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Sunday, Sep. 23, 2018
Team Horgan closes season with Players Championship
by Randy Pascal

Another great weekend of curling for the local quartet of Tanner Horgan, Jacob Horgan, Nicholas Bissonnette and Maxime Blais, as the local rink that captured bronze at the national U21 championships earlier this year closed off their season in style this past Sunday in St Thomas.

The Horgan rink cemented their spot as a junior team to watch in 2017-2018, walking off with the men’s crown at the Junior Slam Series U21 Players Championship. The Copper Cliff Curling Club representatives cruised through pool play with a record of 4-0, earning the second seed as quarter-final action began Saturday evening.

The locals doubled Ryan Hahn from Ottawa, but curling out of Mississauga, 4-2, scoring twice in the opening end and building up a 4-1 lead after five. Horgan and company then made short work of the Aiden Poole team from Chatham in the semi-finals, breaking open a 3-3 tie after five by scoring four over the course of the next two ends and winning 7-3.

Things would remain much closer in the final against the team skipped by Charlie Richard of Woodstock, as Horgan scored two in both the first and sixth ends, surrendering a deuce to his opponent only in end four. Leading 4-2 heading to seven, the Sudbury teens (+ Blais from Smooth Rock Falls) forced Richard to take one in the seventh, before the champs would close things off with a single of their own in eight, recording a 5-3 win.

Still with curling, the Tracy Fleury rink added vice Andrea Crawford from New Brunswick to the mix for their most recent bonspiel in Scotland, making their way to the quarter-finals before dropping a tough 6-5 decision to fellow Ontarian Allison Flaxey.

Competing at the 2017 CCT City of Perth Ladies International in a field of 24 teams, the quintet that included Tracy Fleury, Jenna Walsh, Amanda Gates, Crawford and alternate Crystal Webster posted a record of 4-1 in pool play, second only to Satsuki Fujisawa of Japan in the “D” grouping.

Flaxey would continue to roll after eliminating the Fleury squad, eventually claiming the title with a 5-3 win over Silvana Tirinzoni of Switzerland.

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