Brock men’s curling win Gold at OUA Championships; women earn Bronze

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Brock Curling continued its under the radar success this past weekend at the OUA Championships. Both the men and women qualified for the playoffs following successful round robin play in Sault Ste. Marie – the championships were hosted by Algoma University.

Following round robin play, the men continued their fantastic play to earn their first OUA Championship since 2007 and third in program history.

The weekend didn’t get off to the greatest start for the men, as they dropped a 7-6 decision to Queen’s before winning five straight. Against Queen’s, the Badgers went into the eighth end leading 6-5, but the Gaels were able to put up two in the final end to come away with the win.

To round out day one, the Badgers picked up a convincing 8-2 win over Algoma. Day two got off to similar success, with Brock beating Trent 6-2 and Guelph 7-5. Against Guelph, the Badgers went into the eighth end tied 5-5, before picking up two points to win the match. Day three continued with a similar dominating performance from the Badgers, beating Carleton 7-2 and Lakehead 9-2.

Waterloo would end the Badgers success on day four with a 4-3 win, however the men had already clinched a quarter-final berth with a 5-2 round robin record.

In the quarter-finals, Brock got off to a fast start leading Laurentian 3-0 after the fourth end. Laurentian would get one back in the fifth end, but the Badgers would answer back for a point of their own. The match ended in seven ends, with Brock winning 4-2.

With an early morning semi-final match, the Badgers had to get through the same Waterloo team that beat them earlier in the weekend. The Warriors would take a 1-0 lead after two ends, but after that it was all Brock. A point in each of the next three ends gave Brock a 3-1 lead after five, and the Warriors answered with one in the sixth. A four-point seventh end eventually gave the Badgers a 7-2 win to move on to the finals.

In the gold medal match versus the Ryerson Rams, the Badgers started strong taking a 3-2 lead after three ends. With back and forth one-point ends, the Badgers went into the seventh end with a 5-3 lead. The Rams pushed back to send the match to the eighth end in a 5-5 tie. Then in the final end, the Badgers were able to tack on one to clinch their victory 6-5.

The gold medal is the Badgers first medal since 2016, when they won bronze.

Round robin wasn’t so easy for Brock women’s curling, as their playoff hopes came down to the final match of round robin.

Brock would fall to Laurentian 9-6, after three points in the final two ends were not enough to help the Badgers. Day one would close out with the Badgers getting three points in the eighth end to beat Western 5-4. Day two was a similar story, as the Badgers split their two matches beating Waterloo 7-4, but losing to Guelph 8-5. In their lone match on day three, Brock beat Carleton 5-4 and in their must-win on day four, the Badgers dominated McMaster 7-2.

In the quarter-finals, the Badgers took on the number one seeded Toronto Varsity Blues. Toronto would take a 1-0 lead after two ends, but Brock answered fast with two ends where they scored three each, giving them a 6-2 lead after five ends. The seventh end sent the Badgers to the semi-finals, as they scored four for a 10-3 win.

It was a tough start to the semi-finals, as Queen’s would go up 3-0 after one end. The Badgers got two back after three, but Queen’s followed with three points in the fourth and sixth end, giving them a 9-3 win.

In the bronze medal match, the Badgers took a 2-1 lead after three ends, but Lakehead would answer with two in the fourth. After the sixth end, Lakehead held a 5-3 lead over Brock, but the Badgers found a way to comeback to tie it 5-5. Just like the men did in their final match, the women also got a point in the eighth end to beat Lakehead 6-5 for the bronze medal.

The bronze is the third medal in four years for Brock women’s curling, as they earned silver in both 2015 and 2016.

Led by head coach Murray Etherington, the Badgers saw fantastic play from all of their players. The men’s team was led by Eric Bradey, Ben Hughes and Nick Lemieux. For the women, Jeanette Burnside, Joanna Francolini, Marcia Richardson, Jessica Humphries and Terri Weeks all played a huge role in the team’s success.

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