The Bold women’s curling team placed third at the OUA women’s curling championship in Oshawa Feb. 3-5.
Heading into the championship, skip Courtney Auld had a clear goal. “I’d like to qualify. And then beyond that, I’d like to medal. I actually competed here in 2017 for Queen’s University and we lost in the quarters to Brock. That was a rough one.” she said.
The team began with a tough battle to the top of their pool with a 2-2 finish in the round robin, but qualified for the next round.
The Bold won its quarter-final match against Waterloo Warriors 5-4 after some missed shots from their opponent.
In the semi-finals, the team threw a close match against Laurentian Voyageurs, but lost 4-6.
“I think it was just probably one or two shots that just didn’t go our way. We had a really unfortunate pick in the last end,” said The Bold’s third, Cayla Auld.
In the teams’ final match of the championship, the team won 6-5 against Queen’s Gaels capturing the bronze medal.
“We knew we could do it and we knew that we could just make those kinds of bang on shots that just needed to be done, which we did,” said second Émilie Lovitt.
This win secured a spot for The Bold in the U SPORTS National Curling Championship. The team will head to Sudbury March 15-19, with the hopes to bring home a banner.
Coach Perry Marshall says the team’s experience means they are ready to take on the national championship.
“It’s all about the process. It’s all about execution. It’s all about their ability to be able to believe in what they see on the ice, believe in each other, and just go out and make shots,” he said.
Jessica Filipcic won the OUA First-Team All-Star award for her performance.