The Chronicle Hearald
Published: Jan 01 8:00 p.m.
Graham Weagle ended the four-year reign of Matthew Manuel in the final of the Nova Scotia under-21 men’s curling championship on Monday at the Lakeshore Curling Club.
The Weagle rink of Chester, the defending Canadian under-18 champions, defeated Manuel 10-4 to capture the championship.
On Sunday night, the Kaitlyn Jones rink beat Isabelle Ladouceur 10-3 to win the women’s crown.
In the men’s final, Weagle took control of the game in the third end by scoring three for a 5-2 lead. They added three more in the seventh and a steal of one in the eighth put the game away.
Weagle, who throws third stones, is joined by skip Owen Purcell, second Jeffrey Meagher and lead Brett Dorey.
Manuel’s Halifax Curling Club rink included third Adam Cocks, second Nick Zachernuk and lead Alec Cameron.
In the women’s championship game, the Halifax Curling Club rink showed the form that made them 2018 Canadian and world junior champions by scoring in all but two ends.
The team consisting of Jones, third Lauren Lenentine, second Karlee Burgess and lead Lindsey Burgess, used the hammer to score two in the first and stole one in the second for a 3-0 lead.
Ladouceur, the 2018 Canadian under-18 champion, with Émilie Proulx at third, Kate Callaghan at second and Makayla Harnish at lead, responded with two in the third end which Jones equalled in the fourth. Ladouceur picked up her final point in the fifth. Jones scored one in the sixth, stole three in the seventh and one more in the eighth to end it.
Jones and Weagle advance to the Canadian championships in Prince Albert, Sask., Jan. 19-27.