WINCHESTER – The North Dundas Devils showcased some curling dominance last week, as the school’s three entries in the Gore Mutual Insurance-hosted Zone 1 competition came away as champions.
Played at the Winchester Curling Club Thurs., Dec. 6 and Fri., Dec. 7, skip Grace Cave led her rink to an “A” bracket championship on the girls side, while Matt Roach’s foursome were the victors in that bracket on the boys side.
Meanwhile, Taryn Cooper’s team, losing only to Cave’s rink in its opening match, was the girls “B” bracket winner.
“It was a game that neither team wanted to start the bonspiel with, but it ended up being the most exciting and close game of the competition,” coach Kathi Poirier said.
Team Cave tapped away a first-half Team Cooper lead to finish with the victory.
Cave’s rink then took down Perth’s St. John Catholic High School in the championship final.
Roach’s team beat Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute to open the tournament, and then took down Gananoque Secondary School in the final.
After the opening loss, Cooper’s rink regrouped to beat Gananoque in the semi-final, and then capped the comeback by edging out St. John’s for the “B” title.
“All of our curlers have a long playing history, from competition winning clubs teams to Timbit champions,” Poirier said.
All but one, she added.
Spanish exchange student Alvero Castillejo got his first taste of the sport just this year, and has settled in nicely with Roach’s rink.
“Although curling is like nothing he has ever played before, Alvero has been bitten by the curling bug,” Poirier said. “He is already trying to figure out how he can keep playing when he returns to Spain next winter.”
The coach also marvelled at the level of interest curling has at the Maple Ridge-based secondary school.
“The pool of talent at NDDHS is astonishing. While interest in curling waxes and wanes at other schools, we have a curling culture in the area that encourages young people to take up the sport,” she said. “The students who curl are truly wonderful young people.”
Each North Dundas rink will now compete at the regional tournament in Brighton in February 2019.