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Blyde rink from St. John's takes provincial junior men’s curling crown

Second Zach Payne (right) and lead Craig Laing of the Greg Smith foursome from the Bally Haly Curling Club sweep a shot by third Kyle Barron in their tie-breaker game against Daniel Bruce’s Corner Brook rink Wednesday during the provincial junior curling championships at the Re/Max Centre (St. John’s Curling Club). Smith, the two-time defending champion, stole two points in the ninth end for a 7-5 win over Bruce. However, the Smith foursome lost to Greg Blyde in Wednesday night’s championship final.
Second Zach Payne (right) and lead Craig Laing of the Greg Smith foursome from the Bally Haly Curling Club sweep a shot by third Kyle Barron in their tie-breaker game against Daniel Bruce’s Corner Brook rink Wednesday during the provincial junior curling championships at the Re/Max Centre (St. John’s Curling Club). Smith, the two-time defending champion, stole two points in the ninth end for a 7-5 win over Bruce. However, the Smith foursome lost to Greg Blyde in Wednesday night’s championship final.

Greg Blyde and his rinkmates out of the St. John’s Curling Club are the Newfoundland and Labrador junior men’s curling champions after going undefeated in six games at their home rink, the Re/Max Centre.

The sixth win by Blyde, third Liam Gregory, second Ian Withycombe and lead Connor Stapleton came Wednesday as they defeated defending champion Greg Smith of the Bally Haly club in St. John’s by a decisive 11-4 score.

Smith had earned a berth in the final with a 7-5 win over Daniel Bruce of Corner Brook in a second-place tiebreaker earlier in the day.

The provincial junior women’s championship will be decided today. Defending champion Brook Godsland could have claimed another title with a win over St. John’s clubmate Rebecca Roberts Wednesday night, but Roberts stole two points in the final end for a 7-5 win.

Since Godsland was undefeated in preliminary, play she has to be beaten twice to lose the crown. That’s what Roberts will attempt 9:30 a.m. today when the teams meet again at the Re/Max Centre.

Even though these provincial championships were held in the 2016 calendar year, the winners are listed as the 2017 champs and will participate in the 2017 Canadian junior championships Jan. 21-29 in Victoria, B.C.

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