It was a double podium finish for Ontario as both Team Hogan of the Oshawa Curling Club and Team Dupuis of the Cornwall Curling Centre won bronze medals at the 2018 Travelers Curling Club Championships hosted in Miramichi, NB.
The Hogan rink, comprised of Amber-Dawn Duncan, Mandy Aston, Suzanne Miller and skip Stacey Hogan, cruised through the round robin with a 4-2 record resulting in a playoff berth. After defeating Saskatchewan in the quarter finals, the Ontario squad fell to Nova Scotia in the semi finals setting up a bronze medal match with the Northwest Territories. The match was tightly contested featuring back and fourth singles and two blanks over six ends. NT then scored a two in the 7th end to open the biggest lead of the match. Unfazed by the first multi point score of the match, Ontario rebounded with a clutch score of three in the 8th to win the match 5-4 and claim the bronze medal.
On the men’s side, the Cornwall foursome of Charles Wert, Jonathan King, Terry Litchy and skip Matthew Dupuis carried a 4-2 record through round robin play, earning them 3rd overall position in pool B and a berth in the quarter finals. After vanquishing Manitoba in the quarters, Ontario fell in the semi finals to the eventual gold medal winning and overall undefeated British Columbia rink. Now facing Saskatchewan in the bronze medal match, Ontario used efficient scoreboard management and a timely steal of one in the 4th to eventually win the match 5-4.
The similarities between the self proclaimed collective Bronzetario rinks are peculiar. They both posted 4-2 records in the round robin, lost the same semi finals and won their bronze medal matches by the same score.
The double medal performance at the event enforces one of CurlON’s many mandates: strengthening the performance of play at all levels in Ontario; especially at the curling club level through informative programming and support for member facilities. We’ll continue to work to ensure every Ontario representative has the skill and knowledge to not only be competitive at the national level, but the ability to earn podium finishes at national/world championships.
Congratulations Team Hogan and Team Dupuis on your podium performances. You are and will continue to be exemplary representatives for all of Ontario!