A team meeting on April 14th decided that the team will be continuing on into the 2017 season with the same line-up! Rick Fewster has agreed to coach again and I am excited to work with him in the coming season. The plan is to attend one Junior Curling Tour event and compete in Junior Zones with the goal of placing in the top 4 at Junior Provincials. As an individual I have set my off-season training goals, and in season performance and process goals for the new season. I am already missing the ice and can't wait to throw my first rocks in the Saville Center in August!
The curling season has officially been over since April 4th. The ice in Prince George is out and I am starting my off season training. A team meeting on Thursday will decide what competitions the team will be competing in next season, and we will set goals for the coming season. I am registering individually for the Kevin Martin summer curling camp in Edmonton (August 22), which I hope will spark some excitement for the coming curling season. Training goals for the summer will be set soon and I am excited to see gains with each training program.
The six second peel club welcomes any person who can accurately throw a peel with a hog to hog time of 6-7 seconds. I have only recently joined this club, and I must say that its an amazing feeling coming out of the hack that flawlessly. I was playing in draw five of the 2016 BC Junior Curling Championships against Mariah Coulombe in Kamloops, BC when I threw the first six second peel of my curling career:)
On the weekend of November 21st my team competed in junior zones for the 2016 season. It was double knock-out format between my team and the other Prince George girls team (Withey). Our first game went into an extra end, and wasn't looking so good until my third, Bailey Eberherr, made a very nice run-back triple:) After this shot we were golden. My last rock was an open hit for the win; a skip's dream. Our second game, a chance to finish the weekend, was later that day. In the last end we were up two points with the hammer, and as it came down to last rock the other team was sitting two behind guards. One rock was biting the twelve foot and the other was back button. It was my job to out draw one of them or we would be playing another extra end. It turned out to be a great team shot, I threw it well, the sweepers judged it perfectly, and Bailey called line to make sure we were by the guards. We made it perfectly, sitting on the button to score one and win 7-4. Those two games put us into Junior Provincials this year. As a team we agreed that we needed to set some high goals that we would work for for when we go to provincials on December 28th. I'm not going to share our goals because those are for us to know and work at, but I will say that one of the things we are doing to possibly achieve these goals is we've all agreed to try and throw 250 practice rocks each before we leave. These practice rocks are on our own time outside of team practices. I can't speak for other teams, but I can speak for my team, and I think provincials is going to have some very high end curling:)
This past weekend was my team's first competition, and first time on the ice, for the 2016 season. We played five games in the Royal City Curling Club, and finished at 2-3. Each individual played amazing, and the whole team worked well as a unit. On ice practice for our next Junior Curling Tour event will start later this week. We are very excited to fix a few things and improve our record at the Abbotsford Junior Cash spiel in 2 weeks.
After what I'm calling the season of learning I have a lot of positive things to say about my curling experience this year. The reason I'm calling it the season of learning is because my team never really got the out comes we were wanting; however, we worked really hard putting in a lot of hours to over come the unseen obstacle of having no home ice until January. It was a season of bonding between the new players, and coach and it was a blast. I learned something every time I stepped on the ice this year from the tiniest little technical thing to how to lose gracefully to how to win like a pro. Some of the highlights that come to my mind when I think of my year is being ranked third in my position at the under twenty-one provincials, learning all kinds of new skills and information from our new coach Rick Fewster, and the amazing experiences I got to share with my three best friends. I would like to thank all of our team sponsors, the volunteers from all the events we attended, and of course the team parents who continually support us.
My name is Alyssa Connell. I'm a competitive curler from Prince George, British Columbia.