Haw, Keffer earn provincial berths


When the junior women’s provincial curling championship gets underway in Sioux Lookout next month, a pair of rinks with local ties will be vying to represent Northern Ontario at the national showdown.
Jessica Haw of Stratton advanced to the provincials after finishing in a tie for first at 4-1 at the Region 1 playdowns at the Keewatin Curling Club over the weekend.
Meanwhile, Tirzah Keffer, who hails from Fort Frances but currently attends school in Thunder Bay, finished in a tie for first (4-1) at the Region 2 playdowns at the Fort William Curling Club.
Haw, who is joined by third Kaylee Heyens, second Maria Vandenbrand, and lead Myan Miller, finished tied Kaitlyn Porter (Sioux Lookout) for first in the final standings, which allowed both of them to qualify for the provincials.
Porter was only rink to beat Haw in the double round-robin format, taking a 9-4 victory on Saturday morning.
In their other games, Haw’s rink defeated Mega Szajewski (Keewatin) by scores of 10-6 and 9-8 and knocked off Heather Frostiak (Red Lake) 7-5 and 9-3.
Keffer’s rink, which includes third Sheree Hinz, second Page Rubenick, and lead Rachel Camlin, ended up tied with fellow Thunder Bay curler Karlee Jones, with both teams advancing to the provincials.
Keffer’s lone loss came Sunday morning in a narrow 6-5 decision against Jones, which came following Keffer’s easy 8-2 thrashing of the Jones’ rink on Friday night.
She added wins over Megan St. Amand and Jenny Keetch, who also are from Thunder Bay.
Haw and Keffer will compete against six other rinks at the provincial playdowns Jan. 5-8 in Sioux Lookout, with winner advancing to the M&M Meat Shops junior national championships Feb. 4-12 in Napanee, Ont.
The men’s provincial playdowns will take place Jan. 5-8 in Atikokan although no rinks from Rainy River District qualified.