New Brunswick and Yukon Show True Meaning of Sportsmanship on Last Day of Games

Yukon 0 – New Brunswick 10

Dartmouth, N.S. – New Brunswick may have won its last matchup at the Canada Winter Games by a wide margin, with a 10-0 shutout over the Yukon in relegation action, but it wasn’t so much about the score on the board as it was about the positive attitudes of players on both squads Saturday inside the Sportsplex.

The teams fought hard on the ice, but they also had a lot of fun doing it, with the New Brunswick players encouraging the less experienced Yukon players and raising their sticks in respect and admiration of the determined little squad from up north at the end of the game. The teams also posed for photos and mugged for the camera together at the end of the game, in a true display of sportsmanship that won’t soon be forgotten.

Sam Bujold (Rothesay, N.B.), Anissa Gamble (Fredericton, N.B.) and Connor Garagan (Fredericton, N.B.) all contributed a couple of markers each, while Heather Braun (Plaster Rock, N.B.), Schyler Campbell (Rexton, N.B.), Leanne Gallant (Newbridge, N.B.) and Josée Léger (Cap Pelé, N.B.) had singles  for New Brunswick.

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Shirley Fu wins Gold Medal in Table Tennis Girls’ Singles

The gold medal final for girls’ singles was a matchup of the top seed from British Columbia, Shirley Fu against the giant killer from Quebec, Annie Coulombe.  Annie has beaten the 2nd and 3rd seeds in the quarters and semi’s respectively to be a surprise finalist.

Shirley took control of the first game by going up 5-1 early and taking game 1 by a score of 11-4.  In the second, it was Annie’s turn to go up 5-1 but, unlike Shirley, was not able to hold the lead and lost 11-7. Annie showed she was a fighter in the 3rd game digging balls far away from the table and not giving Shirley any easy points.  Annie was up 10-6 but Fu saved 3 game points to make it 10-9.  Annie was able to win the next point and extend the match to the 4th game with a 11-9 victory in game 3.  Shirley’s experience proved to be too much for Annie as she was able to win the 4th game 11-1 and take home the gold for British Columbia. 

Fu said she was “excited, I feel so accomplished now” when asked about her performance at the 2011 Halifax Canada Games where she won 3 medals including 2 gold medals.

Annie, the 14 year old from Quebec and the 11th seed to start the tournament had nothing to hang her head about as she showed great fight, potential and also had 2 of the biggest upsets of the tournament.

The bronze medal match between Alberta’s Roxana Pao and Jiawei Liu from Ontario was an exciting one.  Pao came back from being down 2 games to 1 to win the last 2 games by scores of 11-4 and 11-8 to score a 3-2 victory and win the bronze medal for Alberta.

Ontario wins gold in men’s curling at the 2011 Canada Winter Games

Halifax, NS – Ontario and Saskatchewan were battling for the gold medal in front of a packed house at the Mayflower Curling Club.  Ontario opened the game with a single point in the 1st end.  Saskatchwan countered with 2 in the 2nd.  In the 3rd end Saskatchewans’ third and skip missed on a couple of shots, Ontario capitalized and scored a duce back. 

Playing the 4th, Ontario was lieing shot on the top 4 foot behind cover, Saskatchewan skip Brady Scharback had a draw to the button through a port for a single point.  The sweeper pounded it out of his hand and dragged it to the full four and the point.  The score was tied up 3-3 heading into the 4th end break. 

In the 5th there were a number of great run backs made by both teams.  Each battling for better positioning behind quards.  On Ontario skips first rock he attempted a draw around a corner guard, only to remain in the open.  Saskatchewan hit and roll ended up a nose hit to lie 3.  Ontario played the hit and got their single point.  The score after five was 4-3 for Ontario.

Saskatchewan had the hammer in the 6th end, lieing one burried biting the 4 foot, Ontario Skips last rock did not curl, Saskatchewan had a nice easy hit for two and the lead for the first time in the game. The score was 5-4 for the team in green.

Ontario blanked the 7th to keep hammer heading into the 8th end.  The 8th end game down to last rocks.  The first half of the end the teams exchanged open hits.  On Saskatchewan’s thirds first rock, he hit and rolled behind a  guard on the four foot line.  Ontario attempted a come around draw only to rub off Sasktachewans rock.  Saskatchewan hit the Ontario stone to lie two in the house.  Ontario down to only three rocks, they attempted a hit and roll to sit behind the guard.  Saskatchewan attempted run back on the guard to pick the rock out of the house went wide.  Ontario drew in to lie two.  On Saskatchewan’s last rock, they were left with a hit and roll.  He nosed the Ontario stone to lie first and third and Ontario was second shot.  On their final stone, Ontario hit and rolled to score to and the win.  The final was 6-5 for Ontario.

Final Standings – Men’s Curling

Gold Medal – Ontario

Silver Medal – Saskatchewan

Bronze Medal – Manitoba

4th Place – New Brunswick

5th Place – Nova Scotia

6th Place – Alberta

7th Place – Quebec

8th Place – British Columbia

9th Place – Newfoundland and Labrador

10th Place – Northwest Territories

11th Place – Prince Edward Island

12th Place – Yukon

Ontario, Quebec Take Gold. New Brunswick Surprises, in Judo Team Competition

Team Quebec looks on during the Gold Medal match of the Team Event for Judo at the 2011 Canada Games in Halifax

The Canada Games judo team competition is a unique and exciting opportunity for the athletes competing in the event. Normally an individual sport, the Canada Games is often the only opportunity these athletes will have to participate in a team event. The camaraderie and excitement that comes along with the team event is an experience that will provide many of the judoka with some of their most memorable moments of the games. Describing the team event, Nova Scotia’s Dylan Landry said, “coming together as individuals to compete as a team creates a new atmosphere and gives us a new perspective on our sport. You are not only worrying about your personal result, you want all your team members to do well.”

For the team competition, five athletes from each province face off in a single elimination draw. Athletes face off against the competing team’s player in their same weight category. After the five matches are contested, the points from each match are tallied and the team with the most points moves on. The men’s and women’s teams compete in separate events.

On the men’s side, the top seeded Quebec put forward an excellent performance, racking up victories over Newfoundland & Labrador and Manitoba before defeating British Columbia in the finals.  The bronze medal competition saw a surprisingly strong New Brunswick team take on Manitoba, with Manitoba getting the win after a tight competition.

Quebec also had a strong showing on the women’s side, making it to the finals where they took on Ontario. After a thrilling contest that ended in a tie, Ontario pulled off the upset victory with an ippon by Jaya Creavalle in the tiebreaker match. New Brunswick’s women followed up their impressive showing in the individual competition to take the bronze medal over Saskatchewan, despite being down two competitors due to injury.

With three straight days of great crowds and skilled performances, the 2011 Canada Games competition leaves a legacy of raising the profile of judo in Nova Scotia and introducing the country several of its future Olympians. All of the volunteers and organizers deserve tons of credit and appreciation for putting together such a successful event.

Ontario Wins Gold Medal in Mixed Doubles Table Tennis

Ontario’s James Pintea and Hollie Lau played Roxana Pao and Calvin Chong from Alberta for the gold medal in mixed doubles.

Alberta was able to win game 1 by a score of 11-9 on its 4th game point after being up 10-6.  Ontario rebounded to win game 2, 11-6 to even the match at 1 game apiece.  The key point in game 3 was taking a timeout at 10-8 after losing 2 game points.  Even though Ontario lost the next point to make it 10-9, they were able to win the next point and win 11-9 to move 2 games to 1 up.  The 4th game was another tight one but Ontario was able to win it 11-9 and take the gold medal.

When asked what were your first thought after winning the last point, James Pintea said “we get a gold medal”.  James added “we have to be strong mentally to win a match like this” when questioned about playing a strong team such Alberta.

In the bronze medal match, British Columbia’s Mike Yue and Teri Zhou came from 2 games to 1 down against Quebec’s Mathieu Theriault and Li Quan Ly to win 3 to 2.  The scores of the games were 7-11, 11-8, 3-11, 11-8 and 11-6 to give BC the bronze medal.

A Sea of Blue in Nova Scotia at Cross Country Relay Awards

A sea of blue at the cross-country relay medal ceremonies. Quebec, BC and Alberta take the podium in both men's and women's races

The blue jackets of BC, Alberta and Quebec dominated the award ceremony creating a sea of blue to conclude the Canada Winter Games cross country competitions held at Martock.

Saturday saw the conclusion of the cross country ski events at the Canada Winter Games.  After a day of rain, the temperatures dropped to create ice chunks mixed with fresh snow.  Races were held under partially sunny skies with extremely windy conditions. 

In the Women’s 4×3.75km event, Andrea Lee of BC brought her team in first with a 16 second lead followed by 15 year old Alberta skier, Maya Macisaac-Jones . Yukon’s Beatty was only 6 seconds back to keep the Yukoner’s in  third and Quebec 8 seconds out of the medals.  By the second classic leg, the medallists were clearly decided with BC strongly out in front.  Quebec’s Workun-Hill had the fastest time of the second leg bringing her team into second and Alberta close behind in third.  Yukon fell back to duke it out with Ontario and chase the leaders.

By the fourth leg, BC was clearly in gold medal contention whereby only a serious mishap could change their victory.  The silver medal was fought to the line by Alberta’s Widmer and Quebec’s Bouffard-Nesbitt, with Quebec just edging out a weary Alberta.  Veteran Nishikawa couldn’t reel in the leaders in spite of her earlier CWG successes.  However, cross country fans should keep an eye open on the young Yukon team at the next Canada Winter Games to be held in Prince George, BC in 2015.

Women’s Relay Results

  1. BC           :43:51.0                (Lee, Mehain, Reid, Marshall)
  2. QC          +36.6                     (Pepin, Workun-Hill, Auclair, Bouffard-Nesbitt)
  3. AB          +39.7                     (Macisaac-Jones, Hewitt, Hicks, Widmer)
  4. YK           +1:16.3
  5. ON         +2:05.9
  6. NL           +7:14.0
  7. MB         +7:59.7
  8. SK           +8:41.9
  9. NWT      +8:59.4
  10. NS          +12:55.7
  11. NB          +15:17.6

In the Men’s 4x5km relay event, Alberta carried on their winning ways leading nearly from start to finish.  The team of Garnier, Killick, Sandau and Cockney looked comfortable after a strong lead was created by classic skiers Garnier and Killick. Ontario crashed in the first 1.5km and spent the rest of the race trying to catch up. Team Yukon was in the mix through the first lap with BC and Quebec chasing.  By the third leg, Quebec and BC were battling for silver and bronze with Yukon and Ontario chasing to get back in the mix.  Previous medalists Shields and Somppi fought valiantly but couldn’t make up the nearly 2 minute difference. Spectators raced to the stadium area to watch Alberta cruise in for gold, and Quebec’s Richard out kick BC’s Neumann for silver.  Watch for the young Newfoundland and Labrador who with their young team placed 6th with 14 year old Konrad Kuhne of Labrador City as their anchor. Watch for this team at the 2015 CWG in Prince George as 3 of the 4 athletes will still be eligible to compete.

Men’s Relay Results

  1. Alberta                 :52:24.8                (Garnier, Killick, Sandau, Cockney)
  2. QC                          +13.6                     (Turgeon, Couturier, Lloyd, Richard)
  3. BC                           +14.5                     (Wylie, Burton, Richards, Neumann)
  4. YK                           +1:48.4
  5. ON                         +2:09.1
  6. NL                           +6:02.2
  7. SK                           + 6:21.7
  8. MB                         +9:09.3
  9. NWT                      +10:18.4
  10. NB                          +14:59.4

Bram Scores Both Goals to Give Manitoba Edge Over British Columbia

British Columbia 1 – Manitoba 2

Halifax, N.S. – Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team member Shelby Bram (Ste. Anne, Man.) shone on the ice Saturday for Manitoba, scoring both goals for her team – including one in a shootout for the 2-1 edge over British Columbia in the final matchup for both teams at the 2011 Canada Winter Games in Halifax.

But it would be British Columbia to crack the scoreboard first, with Nicole Saxvik (North Vancouver, B.C.) making it 1-0 midway through the second. The teams continued to send the puck flying all over the ice in a competitive and entertaining game, with Bram finally tying it up for Manitoba on a powerplay just less than four minutes into the thrd. Ashleigh Brykaliuk (Brandon, Man.) and Kristine Grenier (St. Leon, Man.) assisted.

After that, the only numbers on the scoresheet were penalty minutes, sending the game into an eight-player shootout. Kristin Huber (Kelowna, B,C,) notched one for British Columbia and Meghan Dufault (Winnipeg, Man.) evened it up for Manitoba before Bram’s final game-winning, show-stopping goal.