The Moose Jaw Curling Centre hosted the 2023 Under 18 Provincials just before the New Year. On December 27th – December 30th, 12 of the best U18 women’s teams joined us to compete against each other to claim the green jacket and the chance to represent Saskatchewan at the 2023 Canadian U18 Championships in Ottawa, Ontario on February 4-10, 2024.
On the Men’s side, Team Derksen picked up their second straight U18 Provincial win! They had a strong weekend, going undefeated in round-robin play to clinch a spot in the playoffs. In the 1v2 game, Team Derksen faced a strong Team Snow but picked up the 7-3 victory and a spot in the Final. Team Snow battled their way to the final game to face Team Derksen again, and it was Team Derksen who picked up their sixth straight win in the competition and the title of “Team Saskatchewan”. Due to Saskatchewan’s performance at the last few National Championships, CURLSASK has been given another berth for the National Championship. Team Snow will head to Ottawa to represent “Team Saskatchewan 2”.
Team Derksen consists of skip Dylan Derksen, third Logan Sawicki, second Tyler Derksen, lead Gavin Martens, and coach Brad Kennedy. They curl out of the Martensville Curling Club.
Team Snow consists of skip Rogan Snow, third Nathan Roy, second Luke Olson, lead Josh Lussier, and coach Richard Roy. They curl out of the Sutherland Curling Club in Saskatoon.
On the women’s side, Team Simpson picked up their first green jackets! After going undefeated through round robin, they landed a spot in the playoffs where they faced a strong Team Remeshylo in the 1v2 game. Team Remeshylo picked up the win and advanced to the final while Team Simpson fell to the semi-final against Team Wickenheiser, where they picked up a 7-3 win and a spot in the final and a rematch against Team Remeshylo. The second time was the charm for Team Simpson as they picked up the 7-3 victory and their first green jackets.
Team Simpson is made up of skip, Shawna Simpson, third Lauren Speidel, second Makena Bailey, lead Katelyn Speidel, and coach Gaylene Simpson. They curl out of the Highland Curling Club in Regina.
Action Shots Courtesy: Photography by Mike Stobbs