Trickett Wins Provincial Junior Title

Updated: January 10, 2014
Newfoundland Curling | Newfoundland Sports Talk

Stephen Trickett picked up the Newfoundland and Labrador junior curling championship in December, securing a spot at the Canadian Nationals.

In what was an unlikely pairing, Trickett found himself teammates with the person who defeated him at last year’s finals – Adam Boland. During that match, Boland had to win twice over Trickett to secure the victory. This year’s championship was a deja vu moment as Trickett needed to do the same thing this year but against James Bryson of the Bally Hally club from St. John’s.

Trickett was the easy victor in game one, defeating Bryson in a match that ended after just 7 ends by a score of 9-3. However, Bryson was much more on his game in the second matching, taking a 6-4 lead into the ninth end.

With his back to the wall, Trickett stole a single point in the ninth, bringing the score 6-5. Bryson got himself into trouble in the tenth end and left the door open for Trickett to steal 2, earning the 7-6 win and a trip to the nationals.

Boland who will make a return trip to the nationals said “It’s probably the most nervous I’ve ever been in a curling game. They scored two in teh eigth, and it was actually a measurement for two and you could tell they were really feeling it.” He credits the skip Trickett for making a few key draws to steal the points as a key to the come from behind victory.

The win was a major accomplishing given that the Bryson rink had defeated Trickett 11-1 in the round robin.

Trickett and Boland, along with Evan Kearley and Zach Young will head to the nationals in Liverpool, Nova Scotia scheduled to take place January 18-26.

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