After a strong showing at the OUA Championships, Brock Men’s and Women’s Curling took to Kelowna, British Columbia as they earned a berth to the CIS Championships.
The men bounced back in the OUA this year by winning the bronze medal after losing the bronze match in 2015. The 7-3 win over Queen’s earned them a berth to the CIS Championship alongside OUA team’s Laurier and Waterloo.
For Brock Women, they won the OUA silver medal for the second consecutive year after a loss to Laurier in the OUA Championships. Guelph, the OUA bronze medalist winners, would be the third OUA women’s team joining Brock and Laurier.
The four day event began on March 20, as Brock men would open play versus OUA silver medalist Waterloo. The men came out strong, but a strong fifth end by Waterloo had the Badgers trailing by a score of 6-2. However, five total points in the sixth and seventh end helped the Badgers edge the Warriors 10-8.
The Badgers would then fall to Alberta by a score of 10-3, as Brock ended the first day with a 1-1 record. On day two, Brock would lose to Victoria 11-6, edge Dalhousie 8-7 and ended the day with a 9-4 loss to Laurier.
Heading into the third day of preliminary play, the Badgers needed two wins to advance to the medal rounds. The men came out strong to pick up an 8-2 win over the University of British Columbia and a 7-4 victory over Saint Mary’s, which clinched a spot to the CIS semi-finals.
The Badgers would face Alberta (who went 7-0 in preliminary play) in the semi-finals, and Victoria would play Laurier in the other match. For the Badgers, it was a tough start versus Alberta, as seven early points lifted the Golden Bears to a 9-3 win. Laurier would pick up a win over Victoria 6-4, meaning the Badgers would play for bronze versus the Vikes.
Unfortunately, the Vikes picked up multiple points in the fifth and seventh end during the bronze medal match, which lifted them to a 7-3 win over the Badgers.
It was a great showing for the men all week as they proved to be a dominate team in the CIS. A tough OUA bronze medal loss in 2015 is now in the past, as the Badger men bounced back this year to win OUA bronze and finish fourth at the CIS Championships.
Over on the women’s side, day one was not the start the Badgers wanted as they would lose to fellow OUA team Guelph 5-3. The first day would conclude with a 5-3 loss to Dalhousie for the Badgers, but a chance at a CIS medal was not yet over for Brock.
On day two the Badgers picked up an 8-4 win over the University of New Brunswick, but two earlier losses on the day to Brandon University and Alberta put them at a 1-4 record. However, on the final day of preliminary play the Badgers picked up a 7-2 win over Thompson Rivers and a 9-7 win over Laurier. The Badgers would finish the CIS Championships with a 3-4 record, tied for fifth place.
The most impressive victory for the Badgers was against the Golden Hawks, as Brock had previously lost two straight OUA titles to Laurier.
Overall, on the men side Laurier would go onto win the CIS Championship with a 7-4 win over Alberta. For the women, Alberta would win the CIS Championship with a 5-4 win over Thompson Rivers, and Guelph would win CIS bronze with an 11-7 win over Dalhousie.
Brock Men’s and Women’s Curling will now return home to St. Catharines after a strong showing at the CIS Championships. Make sure to pick up The Brock Press on March 29 for an expanded article on Brock Curling’s success at the CIS Championships.