we always have great games with Kathie,” added Jean, who also lost to Jackson in this year’s semi-finals of The Travelers club playdowns.
“It always seems to come down to the last rock in the last end and it’s a couple of inches either way that decides it.
“We will get our due sometime,” Jean reasoned.
In the ‘B’-event final, another very successful group this season ended on a high note.
The Muskie girls’ team of skip Hailey Beaudry, third Nicole Hartlin, second Erin Tomalty, and co-leads Tory and Anika Beaudry rode a four-ender in the fifth to an 8-2 victory in six ends over Nancy Evans.
“We knew if we took our time and played the way we could, we’d get our big end eventually,” said Beaudry, who drew to the 12-foot to put the icing on the cake in the fifth.
Beaudry’s rink captured both the NWOSSAA and Bantam regional championships this year—qualifying for the OFSAA girls’ provincials and the Tim Hortons Bantam girls’ provincials, respectively.
Tory Beaudry, who curled the first four ends of the ‘B’ final last Thursday before giving way to Anika for the final two, hinted the season was more like a travelogue for the team.
“It’s been really busy for us and we’ve been everywhere this year,” she said about the team’s excursions to places such as Sioux Lookout, Sault Ste. Marie, and Brampton.
And the chance for more good times lies ahead for the black-and-gold, who have no graduating seniors on the roster and will return en masse for another NorWOSSA run next season.
“We’re all so close,” Hartlin stressed when asked about the main reason the team flourished this year and maintains great promise for the campaign to come.
“We know each other’s strengths and weaknesses.”
“It’s a great experience to play with everyone here,” added Tomalty.
“We have a lot of fun when we go out and curl.”
In the ‘C’-event final, Diane DeBenedet topped Charlotte Bazylewski for the title (the score was unavailable as of press time).