Curl Moncton to Host Provincial Under-21 Championships
Monday, Nov. 27, 2017
The best junior curlers in New Brunswick are coming to Curl Moncton this week as the club hosts the Papa John’s Under-21 Provincial Championships from Thursday, Nov. 30 to Sunday, Dec. 3.
“We are extremely excited to welcome the province’s top young curlers to Moncton,” said Katherine Robertson, chair of the local organizing committee. “This event always showcases the high level of talent in our province and these curlers will represent New Brunswick on the national stage in the months and years ahead.”
The tournament will feature four women’s and seven men’s teams from clubs around the province. The women’s draw features Team Justine Comeau of the Capital Winter Club in Fredericton, who won the 2017 New Brunswick Under-18 Championship and went on to win a silver medal at the Canadian U18 Championship held in Moncton in April. They will compete against the Sackville Curling Club’s Team Samantha Crook, who represented New Brunswick at the 2017 national junior championship, as well as teams from the Woodstock and Florenceville curling clubs.
On the men’s side, Team Liam Marin of the Thistle St. Andrews Curling Club returns to Moncton, where they also played in the 2017 national U18 tournament. Four teams of local curlers from Curl Moncton and two squads from Fredericton round out the draw.
The winners of the event will represent New Brunswick at the 2018 Canadian Junior Curling Championships in Shawinigan, Que. from Jan. 13-21, 2018, with the emerging men’s and women’s national champions then wearing the Maple Leaf at the 2018 World Junior Championships in Aberdeen, Scotland. Many of the Canadian curling stars of today had their first national and international experience at the juniors, including current Canadian and world champion Brad Gushue, who won a silver medal when Moncton hosted the Canadian juniors in 2000.
The games begin on Thursday with the first draw at 2 p.m., followed by the opening ceremonies at 5:30 p.m. and the second draw at 7 p.m. Play continues Friday with games at 9 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., on Saturday at 8:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. and concludes on Sunday at 9 a.m., 2 p.m. and the championship finals at 6:30 p.m.
Curlers and curling fans of all ages are encouraged to drop by and take in the action at Curl Moncton at 80 Lockhart Ave. Tickets are $15 for an event pass, $10 for a day pass and $5 for a single draw. Additional parking is available in the Kiwanis Park lot off Limerick Street.