Gemini curlers fare well at OFSAA

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Glendale High School's boys and girls curling teams fared well at the OFSAA Curling Championships in North Bay, March 7-10.

Neither team medalled at the provincial championships, but both beat bronze medal-winning teams in pool play. The Gemini boys finished with a 1-3 record, while the girls were 2-2.

"The boys didn't do too bad," said Gemini coach Ken Patterson. "We were quite happy with the way the team did – the team they beat, ESC Theriault, won the bronze medal. They had a couple chances to get into the playoffs. They're a young team, they did very well at OFSAA."

While skip Kevin Arnel graduates, the rest – Levi Hiscock (vice), Logan Gibson (2nd) and Liam Fletcher (lead) – are expected back next year.

The Gemini boys lost 9-5 to Osgoode Township (Ottawa area) in the opener.

"At one point they were up 3-0, then they gave up a four-ender, that always hurts. And later on gave up a three. But they're playing bigger schools, more experienced kids."

In their second game Tillsonburg they doubled the bronze medalist Timmins team 6-3.

"Kevin played a solid game, they all played well that game," said Patterson. "They played like I knew they could. They played a lot like they did at WOSSAA. Showed great promise."

The home team, North Bay's Widdifield SS defeated the Gemini 6-3.

"They had a chance to win that one, they played really well."

Westgate from Thunder Bay won Glendale's final pool game 9-4.

"Again, a three and four-ender. It's tough to win when you give up the big ends. Maybe just a slight miss here, a slight miss there, and all of a sudden you get a big end. They called a pretty good game.

"Both myself and coach Al Robinson were very pleased with how they did at OFSAA. And they're young, so who knows, maybe they'll get back there again. It's not easy getting back, WOSSAA is a big area and it's tough to get out, but..."

The Gemini girls, with skip Lindee Declercq, vice Emma Cox, second Rachael Burley, lead Paige Turner and alternate Katie McCoy, won their first game against Bishop Allen Academy (Etobicoke) 8-5. Then defeated Widdifield (North Bay) 6-4 to go 2-0 on the opening day.

ESC Jeunesse-Nord (Blind River) upset the Glendale girls 8-6 in Game 3 after the Gemini had taken a 6-0 lead after three ends, stealing four and two points after blanking the first end. Blind River turned the tables stealing several ends to claw back for the win in a major momentum swing.

"You could see it happening," said Patterson.

The Gemini needed a win in Game 4 to make the quater-finals in the 20-team tournament.

Centre Dufferin (Shelburne) edged Glendale 6-4.

"We were up 3-1, 3-2, tied 3-3, up 4-3, tied 4-4 (after seven ends), then gave up a two-point steal," said Patterson.

"Overall, both teams did very well," Patterson stressed. "It's not an easy accomplishment getting to OFSAA. The girls also beat the bronze winners. Our teams were competitive, they did their school proud and overall both had successful seasons."

Glendale was one of five schools at the North Bay Granite Club that had both girls and boys teams in play. It was the first time Glendale has ever had both curling teams at the same OFSAA event. 

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