Competing in Chatham last week at the Ontario School Curling Championships, the boys rink representing Glengarry District High School garnered bronze, the team’s lone loss coming in the semifinal.
On Saturday morning, the Gaels squared off against Carleton Place High School. Coach Lindsey Howes reports that “it was a very close game and it came down to the last end.” The Glengarry boys were set up to score 1 without the hammer. “On our last shot, the guard was a little shy of where we needed it, and the CP skip capitalized for the win by stealing 3. As you can imagine this was a tough loss.” The final was 7-6.
The defeat sent GDHS on to play a team with home-ice advantage, Ursuline College School, for the bronze medal. Again this one was close. Gaels skip Addison Hay, with the help of precise line calling from third Braeden Hay and intense sweeping from Camden Van Loon and Caleb Raymond, made two beautiful shots in the last end for the 6-5 win.
The Gaels opened the competition with a 5-3 round-robin victory over Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate. The next morning, This morning, GD played St. John’s College from Brantford, prevailing 9-4, as the opposing team conceded after 6 ends.
In the afternoon, the Gaels tangled with Haliburton Highlands SS. After two blank ends, Haliburton stole 1 in the third. The fourth was another blank. GD scored 1 in the fifth and then stole 1 in the sixth to take the lead, but their opponents scored a single in the seventh to tie.
In the eighth end, the Haliburton skip made a beautiful draw to the button almost completely buried under a centre line guard. Glengarry’s skip responded, though, able to tap out the Haliburton stone to sit one for the win, 3-2.
“We played some really close games which helped us gain some great experience playing in high-pressure situations. My team really came together to win the bronze medal, making the long trip to Chatham worthwhile,” says skip Addison Hay.
The GD team was further honoured when two of their team members won positions on the all-star team. These awards are based on player stats during round-robin play. Addison Hay earned the spot of skip on the second all-star team and Braeden Hay was chosen as third on the first all-star team.
The GDHS rink would like to extend thanks to all the organizers, the Chatham Granite Club, and a special thanks to Denis and Jackie Bray who hosted the boys in their home during the tournament.