Alberta’s Elysa Crough rink shy during national junior curling final


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Elysa Crough and her teammates came close to becoming Junior National Curling Champions on Saturday.

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The team of Edmonton Crestwood Curling Club wore Alberta colors for Curling Canada New Holland World Juniors Qualifying Event but fell in the spiel final in Saskatchewan .

Northern Ontario edged out a team of captain Calgary Crough, third Quinn Prodaniuk of Fort Saskatchewan, second Kim Bonneau of Rocky Mountain House and Julianna MacKenzie of Cochrane in a 7-6 thriller at Granite Curling Club from Saskatoon.

The Northern Ontario arena turned the game in their favor with a fifth in three ends to take the lead before stealing one in each of the sixth and seventh ends. Crough & Co. fought back with a one in the eighth and a steal of two in the 10th, but were a little afraid to force the extra ends.

It was Team Crough’s only loss during the six-day tournament.

Meanwhile, the Sudbury rink of captain Isabelle Ladouceur, third Jamie Smith, second Lauren Rajala, first Katie Shaw and fifth Katy Lukowich have lost just once in seven games during the the event held in Saskatoon.

He now moves on to represent Canada at the world juniors, March 5-12 in Jönköping, Sweden.

“I’ve been dreaming about it ever since I started curling (at the age of 10),” Ladouceur said. “Around that time, I wanted to win a junior. “

On the men’s side, Nova Scotian Owen Purcell had few issues with Nathan Young of Newfoundland and Labrador). The Purcell team had a 7-1 lead after three ends. The final score was 10-9, but Purcell was never seriously pushed.

The national event was a one-time event intended to provide a short-term solution to a problem created by the COVID-19 pandemic and the cancellation of Canadian juniors in 2020.


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