Hometown victory: Beaudry to represent Northern Ontario at National Club Championships next year.

By Allan Bradbury
Staff writer

Kim Beaudry’s daughter Tory, had to tell her mom when the final shot got just enough of the button to score. After stealing five in the fifth end it seemed like smooth sailing until Beaudry missed a couple hits in the 8th leaving it open for Crystal Taylor to score four and tie the game up forcing an extra end.

The Beaudry team came into the finals having only lost one game to the same team they’d have to face in the final.

“We lost to this team in the round robin and we had an awful game,” Kim said.

Lead Taylor Sopotiuck, left and third Barabra Roy sweep a rock thrown by Victoria Beaudry during the Northern Ontario Club Championship Finals last Sunday. Team Beaudry skipped by Victoria’s mother Kim won the women’s event. –Allan Bradbury photo

The two rinks exchanged a series of single point ends through the first half of the game resulting in a 2-2 tie at the fourth end break. In the fifth end Taylor’s rink came up short on a few shots and Beaudry was able to take advantage, putting up a steal of five points.

Of the big steal Kim says the ice conditions seemed to contribute to the team Taylor misses.

“They helped us a lot, there was a huge swing on the one side and they got caught on it a few times,” she said.

With hammer in the sixth end Taylor would score two Beaudry was only able to grab a single in the seventh leaving the door open for Taylor’s big score of four in the eighth forcing the extra.

Kim Beaudry says it was tough to give up the four pointer late but she was able to move on.

“[I was] disappointed but you just have to put it behind you and give it your all and see what you can do,” she said.

Kim’s final shot would be facing three of Taylor’s stones, needing a hit and stick in the four-foot ring for the win. With the call from third Barbara Roy and sweeping from lead Taylor Sopoticuk and her daughter Tory at second Beaudry’s last rock did exactly what it needed to score and take home the title of Northern Ontario Women’s Club Champions.

On the men’s side it was a battle between two Thunder Bay curling clubs. Team Brian Burgess out of the Port Arthur Curling Centre went up against Team Dylan Johnston out of the Fort William Curling Club.

Starting with hammer the Johnston rink jumped ahead with a three point first end and never gave up the lead.

Burgess was limited to a pair of singles in the second and fourth ends and Johnston also took one in the third for a 4-2 score at the fourth end break.

There was a glimmer of hope for Burgess when they took two points in the sixth after forcing Johnston to one point in the fifth but it wasn’t to be. Team Johnston was able to put up four in the seventh and Burgess conceded a 9-4 victory to the cross-town rivals.

Both teams will now represent Northern Ontario at the Everest Canadian Club Championships next November in Barrie, ON.