Curlers gain experience in trip to provincials

Curlers gain experience in trip to provincials

The ladies intermediate team from the Elmira Curling Club made it all the way to provincials in Acton, and while they didn’t win as much as they would have liked to, the ladies are still happy with their efforts.

Team Pidgeon played seven ends, winning their first match against the team from Cornwall, conceded against Orangeville, lost against Burlington and Thornhill, conceded against a Toronto team, won against St. Mary’s and conceded against Rideau from Ottawa.

Despite all that, team member Twyla Gilbert says the team played hard and put all of their effort into doing their best and having a good time.

“Overall, I felt that it was a good showing,” she said, mentioning that most of the team had never played on this level before. “Our win/loss record didn’t show it, but because three out of four of us had never been to provincials before, we felt that we played some very good games.”

Colleen Coughlin was one of the team members that had never been to a provincial competition before. She echoed Gilbert’s thoughts.

“Overall I had a fantastic experience at my first provincials. It was frustrating in the fact we lost a few very close games so our record did not reflect how I felt we curled,” she said, adding that the sense of community at the competition was a highlight. “I had a wonderful time getting to know all of the other teams and really hope that I can make it back to another provincial.”

Having never been to a competition like this, Coughlin says what started as an obstacle, ended up working in the team’s favour.

“The only challenge with competing against teams from across the province is that I had never seen most of them play before. However, that can also be a positive though as you aren’t intimidated by them,” she said.

There is still another chance for Coughlin and Gilbert to make it to another provincial competition this month. This weekend, the two curlers will be heading to Barrie, playing for two different teams, to vie for a spot at mixed team provincials.

“We are really hoping to advance to provincials, we both are,” said Gilbert. “We are up against teams from Region 3. There is a team from Barrie, there is a team from Milton – all over the region.”

Coughlin can’t wait to have another chance at competing on a provincial level, and says this past competition was particularly special.

“Definitely getting to another provincial again is what I want to repeat. It is not something that happens often for a team from a small club that does not play together regularly,” she said.

To follow Coughlin and Gilbert’s mixed team play downs, visit www.ontcurl.com.

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