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Team Ryan went undefeated through the seven game round robin, then sneaking by in the 1 v 1 playoff, before winning the final going away.
The victory validates the decisions at this time last year of Jordan Peters (Second) and Cole Chandler (Lead) to join the team as it brought them their first provincial championship.
This victory also places JT Ryan and Jacques Gauthier in unique company as the only male players in Manitoba Junior Curling history to win three consecutive championships.
The job however, is not complete. The New Holland Canadian Junior Championships begin January 19th in Prince Albert, Sask.
The future of Junior Men’s curling in Manitoba is looking very bright indeed.
With a first round bye, it was three games to win the A-side Berth and qualify for the Canola Growers Junior Championship.
But it was 30 gruelling ends, all decided by last or second-to-last shot in 10. Teams Rutter, Johnson, and Friesen proved they can compete and win, and will all be excellent Provincial reps at some point.
After the weekend grind, it might actually be preferable to play men in this week’s Integrity Stakes at Thistle.
The Sun Life Junior Challenge in Brandon is a favourite for the teams invited. 16 men’s and 16 women’s team make for an enjoyable weekend for all, both on and off the ice.
But after going undefeated in their Pool, Team Ryan got scorched 11 – 3 in the Quarter finals by a red hot Team Dales from Saskatoon.
The Team is recovering with a heavy slathering of calamine lotion, in time for next week’s Berth Bonspiel in Portage la Prairie.
After the successful run through the OVCA in Ottawa, Team Ryan returned home, and returned to Earth at the deKalb Superspiel held in Morris.
This week, a 1-3 record meant an early exit for the team.
Next up. The invitational Sun Life Junior Challenge in Brandon.
Facing a tough 16 team international field, and without our Third, Jacques Gauthier for the first two days, Team Ryan played their best all weekend, racking up six straight wins to emerge victorious at the OVCA Superspiel in Ottawa this weekend, arguably the best junior spiel in the country.
Tied, with, in 10, Team Ryan drew for the winning point against Team Stopera, the US National junior team.
Time to change gears and see how we match up in the Men’s game next weekend at the deKalb Superspiel in Morris.
One week on from a disappointing showing, Team Ryan pulled up their socks and showed their abilities, coming from behind to earn a B side spot in the playoffs.
The quarter final however, was not kind. The team had their chances but could not close out the ends that counted against Team Chambers.
Well deserved or not, the team takes a week off before heading to Ottawa for the OVCA Superspiel, arguably the tp junior event in the country.
A rather mediocre performance by the team at this MCT event meant an opportunity to go home early and watch some football.
On to the Atkins Curling Supply Classic, sponsored by one of our generous sponsors, Rob Atkins, and hosted by our home club, Assiniboine Memorial.
Better results await us.
This event has fast become one of the premiere junior events in Manitoba with a $10,000 purse, and a Provincial berth on the line.
After a 3 – 0 Pool result, and a quarter-final victory vs. Team Watkins, Team Ryan faced the red-hot Hykaway team, and that team made no mistake, edging Team Ryan in the 8th.
Congrats to Team Walter, whose extra end victory vs. Team Hykaway in the subsequent final, earned them a well deserved Provincial berth.
Next stop – back to men’s events at the MCT Classic.
Team Ryan started the 2018/2019 season by going 3 – 1 in their Pool in the Mother Club spiel held Sept 22 – 24 at the venerable Granite Club in Winnipeg. Playoffs however, were not their friend, exiting in the quarter finals.
All in all, a good showing. Up next, the Larry Jones Classic, one of the premiere MJCT events held in Manitoba.
Team Ryan was excited to participate in NextGen 2026, held in Calgary April 20 – 22, 2018.
NextGen 2026, sponsored by the Canadian Olympic Association and by Own The Podium, invited Canada’s top four Junior and/or University Men’s and Women’s teams to participate in a three day program of on and off ice training and education, to help these athletes pursue their Canadian and Olympic championship aspirations.
The various sessions were led by a who’s who of Curling Canada national team coaches and representatives.
This was a great weekend for the new Team Ryan (JT, Jacques, Jordan and Cole) to bond for the first time, and the team came away with numerous learnings, from fitness, to sweeping effectiveness, to game strategy, all of which will be invaluable continuous learning for us in 2018/19.