A curling team from Hay River has narrowly missed earning a berth in a national tournament.
The team – consisting of lead Glenn Smith, skip Jared Monkman throwing second stones, third Jesse Duford and Dan Richards throwing final stones – came in second place at the territorial playdowns for the Travelers Curling Club Championship which is set for November in Ottawa.
Smith said the Hay River team was inconsistent at the March 19 to 22 territorials in Inuvik.
“We didn’t do as well as we had hoped to do, I guess,” he said. “The competition was pretty tough up there and you get into new ice conditions that you’re not used to. So the home team really has an advantage there. Nonetheless, we didn’t play as well as we wanted to, but we were able to get a couple of wins in the round robin and move forward.”
The Hay River curlers made it to the final where they lost to the Nick Saturino team from Inuvik.
Smith said the winners were a good, tough team.
Hay River was in position to steal a point and win a final game – under the rules they would have had to beat the Inuvik team twice – but Smith said Saturino made a beautiful shot to get closer to the button.
“So we lost that game and then we were done,” said the Hay River lead.
“We made it close, but the stronger team that weekend definitely won,” he said.
There were three teams at the playdowns – Hay River and two from Inuvik. A team from Yellowknife was scheduled to play, but didn’t make the tournament.
The Travelers Curling Club Championship was known as the Dominion Curling Club Championship from 2009 to 2013.
Hay River has represented the NWT at the tournament several times in the past.
“Hay River has had some experience at this event,” said Smith, who himself twice played in the tournament. “It’s a great event.”
The championship is designed for club-level curlers.