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Another awesome performance by Team Ryan, this time at the Viterra Men’s Provincial Curling Championships, held in Winkler, Manitoba.
The Manitoba Championship is a 32 team grind, especially when you lose your first game. Then, you battle through four wins to make the top eight. Another loss, this time a tight 5-3 contest against Team McKewen, forced the team into winning two sudden death games to get to Sunday’s semi vs Team McEwen once again.
McKewen showed why they were two time defending champs, and Team Ryan was felled 6-2. But finishing third, behind McKewen and Carruthers (the eventual champ this year), who are two of the best teams on the planet, is an accomplishment not soon forgotten.
That ends the competitive season for Team Ryan. We appreciate all the support shown by sponsors, friends and family this past year.
New team for next year as Colin and Billy age out. JT and Jacques are joined by Jordan Peters and Cole Chandler.
The same challenges to succeed, face us in 2018.
Team Ryan capped off their incredibly successful 2017/18 season by winning the bronze medal at the New Holland Canadian Jr Curling Championships, recently held in Shawinigan, Que.
A four way tie for second place (7-3) after the 10 game round robin, created a repeat of last year’s tie breaker, pitting Team Manitoba vs Team Ontario. Manitoba erased the memory of that extra end loss, with a 7-4 win in 10 thrilling ends.
Then, the semi final vs Team BC saw Manitoba down by three at the break, but one up without, after nine. The strong sweeping of Team BC was the difference though, hairing a guard in 10, scoring a deuce, and going on to victory in the final vs Team N Ontario.
Team Ryan is not yet ready to hang up the brooms, as they compete in the Viterra Men’s Provincial Championships beginning next week in Winkler.
If you play thirteen bonspiels and only win one, the Provincial Championship win makes up for all the rest.
Finishing 6-1 in their Pool, Team Ryan won the one v one page against Team Payette and then faced Team Peters in the final today in Altona.
Tied at three, with, in seven, Team Ryan was flawless, sinking rock after rock behind a centre guard. When Peters rubbed a stone in the top 12 with his last, JT and the team made no mistake, drawing a fourth counter in, to put the game out of reach at 7-3.
Team Ryan is excited to compete in the New Holland Canadian Junior Championships, January 13 – 21 in Shawinigan, Quebec.
Thanks go out to our families, friends, supporters and sponsors, without whom this accomplishment would simply have not been possible.
Hard work pays off.
Team Ryan’s strong cash Spiel performance this year resulted in them being awarded one of the CTRS berths for the Viterra, to be held Jan 30th – Feb 4th in Winkler.
This will be Team Ryan’s second trip to the men’s championship.
At the MCT Championship, Team Ryan took the long road, qualifying in their 11th straight event. In the Quarter, the team showed their Christmas spirit, giving Team Dennis Bohn steals in 5 and 6, finishing their cash Spiel season.
All in all a great season, fully preparing the team for the Canola Growers Junior Championships to be held in Altona Dec 26 – 31.
It’s hard to feel disappointed when you qualify in 10 consecutive bonspiels, but that is exactly how Team Ryan feels after falling once again in a semi-final. This time, qualifying through the “A” side led the team directly into the semi-final.
Maybe it was the two day lay over between the qualifier and the semi, but whatever the reason, Team Hunt emerged victorious and went on to the finals.
One last bonspiel next weekend, the Manitoba Curling Tour championship, where the top 16 men’s teams vie for the title, and one of three provincial men’s spots.
Then, it’s on to Altona Dec 26th for the Canola Junior Championships.
After an early stumble in their fist spiel of the year, Team Ryan has now qualified in their last nine bonspiels.
This week’s MCT event was The Sunova At East St Paul. Team Ryan qualified through the “B” side, but despite their strong play in the Quarter, fell to Team Bale.
Cautiously avoiding the Announcer’s Curse, this week Team Ryan will try to make it ten in a row at the Integrity Stakes, the final MCT event of the year before the Tour Championship.
A successful run in Brandon at this weekend’s invitational that saw teams from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and the northern States competing against the best that Manitoba has to offer.
Coming through a tie-breaker, Team Ryan won their Quarter, and in perhaps their finest game of the year, scored two in the 8th to emerge victorious against an excellent Team Stewart squad from Saskatchewan.
Our reward was taking on the Van Amsterdam team, last year’s Alberta Junior Finalists. The learning for us was that a 5 point spot is too deep a hole to crawl out of, Team Ryan eventually falling by a 5-4 score.
Team Ryan returns to Men’s play for the next three weeks, before a well earned pre-Christmas break, and on to Junior Provincials after that.
…someone is going to hit it.
Team Ryan faced five teams at the Kyle Flett Memorial, all trying to knock the Provincial Champs from their junior perch. Team Ryan displayed their mettle in the first four attempts, but Team Maisey showed that competition is alive and well in Manitoba junior curling, prevailing 6-4 in the semi.
Next up is Manitoba’s toughest junior event, the Sun Life Junior Challenge in Brandon.
Team Ryan traveled to Ottawa to participate in the invitational OVCA Brokerlink Superspiel, widely considered to be the preeminent junior spiel in the country.
Nine games in three days saw the team lose the A qualifier, and finally qualify through the C side by beating the USA National team, then a rematch with Team Willsey, a tough Ontario side in the semi.
The final was a rematch v Team Manuel of Nova Scotia. Battling back from a 3-0 deficit, Team Ryan took the game to an extra, where Matt Manuel made no mistake on his last rock to win the event.
Thanks to Tom Sinclair and the organizers and volunteers for a top notch event.
Team Ryan now takes a well deserved week off before returning to junior play at the Kyle Flett Memorial in Petersfield on Remembrance Day weekend.