Practice and game situations helped the Waskada School Boy’s curling team capture the Zone 9 banner for 2018-19. Five teams competed at the Wawanesa Curling Club, including Elkhorn, Virden, Wawanesa, Killarney and Waskada.
The Waskada rink consists of George Meggison (Skip), Ethan Radcliffe (Third), Bennett Radcliffe (Second), Dominic Flannery (Lead) and Jacob Holinaty (Fifth). They went undefeated at zones, beating Virden 6-2, Elkhorn 9-3 and Wawanesa 8-5 in the finals.
“We had a lot of fun at the event both on the ice and in the time between games. We had puta lot of work into practicing curling throughout the season and it felt great for all that work to help us bring home the banner,” said Meggison.
The team is coached by Kay McMillan who is a passionate teacher and curler herself. They felt confident going into provincials thanks to McMillan’s coaching. “We have been able to work on our skills and techniques throughout the past few years. We have been curling in the Waskada Mixed League and I think that this hands-on experience with actually playing against some good curlers gave us a bit of an advantage over some of the other high school teams. The league play really helped me in particular, to think of strategies and also learn how to read the ice – two skills that were definitely helpful in the Zones and Provincials,” said Meggison.
He said they weren’t as confident going into Provincials as realistically they were going to play some really good teams from all over Manitoba. They knew they had to bring their A-game. “We set out goal to just play our best and have some fun while doing it and we absolutely achieved that goal!”
In Game 1 against Carberry, Meggison said it was nice to play against some familiar faces to start out the competition. “We got an early lead and were able to hang on to it.”
Game 2 was against Winkler – the team had a rough start and ended up losing 10-2. A few unlucky misses provided the opportunity for the opposition to score some big ends.
As provincials are run on a double-knockout format, they had to keep winning to stay in the bonspiel. They faced The Pas in Game 3 and had a really close game. “It was very evenly matched and we ended up winning 7-5, keeping us in the competition.
Meggison said Game 4 against Strathclair was probably his favourite game. “Not because we won by a lot, or because it was a very close and evenly matched game, but because it was a friendly game and we visited and joked around with the other team a little bit, which made it so much more enjoyable. We ended up winning that game 7-5 which put us in the quarter-finals.”
In Game 5 the team was up against a rink from Winnipeg and they lost 9-2. Meggison was excited to learn after the game that Waskada School had made it to the top 6 out of 16!
Overall the guys had a great experience and enjoyed success along the way.
“We had so much fun curling together and I’m glad we were able to pull together the team for my last year of high school. It was definitely a weekend we will never forget,” concluded Meggison.