Coming into this curling season, Carberry’s Braden Calvert hadn’t won any provincial championships as a skip. Now he has two.
Calvert, and his team of third Shayne MacGranachan, second Cody Cherepuschak and lead Max Van Kommer, became provincial under-18 men’s champions in Ste. Anne on Sunday as they beat Matt Dunstone’s team, skipped by Cole Peters, 9-8 in the final.
Dunstone didn’t compete in the event as he was representing Team Canada at the world junior curling championships, in which he won a bronze medal, in Sochi, Russia.
“It feels good,” said Calvert, who won the provincial boys’ high school curling championship last month. “A lot of hard work in practice paid off. The team really played well and made my job easy.”
Calvert’s crew had a pretty solid weekend. They posted a 2-1 record in their group to reach the playoffs, with their only loss coming at the hands of Dunstone’s squad. They scored five points in the fourth end in their semifinal to beat Winnipeg’s Colin Kurz 8-6 and advance to the final.
The championship game turned in Calvert’s favour in the seventh end. Tied 4-4, the 17-year-old calmly made a draw for four to take control, but he gave up three in the next end and a steal of one after that. Calvert, however, made a quiet tap back with his final rock in the 10th end to win the championship.
“I just had thrown a draw similar to it, so I knew the path and the speed,” he said. “The brushers swept it good and I made it.”
This is as far as the Calvert team can go in U18 competition as there isn’t a national championship.
In the U18 women’s event, Pembina’s Hannah Brown defeated Miniota’s Lisa Rystephanuk 10-7 in a tiebreaker and Brandon’s Kaitlyn Payette 10-6 in the semifinal to reach Sunday’s final, which she won 12-6 over Gilbert Plains’ Raina Syrnyk.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition March 11, 2013