A Sunday Filled with Drama
Three Ramada U18 Championship teams were declared Sunday, March 20th at the Callie Curling Club in Regina as the Open, Men’s and Women’s titles were contested throughout the day.
The first champion came from the Sunday 9:00 AM draw and it was the Rylan Kleiter team in the Men’s division with a six end, 6-1 victory over the Mitchell Dales team representing the Wadena Curling Club. The team from the Saskatoon Sutherland Club Kleiter sailed through the Ramada championships with 7 straight victories claiming the A Final, B Final and the C Final in the “True” Triple Knockout format. Kleiter successfully defended his 2015 title with teammates Trevor Johnson, Joshua Mattern, Matthieu Taillon and Coach Dean Kleiter.
The Open division, played as a 2 pool of 4 teams round robin with a playoff and made up of any combination of males and female players, was claimed shortly thereafter. The Connor Gronsdahl team from Assiniboia ended up hanging on for an 8 end 6-5 victory over Estevan’s Kyle Johnson. Johnson had defeated Gronsdahl in the very first game on Thursday and then both teams continued through the rest of the tourney without a loss. That set up a very close and well played Final with a 3 ender in the second for Gronsdahl as a key turning point. The Johnson team rallied late in the game but came up just a bit short. Gronsdahl’s teammates include Cole Macknack, Dalton Wenaus, Kohlton Booth and Coach Kevin Gronsdahl. Supporting Johnson were Rachel Kramer, Lucas Wallewein, Caitlyn Green and Coach Megan Greenwald.
Going the distance in the “True” Triple Women’s division were Maryfield’s Rachel Erickson and Regina Tartan’s Kaitlyn Jones. On Sunday morning only 2 teams remained. The undefeated Erickson team needed to win any one of the 3 games on Sunday while the Jones team, already with 2 losses, faced an uphill task of needing to defeat Erickson 3 times to earn the championship and title. In a dramatic series of games where Jones had narrowly won the first 2 games, the title came down to the 8th end on the third and final game with Erickson making no mistake on a hit to take 3 in the 8th end and the 7-5 win. Sharing the victory are teammates Sarah Hoag, Kelly Kay, Jade Goebel and Coach Shane Kitz.
The Men’s and Women’s division winners now move on to the Optimist International U18 Championships in Edmonton from March 30 – April 6th, 2016. Sunday’s drama included the Kleiter team presenting their green jackets to the Dales team as the Kletier team has a school conflict with the U18 Optimists in Edmonton. Kleiter’s team was compelled to withdraw and will be replaced by Finalists Mitchell Dales team.