Win for teen curlers
|By Matthew Desrosiers - Editor | December 23, 2014
Alyssa Denyer’s rink has served noticed that they’re a force to be reckoned with in the province’s Bantam curling division.
Despite a rocky start to their season, the girls were dominant on Dec. 13 at the Bantam Invitational Curling Bonspiel at the Oshawa Curling Club. The one-day, two-game spiel saw the girls defeat Annandale 11-1 in six ends, followed by an 11-2 win over Oshawa.
“It felt really good,” said Denyer. “We started off a little rough with our season, so to win a big one was important.”
Her rink consists of vice Emma Cox, second Tori Hawley, and lead Emma Seed-Binnie.
Denyer said in the first two bonspiels of the season, the team always started strong, but faded in the second game.
“In Oshawa, we played the first game and had a different mindset towards it,” she said. “We were coming in super focused, and knew we were ready to go.”
After the team’s first big win over Annandale, they took some time to refocus before the next game.
“We made sure we set aside at least 20 minutes for team focus time, to make sure we all knew the game plan for the next game. We weren’t having as much social time as we used to do. We made sure we had focus throughout the entire day.”
“[The win] against Oshawa was great.”
Three members of the team, Denyer, Cox and Hawley, have been playing together for five years. However, Seed-Binnie is new this year.
“We really came together as a team,” Denyer said. “We all knew what shot we were making, what we should call, and how to make it. It was really important we all stick together. We just blended this weekend, and it made us feel good about our future.”
Looking ahead, the girls all aspire to reach the top in their sport.
“Our long term goal would be the Scotties and things like that,” she said. “It’s a lot of work and you have to work to get there. There are a lot of deserving teams out there … We know we have some great competition and each and every one of us is going to go far.”
But first, the girls continue to try and make their mark in the Bantam division. Next for the team is the Toronto Curling Association play downs in Oshawa over the Christmas break, which will prepare them for their Ontario Curling Association play downs beginning in January. The team starts off in Lakefield, playing in a zone bonspiel.
“We definitely want to pull together to win zone,” said Denyer. “I know we can keep doing what we’re doing, and stay focused for our second game. We have higher expectations to win zones, win regionals, and are aiming for provincials this year.”
Denyer’s rink curls out of the Minden Curling Club, and are sponsored by Fenelon Falls Subway, the Fenelon Rotary Club, Dollo’s Foodland, and Scotto Electric in Toronto.
MATTHEW DESROSIERS is the editor of The Highlander.