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Rebecca Roberts proud of the way her rink challenged for provincial junior curling crown

Sydney Parsons (left) and Chantal Newell of the Rebecca Roberts rink sweep a shot in the sixth end of their 2016 U21 provincial ladies’ final against the Brooke Godsland rink at the Re/MAX Centre on Thursday morning.
Sydney Parsons (left) and Chantal Newell of the Rebecca Roberts rink sweep a shot in the sixth end of their 2016 U21 provincial ladies’ final against the Brooke Godsland rink at the Re/MAX Centre on Thursday morning.

Rebecca Roberts couldn’t help but be disappointed when she was so close to knocking off the defending champion, but she takes pride in knowing her rink left it all on the ice in the attempt.

Roberts, a Kippens native who skips her own rink out of St. John’s, lost 7-5 to defending champion and club mate Brook Godsland in the final game of the provincial Under-21 female curling championship Thursday at the ReMax Centre in the capital city.

Godsland could have claimed another title with a win over Roberts Wednesday night, but Roberts, whose rink also includes Kippens native Chantal Newell, stole two points in the final end for a 7-5 win to force another game Thursday.

Since Godsland was undefeated in preliminary play — a clean slate that included a 12-9 win over Roberts in extra ends — she had to be beaten twice to lose the crown.

“It’s rough, for sure, but we’re proud of what we accomplished,” Roberts said Thursday afternoon.

She said her foursome played some awesome curling all week and gave the defending champion a good run, especially given the nail-biter in the round-robin, where the score was tied 9-9 after nine ends and set the stage for an exciting final.

“The last round-robin draw between the two of us was for first place and it came down to last rock and we actually had a pick on our last rock, so I mean it was rough and that’s what it is because that’s curling, but we’re proud of how we performed,” she said.

Roberts was happy to share the ice with a group of girls who kept focused on the task at hand, even when Newell had to be replaced by a spare midway through the final game due to muscle spasms in her leg.

“That was really tough on us, but we all gave it our all,” she said.

Roberts, a Kippens native who skips her own rink out of St. John’s, lost 7-5 to defending champion and club mate Brook Godsland in the final game of the provincial Under-21 female curling championship Thursday at the ReMax Centre in the capital city.

Godsland could have claimed another title with a win over Roberts Wednesday night, but Roberts, whose rink also includes Kippens native Chantal Newell, stole two points in the final end for a 7-5 win to force another game Thursday.

Since Godsland was undefeated in preliminary play — a clean slate that included a 12-9 win over Roberts in extra ends — she had to be beaten twice to lose the crown.

“It’s rough, for sure, but we’re proud of what we accomplished,” Roberts said Thursday afternoon.

She said her foursome played some awesome curling all week and gave the defending champion a good run, especially given the nail-biter in the round-robin, where the score was tied 9-9 after nine ends and set the stage for an exciting final.

“The last round-robin draw between the two of us was for first place and it came down to last rock and we actually had a pick on our last rock, so I mean it was rough and that’s what it is because that’s curling, but we’re proud of how we performed,” she said.

Roberts was happy to share the ice with a group of girls who kept focused on the task at hand, even when Newell had to be replaced by a spare midway through the final game due to muscle spasms in her leg.

“That was really tough on us, but we all gave it our all,” she said.

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