OGG, MCGILLIVRAY TEAMS WINS MJCT CHAMPIONSHIP

(Submitted by Eric McGillivray for MJCT) Another junior curling season wrapped up this weekend at The Heather Curling Club. An invitation was sent to the top 8 men’s and women’s teams on the MJCT circuit. The prizes involve a CurlManitoba Provincial Berth, Asham gear, cash, and bragging rights.

MJCT PHOTO – Team Ogg with Albert Bazinet – MJCT President, (l-r: Emily Ogg, Mikaylah Lyburn, Katie Zacharias, Mackenzie Arbuckle)

The Semi-finalist round featured Team Jensen (2-1) against Team Ogg (2-1) with Emily Ogg pulling out a 5-4 win in 8 ends as Emma Jensen’s last draw to the 4-foot glided too far through the house. In the other women’s semi-finalist round Team Beaudry (2-1) against Team Ehnes (2-1), had Grace Beaudry sailing to a 9-5 win in 7 ends. The women’s final took only 4 ends as Emily Ogg’s team cruised to an 8-1 win over Grace Beaudry’s team.

MJCT PHOTO – Team McGillivray with Albert Bazinet -MJCT President, (l-r: Thomas McGillivray, Aaron MacDonell, Johnny Trinke, Brennan Kezema)

In the men’s semi-finalist event Team Johnson (3-0) took on Team McDonald (2-1). It was a back an forth affair with Team McDonald leading by 3 in the 8th end. Victory wasn’t that easy as Team Johnson managed to score 3 and force an extra end. Jordon McDonald with hammer managed to score in the extra, with the final being 8-7. In the other men’s semi-final Team McGillivray (3-0) took on Team Steski (2-1). Thomas McGillivray’s team took the early lead and landed a 6-2 win in 7 ends.

The final between McGillivray and McDonald was a very exciting edge of your seat match. Jordon McDonald’s team was the favourite to win, but they ran into a red hot McGillivray Team. McGillivray jumped out to an early 2-0 lead and the teams traded points with McGillivray being up by one in the 8th without hammer. Jordon McDonald had a rock that was so well guarded that Thomas McGillivray had only a draw facing 3 to force McDonald to take one and go into an extra. In the extra end McGillivray played an open game and was sitting 2 in the house. McDonald’s last rock draw went just an inch too far and in the 8 foot and McGillivray ended up winning 6-5.

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