Congratulations to our 2014 SuperSpiel Champions - Team Dropkin (USA) and Team Horton (OVCA).
In the Men's Final, the Americans took an early 4-0 lead through three and executed near flawless defense for the remainder of the ten end final to secure a 6-3 win. This is the first time a SuperSpiel title will has been won by our neighbours to the south. Congratulations Korey Dropkin, Mark Fenner, Thomas Howell, Andrew Stopera, Luc Violette, and coach Wally Henry.
The Women's Final was a back and forth affair. Team Burtnyk seized control with a steal in the eighth to go up by one. After forcing Horton to a single in 9, the stage was set for the tenth end. Facing three stones in the 8 foot, Burtnyk elected to hit and stick for the win, but rolled juuuuust too far handing the title to the OVCA's own Lauren Horton from Almonte!! Accompanying Lauren were Kim Gannon, Cassandra Lewin, Jessica Armstrong, and coach Jamie Arnold.
In the Consolation Final, ;last year's Men's SuperSpiel Champion Rene Comeau's New Brunswick rink outlasted Ontario's Molly Greenwood in a close match.
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What a Saturday at the 2014 SuperSpiel! Four of the Eight qualifiers have been determined after a series of extremely tight and entertaining games. Qualifying for the Championship Round are: Matt Dunstone (MB), Cathlia Ward (NB), Felix Asselin (QC), and Mary Fay (NS).
The final four Championship Round teams will be determined tomorrow morning, and the matchups are: Cory Christensen (USA) vs Lauren Horton (OVCA); Gina Aitken (SCO) vs Rachel Burtnyk; Matthew Hall (ON) vs Jack Lindsay (ON); and Korey Dropkin (USA) vs Yannick Schwaller (SUI).
Local Ottawa Valley teams have also impressed. In addition to Horton's run to the C qualifier, Kayla MacMillan had a great start to the spiel making it to the A semi-final before a tough Saturday; Emma Wallingford battled back from a few early losses to win three before losing a last rock heartbreaker to the Scottish Champs; Colton Daly and Doug Kee entertained fans in a C quarter-final this afternoon that saw Daly prevail, but in his subsequent match his last rock just rolled out of the rings trying to force an extra end against the reigning World Jr Champion Swiss squad.
"C" qualifiers, Championship Semi-Finals and Championship Finals take place tomorrow at 9, 12, and 4 at the Carleton Heights Curling Club - we'll see you there. If you can't make it out be sure to follow the scores on www.curlingzone.com.
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Day One is in the books after 48 matches that took place at five different clubs across town. When the dust settled, only four teams - two mens and two womens - remain unbeaten. Playing in tomorrow morning's "A" qualifier games are 2013 Canadian Junior Champ Matt Dunstone (Manitoba), 2014 Nova Scotia Junior Runner-up Matthew Manuel, 2014 New Brunswick Junior Champ Cathlia Ward, and Manitoba's Rachel Burtnyk.
Action continues Saturday at Carleton Heights CC, Granite of West Ottawa, Manotick CC, and Huntley CC.
For action shots from day #1 courtesy of Kevin Daly Photography, click here.
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All 32 teams hit the ice this morning at 9am for their first game of the 2014 SuperSpiel. When the dust settled, four local OVCA teams pulled off upsets over highly regarded opponents.
Colton Daly and his team from the Ottawa CC beat the reigning Canadian Junior Champions Braden Calvert; The Rideau’s Doug Kee knocked off Korey Dropkin, a top American team; Lauren Horton from Almonte CC defeated Mary Fay, the 2014 Canadian Junior bronze medalists from Nova Scotia; and Hailey Armstrong from Manotick stole the eighth end to prevail over the 2014 American Junior champs, Cory Christensen.
Other notable winners in draw #1 included: 2013 Canadian Junior Champion Matt Dunstone, 2014 World Junior Champions Yannick Schwaller, and 2014 Scottish Junior Champions Gina Aitken. Defending SuperSpiel Men’s champions and Canadian Junior Runner-up Rene Comeau, lost a close battle with Ontario’s Matthew Hall.
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The Men’s field is headed by Yannick Schwaller and his team from Oberdiessbach, Switzerland, the defending World Junior Men’s Champions. Joining Yannick are the USA Junior Men’s Reps, the past two defending Canadian Junior Men’s Champions from Winnipeg, the Braden Calvert and Matt Dunstone rinks as well as the defending Canadian Junior Men’s Runners Up and the defending SuperSpiel Champs, René Comeau and his team out of Fredericton. Joining these high quality teams are defending provincial champs and future Canada Winter Games competitors. This may be the deepest men’s field for quite some time.
The Women’s field is highlighted by the Scottish Women skipped by Gina Aitken and the USA Junior Women’s reps. The defending Bronze Medalists from the M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Women’s Curling Championships, Mary Fay and her team out of the Chester Curling Club are joining the international teams. Also coming to Ottawa are provincial champs and future Canada Winter Games competitors. Many curlers who will be punching their tickets later in the year to the 2015 Canadian Junior Women’s Curling Championships to be held in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. The women’s field is a relatively young and very talented field of curlers that you will be seeing at high level play in Canada and beyond for years to come.
The final five teams on both the men's and women's sides qualified through events in the fall. Teams skipped by Krysta Burns, Molly Greenwood, Ethan Doig, and Jack Lindsay advanced out of the Southern Ontario SuperSpiel Qualifier which was held in Guelph on Sept 26-28. Three local teams on both Men’s and Women’s sides earned their spots at the OVCA SuperSpiel Qualifier held at the Almonte Curling Club on Oct 17-19. These teams were skipped by: Lauren Horton (Almonte), Hailey Armstrong (Manotick), Emma Wallingford (Carleton Heights), Doug Kee (Rideau), Colton Daly (Ottawa), and Hayden Richmond (Perth).
The SuperSpiel weekend will kick off on Oct 30th with the annual Pro-Am event, where young OVCA curlers got to play with Pros from the SS field at the RCN (Navy) CC. Special thanks are always due to the Pros for giving of their time and positive energy to make this a great event.
We welcome back to Ottawa many of the elite curlers who competed in our 20th Annual SuperSpiel in 2013. All venues are open to the public and the games are played to full houses. Admission is free and fans will be treated to great curling all weekend!