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Newfoundland and Labrador rinks busy at national curling events

Evan and Megan Kearley
Evan and Megan Kearley of St. John's are one of 32 teams competing in the Canadian mixed curling championships beginning Wednesday in Leduc, Alta. - Curling Canada

No fewer than four different teams were on the ice Tuesday representing Newfoundland and Labrador at national curling championships, and a fifth is set to begin competition today.

National senior championships
At the Canadian senior women’s event in Stratford, Ont., the Diane Roberts rink from the Re/Max Centre in St. John’s advanced to the championship pool — the second stage of the competition, but lost its opening two games in that round, falling to Saskatchewan and New Brunswick on Monday.

That leaves the NL rink, which also includes Heather Martin, Patricia Tiller and Candy Thomas, with a 3-5 overall record (teams took their preliminary-round records with them to the championship pool.

The national senior men’s championship is also in Stratford, where the province is represented by the Mike Ryan rink from Labrador City.

Ryan and and teammates Gary Wensman, Barry Edwards and Neil Peckham didn’t make it to the championship pool and are 2-6 overall after splitting a pair of placement/seeding games on Tuesday.

U Sports championship

In Leduc, Alta., just south of Edmonton, the Memorial Sea-Hawks women’s team skipped by Rebecca Roberts, and including Chantal Newell, Lauren Barron and Stephanie Nadeau, finished at 1-6 at the U Sports national university championships.

The Roberts rink, which made it to the nationals as the AUS runner-up, prevailed in its first game in Leduc, defeating Queen’s University, but couldn’t get a win after that.

Newfoundland and Labrador is represented at the 2018 national wheelchair curling championships by the St. John's team of (from left) coach skip Cecilia Carroll, Darlene Jackman, coach Leslie Ann Walsh, Felix Green and Mel Fitzgerald.
Newfoundland and Labrador is represented at the 2018 national wheelchair curling championships by the St. John's team of (from left) skip Cecilia Carroll, Darlene Jackman, coach Leslie Ann Walsh, Felix Green and Mel Fitzgerald.

National wheelchair championship

Leduc is also site of the national wheelchair championships, where the St. John’s rink of Cecilia Carroll, Darlene Jackman, Mel Fitzgerald and Felix Green is 2-1 after a 7-6 win over British Columbia Tuesday night.

That left the rink in a five-way tie for second place.

The N.L. team defeated Northern Ontario earlier in the day after losing to Saskatchewan in its lone game on Monday, the opening day of the event.

National mixed doubles championship

Leduc is a busy spot, what with it also hosting the national small college event (already underway/no reps from NL) and the Canadian mixed doubles championship, which starts up today.

In the latter, which features no less than 32 teams separated into four pools, Newfoundland is represented by the team of Megan and Evan Kearley of St. John’s.

The Kearleys’ first game today is against the team of Kirk Muyres, who played with Steve Laycock’s Saskatchewan men’s champions at the 2018 Brier, and Laura Crocker of Edmonton, who may be best known in these parts as the fiancee of Geoff Walker, lead for Brier and world champion Team Gushue.

The Kearleys won the provincial mixed doubles title earlier this month in Grand Falls-Windsor.

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