Haw, Keffer earn provincial berths


A pair of rinks with local ties have punched their tickets to the Northern Ontario junior provincial playdowns next month in Sioux Lookout.
Jessica Haw of Stratton advanced after finishing in a tie for first place with a 4-1 record at the Region 1 playdowns at the Keewatin Curling Club over the weekend.
Tirzah Keffer, meanwhile, who hails from Fort Frances but currently attends school in Thunder Bay, finished tied for first at 4-1 mark 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, tied with Kaitlyn Porter (Sioux Lookout) in the final standings, which allowed both of them to qualify for the provincials.
Porter was the only team to defeat Haw in the double round-robin format, taking a 9-4 victory Saturday morning.
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, giving both the teams the opportunity to advance.
Keffer’s lone loss came to Jones yesterday morning by a scant 6-5 margin.
Haw and Keffer will be joined six other rinks at the provincial playdowns on Jan. 5-8 in Sioux Lookout, with the winner advancing to the M&M Meat Shops junior national showdown Feb. 4-12 in Napanee, Ont.