GDHS Gaels curl to regional bonspiel triumph

The boys rink representing Glengarry District High School curled their way to victory over the weekend at an event in Deep River, earning a berth in the provincial championships.

Competing at the regional Ontario school championships, the Gaels, under the leadership of coach Lindsey Howes, capped off a successful weekend with an 8-5 win over a team from École secondaire catholique Garneau, from Ottawa.

Coach Howes reports that Garneau was up 3-0 after the second end. GD scored 2 in the third to tighten up the match. The Gaels held their opponent to a single point in the fourth, and in the fifth end, Glengarry scored 2 points to tie the game.

Garneau regained the lead in the next end, going ahead 5-4. With the hammer in the seventh, GD drew even at 5-5.

That gave Garneau the hammer for the last end.

“It was a very tense eighth end with great shots and misses from both teams,” says Howes. “On Addison’s [Hay] last shot, he made a beautiful draw that forced Garneau’s skip into attempting a very tough shot for the win. Garneau’s skip missed by a hair, giving GD the win, with a final score of 8-5. Our thanks to Paul Raymond, who convened the event, and to the Deep River Curling Club for hosting the event.”

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Curlers representing GDHS won the regional round of the Ontario school championships. From left are Liam Filion, Camden Van Loon, Braeden Hay, Addison Hay, and coach Lindsey Howes. (submitted photo)

Saturday action saw the Gaels win both round-robin games. The first was against East Northumberland Secondary School, which finished in a 7-0 decision after seven ends. Next, the Gaels topped West Carlton Secondary School 6-2, after running the opponents out of stones in the eighth end.

Gaels curlers in action at the regional Ontario school curling championships. (submitted photo)

With the triumph in Deep River, the boys have qualified for the provincial event, which is scheduled for February 13-15, in Chatham.

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