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Mackenzie Mitchell bows out in semifinal round in quest for provincial curling gold

Skip Mackenzie Mitchell of Corner Brook keeps an eye on her sweepers Mikayla O’Reilly (left) and Charlotte Cluney during the semifinal matchup against Julie Pitcher of Re/Max Centre in St. John’s Monday morning at the Gander Curling Club.
Skip Mackenzie Mitchell of Corner Brook keeps an eye on her sweepers Mikayla O’Reilly (left) and Charlotte Cluney during the semifinal matchup against Julie Pitcher of Re/Max Centre in St. John’s Monday morning at the Gander Curling Club.

A berth in the final just wasn’t meant to be for a new female curling foursome out of the Corner Brook Curling Club.

Mackenzie Mitchell, skip for a Corner Brook Under-18 women’s team that includes Charlotte Cluney, Mikayla O’Reilly and Ainsleigh Piercey, lost to Julie Pitcher of Re/Max Centre in St. John’s by an 8-7 score in a semifinal showdown Monday morning at the Gander Curling Club.

Mitchell, who is only 15 — like the rest of her rink — and being groomed for a chance at being the province’s female curling representative at the 2019 Canada Winter Games, fell behind 7-4 after seven ends, but rallied back to score a trio of rocks in the eighth to even the contest.

But hope faded when Pitcher picked up a single point in the ninth to seal the deal and earn a date with fellow clubmate Mackenzie Glynn of St. John’s in the final.

Glynn won the provincial Under-18 women’s crown with a 7-3 victory over Pitcher Monday afternoon.

The Daniel Bruce foursome, representing the Corner Brook Curling Club, had to settle for silver when the last rock was thrown in the Under-18 men’s bracket at the Gander Curling Club Sunday night.

Andrew Lawrence of the Re/Max Centre in St. John’s picked up a deuce in the eighth end to defeat Bruce and company by a 7-5 score in a nailbiter to decide the provincial Under-18 men’s champion.

The Bruce entry, which included third Ryan McNeil Lamswood, lead Nathan King and second Andrew Bruce, registered a 5-2 win over Lawrence in round-robin play, so the only blemish on his weekend record was the final showdown.

Samantha Cassell of the Caribou Curling Club, one of three teams competing for gold in the Under-16 women’s bracket, finished with a 2-2 record as Emily Neary of the Re/Max Centre in St. John’s won the title with a perfect 4-0 record.

Mackenzie Mitchell, skip for a Corner Brook Under-18 women’s team that includes Charlotte Cluney, Mikayla O’Reilly and Ainsleigh Piercey, lost to Julie Pitcher of Re/Max Centre in St. John’s by an 8-7 score in a semifinal showdown Monday morning at the Gander Curling Club.

Mitchell, who is only 15 — like the rest of her rink — and being groomed for a chance at being the province’s female curling representative at the 2019 Canada Winter Games, fell behind 7-4 after seven ends, but rallied back to score a trio of rocks in the eighth to even the contest.

But hope faded when Pitcher picked up a single point in the ninth to seal the deal and earn a date with fellow clubmate Mackenzie Glynn of St. John’s in the final.

Glynn won the provincial Under-18 women’s crown with a 7-3 victory over Pitcher Monday afternoon.

The Daniel Bruce foursome, representing the Corner Brook Curling Club, had to settle for silver when the last rock was thrown in the Under-18 men’s bracket at the Gander Curling Club Sunday night.

Andrew Lawrence of the Re/Max Centre in St. John’s picked up a deuce in the eighth end to defeat Bruce and company by a 7-5 score in a nailbiter to decide the provincial Under-18 men’s champion.

The Bruce entry, which included third Ryan McNeil Lamswood, lead Nathan King and second Andrew Bruce, registered a 5-2 win over Lawrence in round-robin play, so the only blemish on his weekend record was the final showdown.

Samantha Cassell of the Caribou Curling Club, one of three teams competing for gold in the Under-16 women’s bracket, finished with a 2-2 record as Emily Neary of the Re/Max Centre in St. John’s won the title with a perfect 4-0 record.

Ryan McNeil Lamswood (right) and Andrew Bruce of the Daniel Bruce foursome out of the Corner Brook Curling Club focus on sweeping a stone into the house during a round-robin game against Corner Brook’s Devon Knight at the provincial Under-18 men’s curling event held this past weekend at the Gander Curling Club.

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