Ontario will have high expectations at the upcoming 2019 Canadian U18 Curling Championships in Sherwood Park, Alberta April 2nd-7th as Team Deschenes and Team Niepage are your 2019 U18 Ontario champions respectively.
It’s obvious that these young teams are already battle tested and cool under pressure as both finals were thrillers being decided by last rock.
The Manotick Curling Centre’s Deschenes rink (Emily Deschenes, Emma Artichuk, Jillian Uniacke, Celeste Gauthier) put on an exemplary display of curling going undefeated through the women’s round robin holding their opposition to an average 3.63 points per game. Facing Team Steele in the finals, Deschenes made a clutch draw to backing in the 8th end for a 7-6 victory.
The Coldwater Curling Club’s Niepage team (Dylan Niepage, Sam Hastings, Cameron Vanbodegom, Trey Cowell) boasted a 5-2 record through round robin play, earning a bye to the finals thanks to a head to head tie breaker with the reigning U18 Men’s champion Team Leung. The two teams would subsequently meet in the finals with Niepage stealing 2 in the 8th end to secure the championship by a score of 5-3.
Congratulations to both teams and best of luck at the Canadian championships.