Team Brunton claims first event of the year
by Randy Pascal
The Kira Brunton Curl Sudbury U-21 junior women's rink sure looked like a team on a mission last weekend.
Opening their bonspiel schedule at the Royal Slam by Venue at the Kitchener-Waterloo Granite Club, the foursome of Brunton, Megan
Smith (vice), Sara Guy (second) and Kate Sherry (lead) absolutely cruised, from start to finish, reeling off seven straight wins with
the same ease with which they can convert an open takeout.
The noteworthy run began last Friday afternoon as Team Brunton doubled the Ariel Traxler rink from Fairbanks (Alaska) by a final count of 8-4,
setting the stage for a busy final 48 hours.
Competing in back to back to back draws on Saturday, the NOCA (Northern Ontario Curling Association) reps stopped the defending Ontario U21 championship
rink of Emma Wallingford (Ottawa) 7-4, bested the Parker Doig St George's Golf & Country Club (Etobicoke) rink 6-1, and closed off
with a 7-5 victory over Lindsay Kastrau of Ottawa.
A commitment to a more rigid off-ice conditioning program continued to pay dividends the next day, when the locals were forced to go three straight,
once again, beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Unfazed, the Sudbury quartet doubled Traxler for a second time (6-3 in the rematch), and proceded to make it look easy with a 6-0 whitewashing of
Team Wallingford in the semi-finals and a 9-2 clobbering of Breanna Rozon (Dundas Valley Golf and Country Club) in the championship affair.
The team will now put their seven game winning streak on the line this coming weekend, returning to southern Ontario for the Stu Sells Junior
Tankard at the Leaside Curling Club in Toronto.