With what promises to be a very exciting Best Western U21 Provincial Curling Championship playdown in Hearst now almost exactly one month away, the defending champion skip and her new team have pretty much wrapped up the prep competitions that take them into December.
The Curl Sudbury rink of Kira Brunton (skip), Lindsay Dubue (vice), Calissa Daly (second) and Jessica Leonard (lead) advanced through to the final of the Ottawa Jr Super Spiel, before making their way out to the east coast this past weekend, site of the Tim Horton's Spitfires Arms Cash Spiel.
Facing many of the top women's teams in Nova Scotia and the Atlantic provinces, the Brunton quartet posted a record of 2-2 in the preliminary round, enough to secure a spot in the quarter-finals.
Team Brunton were knotted in a 4-4 tie in the seventh end of their opening game, when Taylor Stevens (Halifax) counted three to pull away for a 7-4 win. The Ontarians would get that one back with a 4-3 victory over Colleen Pinkney of Truro, as Brunton capitalized on last rock advantage in the final end.
An early 6-1 lead in game three against Mary Mattatall (Dartmouth) came in handy as the Brunton crew held on for a 6-5 win against the woman who has represented Nova Scotia at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts on seven different occasions.
Surrendering three in both the first and sixth ends, the Sudbury reps would be chasing the defending Nova Scotia champs in their penultimate outing, eventually doubled 8-4 by skip Jill Brothers and her team.
Ironically, it was the Ontario rink led by Megan Balsdon that would eliminate Brunton and company from the playoffs, posting a 7-2 win, but subequently knocked out in the semi-finals by Sylvie Quillian (Moncton), who fell to Suzanne Birt of P.E.I. in the final.
With much of December devoted to practice time, Brunton closes off November with one last excursion, competing in a Mixed Doubles event that is being integrated into the curling festivities in Leduc (AB), as the western venue serves as host for both the Canadian Club Curling Championship, as well as the Home Hardware Canada Cup event.