Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Bantam girls advance

A year ago, one rock kept Hailey Beaudry from a shot at provincial glory.
The same situation presented itself Saturday at the Stratton Curling Club—and Beaudry wasn’t about to let the moment pass her by again.

The Fort Frances skip tapped back her opponent’s stone to clinch an 8-6 victory and a two-game sweep of the best-of-three series against Atikokan’s Lindsay Cain in the Bantam girls’ West Region qualifier.
“This is the last year that myself and [third Nicole Hartlin] are able to go to the [Bantam] provincials,” said an elated Beaudry, who will be joined by Hartlin, second Erin Tomalty, co-leads Tori and Anika Beaudry, and coach Taylor Hartlin at the Bantam girls’ provincial showdown Jan. 30-Feb. 2 in Sault Ste. Marie.
“It came down to the last rock last year and the same thing this year,” she added.
“It’s great that we get to go.”
The Beaudry rink stole three in the first but watched Cain roar back with deuces in the second and third to go up 4-3.
The local squad slowed Cain’s momentum with a deuce in the fourth to reach the half-game break up one at 5-4 (only eight ends are played at the Bantam level).
But a steal of one in the sixth by the locals—after an error by Cain’s sweepers—may have been the real key to the victory.
“That steal was very important,” said Anika Beaudry, who played lead in Game 2 after Tori Beaudry had the honours in Friday’s 7-3 triumph in the opening game.
“It was very close the whole game. I was so nervous,” she admitted.
The Fort crew stole again in the sixth, then watched Cain come up two inches light on a draw for three to tie the game in the seventh—having to settle for two, instead, to cut the lead to 7-6.
But facing at least two—and possibly three—Atikokan stones sitting in scoring position, the local skip was on the money with her last rock.
“This is a big confidence-booster for us and we’re proud of ourselves,” said Hailey Beaudry.
Beaudry will be joined in the Soo by the Chris Silver rink from Fort Frances, which qualified for the Bantam boys’ provincials last month.

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