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Tough tie-breaker loss ends Godsland's national junior curling title hopes

Brooke Godsland
Brooke Godsland

A couple of tough extra-end losses knocked Brooke Godsland and her Newfoundland and Labrador rink out of championship contention at the national junior women’s curling championship in Victoria, B.C.

Godsland, third Megan Kearley, second Gabrielle Molloy and lead Michelle Taylor lost 9-8 to Nova Scotia in a tiebreaker game Wednesday, dropping the Re/Mac Centre (St. John’s Curling Club) rink into the six-team seeding pool.
Nova Scotia advances to the eight-team championship round.
The Godsland rink was ahead 8-5 heading into the ninth end, a lead built with a score of four in the seventh. However, the Nova Scotians scored two with the hammer, stole one in the 10th to tie the game and stole one more in the extra end for the victory.
It was similar to the way the Newfoundland rink’s final preliminary-round game played out.
Godsland and Co. could have claimed a clear-cut championship-round berth with a win over the Northwest Territories. They were leading 5-3 heading into the ninth end, but the Territories scored one, stole one more in the 10th to tie the game and two more in the extra-end to win.
That loss left Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia tied with 3-3 records. P.E.I. was awarded third place because it had defeated the other two in preliminary-round play, meaning NL and Nova Scotia would meet in the tiebreaker.
The junior women’s championship is being played concurrently with the national junior men’s event.
In that one, Newfoundland and Labrador — represented by the Greg Blyde rink from the SJCC — finished 2-4. That means Blyde, third Liam Gregory, second Ian Withycombe and lead Connor Stapleton also were dropped to the seeding round, which began with games Wednesday night.
The seeding round will determine the pools for the 2018 Canadian junior championship. As well, players who don’t advance to the final-three playoffs will compete in a mixed doubles tournament Saturday and Sunday.

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