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Women's four rowers claim first medal for Newfoundland and Labrador in P.E.I.

Newfoundland finally got on the medal board at the 2009 Canada Summer Games when rowers Jane Brodie, Alyssa Devereaux, Allison DeLong and Steph Davis won bronze in the women's four on Southwest River outside Summerside Friday afternoon.

The four covered the 1,200 metre course in 4:14.93, three seconds off Ontario's pace, which finished second. B.C. won gold with a time of 4:08.36.

Team Newfoundland and Labrador's women's four won bronze Friday.- Photo by Robin Short/The Telegram

Clinton, P.E.I. -

Newfoundland finally got on the medal board at the 2009 Canada Summer Games when rowers Jane Brodie, Alyssa Devereaux, Allison DeLong and Steph Davis won bronze in the women's four on Southwest River outside Summerside Friday afternoon.

The four covered the 1,200 metre course in 4:14.93, three seconds off Ontario's pace, which finished second. B.C. won gold with a time of 4:08.36.

"The Ontario girls told us if there had been another 150 metres," said Devereaux, "we definitely would have passed them."

The four were also part of the JAC Marketing and Advertising Co. crew which won the Royal St. John's Regatta women's championship earlier this month.

B.C., a rowing powerhouse, jumped out to a quick lead with Ontario settling into second place and Newfoundland and Alberta jockeying for the three spot.

Near the end, Newfoundland pulled away and hung on despite a couple of missed strokes, or air strokes as Devereaux described them. And, added Brodie, the bow oar in charge of steering the shell in addition to concentrating on her oar, there were a few, "steering miscues."

Newfoundland entered the race the fifth-ranked crew, but only one second separated that boat and two others in their repechage.

Newfoundland had three other boats in A finals, but the women's pair (Davis and Amanda Ryan) finished fifth, men's four (Paul Hussey, Mark Perry, Josh Sutton and Brent Payne) placed sixth and the men's eight (cox Robert Roach, Tyler Young, Hussey, Perry, Chris Clark, Zachary Meaney, Ben Colbourne, Sutton and Payne) placed sixth. The eights rowed the course in 3:39.31and only one second separated Newfoundland, Quebec and Saskatchewan.

In the men's double scull consolation final, Young and Ben Colbourne finished first among three boats.

WOMEN'S SOCCER

Newfoundland could finish fifth, its highest placing ever in Canada Games women's soccer, with a win today against Nova Scotia.

Those two provinces square off in the fifth-sixth place game 11:30 a.m. (P.E.I. time) today in Kensington.

Newfoundland blanked Manitoba 2-0 Friday morning on goals by Katie Dunphy and Rebecca Green.

"Finally, after a couple of tough games (1-0 loss to Alberta and 3-0 loss to Ontario, the latter after giving up goals in the final minute and in injury time) we got an early goal (by Dunphy) which set the stage for us," said coach Mike Power.

"We played sharp and strong after that. Our character came through again.

"Katie Dunphy had a phenomenal performance. She scores the early goal and then drops back into a holding midfield role to shut down the other team."

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

Newfoundland equaled its showing in the 2005 Summer Games by placing sixth in the P.E.I. Games following an 100-81 loss to New Brunswick in the fifth-sixth place game Friday.

Fourteen-year-old sensation Hannah Jardine, who's no doubt opened a few eyes at these Summer Games, turned in an outstanding effort with 32 points and 20 rebounds. Kelia Pond, Newfoundland's most consistent scorer through the Games, added 20.

MEN'S BASKETBALL

Newfoundland finished ninth following a 62-44 win over the Yukon Territory Friday.

John Dawson led the winners with 17 points and Stephen Smith scored 10.

BEACH VOLLEYBALL

Both Newfoundland teams finished in 10th place following games Friday.

Organizations: JAC Marketing and Advertising Co., St John's

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, P.E.I., Ontario Alberta Canada Summerside Quebec Saskatchewan Nova Scotia Kensington New Brunswick Yukon Territory

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  • impatient
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    For the second Canada Games in a row NL has won medals. Yet they continue to be ignored by the province in terms of recognition and funding.

    Using outdated broken equipment, to the point of having to rent better boats in PEI, the coaching staff and athletes should be comended for exceeding under such circumstances.

  • Tom
    July 02, 2010 - 13:25

    They don't look all that bronzed to me.
    Cute pun though.

  • George
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    Congratulations!!

  • Julie
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    congrats jane, steph, alyssa and allison! and to all the rowers! I know alot of people donèt care about the other 5th and 6th place finishes, since people tend to be so hung up on things like medal count. But the rowers have been very happy with these performances! congrats!

  • M
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    Robin Nice article on the girls. but we did not hear anything from various sports this week at the games. Tennis, Diving, Sailing, Cycling,Triathlon These athletes also deserved media coverage of their events also. I hope the coverage during the second week will cover all the sports we, Nfld,represent at the Games

  • catkins
    July 02, 2010 - 13:14

    good work for jacs team in prince
    edward island.

  • impatient
    July 01, 2010 - 20:24

    For the second Canada Games in a row NL has won medals. Yet they continue to be ignored by the province in terms of recognition and funding.

    Using outdated broken equipment, to the point of having to rent better boats in PEI, the coaching staff and athletes should be comended for exceeding under such circumstances.

  • Tom
    July 01, 2010 - 20:11

    They don't look all that bronzed to me.
    Cute pun though.

  • George
    July 01, 2010 - 20:01

    Congratulations!!

  • Julie
    July 01, 2010 - 19:58

    congrats jane, steph, alyssa and allison! and to all the rowers! I know alot of people donèt care about the other 5th and 6th place finishes, since people tend to be so hung up on things like medal count. But the rowers have been very happy with these performances! congrats!

  • M
    July 01, 2010 - 19:55

    Robin Nice article on the girls. but we did not hear anything from various sports this week at the games. Tennis, Diving, Sailing, Cycling,Triathlon These athletes also deserved media coverage of their events also. I hope the coverage during the second week will cover all the sports we, Nfld,represent at the Games

  • catkins
    July 01, 2010 - 19:53

    good work for jacs team in prince
    edward island.