Both Ontario and British Columbia teams to battle for Gold at the 2011 Canada Winter Games

The first encounter of the crossover saw first place in pool B and second seed British Columbia take on fourth seed Quebec, it was unfortunate that the match was early given that quality of the match between both team and the lack of spectator. In the end it was British Columbia who got the upper hand and took home the victory over Quebec 4-0 and a place in tomorrow gold medal match.  Joining British Columbia in the final will be defending champion from 2007 Ontario who defeated Alberta 4-0 in the late morning session. British Columbia is guaranteed to improve their placement at the Games having finish 3rd at the last Games.

Following a 4-0 win over Saskatchewan, Northwest ensured that they would have their best results at the Games since their inception and will be facing Manitoba in what should be a great match. Manitoba defeated local team Nova Scotia in the final boys session of the day 4-0. Both teams will be squaring off in the morning session to determine 5th and 6th place at the 2011 Games.

The first girl session involved Manitoba and Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia got some redemption over Manitoba has their girls team defeated Manitoba 4-0 and will play for 5th place on Thursday. Nova Scotia will be playing Prince Edward Island in a rematch of the “battle of the Atlantic” as they defeated Northwest Territories 3-1. The last match determined the winner however after taking a 2-0 lead Nova Scotia, Dominique Jure of NWT battle to take the next two and bring back the teams to square one.  It was a battle in the fifth and final match with Nova Scotia having the upper hand 11-6,11-6,9-11,9-11, 11-7.  British Columbia booked their ticket to Thursday final with a win over Quebec 3-1.

The final match of the day featured Ontario and Alberta, with Ontario walking away with the win 3-1. Spectators were in for a threat has they were treated to some very good squash between player at the number position and junior squad member Danielle Letourneau (AB) and Hollie Naughton (ON). Danielle took an early 2-0 lead in games by making some great shots. However, in the third it was an all new Naughton coming in regroup and refocus taking the third game 11-5. In the fourth, Letourneau took an early lead but Naughton battled through and tied things up 5-5.  Both player than exchanged point and before you know it Naughton was serving for match ball, Letourneau was able to sustain the pressure and tie things up to 10 all. Unfortunately for her Naughton won the next two rallies to take the forth and tie match 2-2.  Naughton was able complete the come from behind win with a 11-7 win in the fifth to take the match 3-2.    

Final day Matchup

Men

Gold Medal – Ontario vs British Columbia

Bronze Medal – Alberta vs Quebec

5th/6th place – Northwest Territories vs Manitoba

7th/8th place – Saskatchewan vs Nova Scotia

9th/10th – Yukon vs Prince Edward Island

Women

Gold Medal – Ontario vs British Columbia

Bronze Medal – Alberta vs Quebec

5th/6th place –  Nova Scotia vs Prince Edward Island

7th/8th place – Manitoba vs Northwest Territories

9th/10th place –  Yukon vs Saskatchewan

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