TRURO – Nova Scotia is headed to the playoff round at the Canadian Junior Women’s Curling Championship in Liverpool.
Hilden’s Karlee Burgess, 15, throws second stones for the young Chester Curling Club team, which is skipped by Mary Fay, 15, and also includes Jennifer Smith, 15, and Janique LeBlanc, 16.
Fay finished tied with Ontario’s Molly Greenwood atop the Pool B standings with a 5-1 record after finishing the round robin this morning with a 10-5 win over New Brunswick’s Jessica Daigle.
Fay and Greenwood finished the round-robin second overall behind Alberta’s Kelsey Rocque (6-0).
The top three teams from each pool plus two other teams with the next-best records advance to the playoff round, which is a four-game round robin that runs until Friday.
The women’s final is slated for Saturday while the men’s champion will be declared Sunday. Both finals will be shown live on TSN at 4 p.m. Atlantic time.
Fay built a 5-0 lead after three ends against Daigle before the New Brunswick skip clawed one point back in the fourth. But Fay didn’t let off the gas and scored two in both the fifth and sixth ends for a 9-1 cushion. After two in the seventh and another in the eighth for Daigle, Fay iced the contest with a single point in the ninth.
Fay qualified for the event by winning the provincial championship over the holidays at Lakeshore Curling Club.