Airdrie curlers qualify for juvenile provincials
By: Lucas Punkari
| Posted: Thursday, Feb 06, 2014 11:28 am
Two Airdrie curlers made the most of their chance to play at their home rink from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2, as they helped their teams earn berths in this year’s Alberta Juvenile Provincials at the Southern regional championships.
On the women’s side, 17-year-old Megan Moffat was a key part in the success of the Selena Sturmay rink from the Airdrie Curling Club, as they won the A-final on Saturday night with a 6-2 win over Jessica Koch from Medicine Hat.
“I think we just really pulled together as a team,” said Moffat, who plays third for the Sturmay rink.
“We all played really well throughout the weekend, and it was pretty much a team effort as soon as we got on the ice.”
“I think the biggest difference for us was in the sixth end, as we stole a point from them and we went up 3-2,” she added.
“We really got our game together at that point, and to steal two more points to extend our lead in the seventh end was just an added bonus.”
The Sturmay team is a squad that has come together this season from a variety of different places, as Sturmay is from Leduc, Moffat lives in Airdrie, second Hope Sunley resides in Okotoks, and lead Megan Johnson comes from Calgary.
“This is a first-year team, but we’ve known each other for a long time and decided to play together this year,” Sturmay said. “It’s pretty surreal right now and I don’t think this has sunk in for us.”
“We’re so happy about what we did and we are looking forward to the provincials,” she added.
Over on the men’s side, 17-year-old Airdrie native Connor Lenton qualified for the provincials as the lead for Tyler Lautner’s rink from the Calgary Winter Club on Feb. 2, after they took a 6-2 win in the B-final over Andrew Hodgson of Calgary.
“I’m still trying to get used to the feeling of heading to the provincials, but it feels great right now,” Lenton said.
“In our last game (a 8-7 loss in the A-final to Colin Harty of Calgary on Feb. 1), we didn’t hold onto the lead when we were out in front, but we just stayed consistent all through today.”
After losing in an extra end in the A-Final, the Lautner rink wanted to take control of the B-Final right from the start, which they did as they jumped out to a dominating 5-0 lead after the fifth end.
“We had a chat after our loss on Saturday (Feb.1) night to talk about what we can do differently in this game,” Lautner said.
“We just stuck to our game plan and it worked out for us.”
“It would have been easier to just have everything done and over with last night, but it feels just as exciting to qualify for the provincials today,” he added.
The Juvenile Provincials will take place from Feb. 28 to March 2 at the Highwood Curling Club in High River.