It wasn’t exactly how the Vanier girls curling team wanted to end their high school season, but being in the top five in the province is still a pretty satisfying feeling. The team placed fourth at provincials in Weyburn this past weekend.
“It was definitely was tough competition, as we expected,” said the Vanier girls team coach Eric Light. “There was a lot of good teams there.”
The Vanier team started off the weekend with an opening win over last year’s bronze medalists, Loon Lake. Next, they played Regina Campbell and played a close game, where Vanier won on their last rock. In the A final, the team played Lampman and were defeated on the last rock. With the loss, the team played Raymore in the B final and won 6-2, which qualified them for the playoffs.
In the semifinal game, Vanier played Regina Campbell again and the two teams were tied after six ends. In the seventh end, Regina Campbell’s skip made a nice double and stay for three and run Vanier out of rocks in the eighth end. In the bronze medal game, the girls faced off against Lampman again in another close match. Vanier stole three in the fifth end and in the sixth end, the team had a few misses and just couldn’t get their last rock in their spot they wanted and Lampman’s skip was able to score for four, which was the biggest end they gave up throughout the weekend and they stole another in the next end to shake hands and finish in the seventh end.
“The girls really worked hard all weekend and they played their hearts out,” said Light. “They gave it everything they had and played well. I was very happy with their performance and how they played.”
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