The Fanshawe Falcons earned a dramatic, extra-end win over the Camosun Chargers to claim the 2018 CCAA/Curling Canada Championship.
The women's gold medal game saw the #1 seeded Falcons do battle with the #2 seed Chargers. Play for most of the match was fairly conservative with five blank ends throughout. The Falcons jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after the first end, and Camosun answered back with two points of their own in the 3rd end to tie things up.The game would remain tied until the 8th end with Fanshawe scoring two to take a 4-2 lead into the home stretch.
Determined to complete a comeback, the Chargers settled for one in the 9th end and stole a single in the 10th after a Falcons miss to force an 11th end. The national title went down to the final stone for Falcons skip Kaitlyn Poirier. With the Chargers sitting shot rock on the four foot with a half guard on the 12 foot, the Falcons had second shot. Poirier had to take out the shot stone, missing the front guard by the closest of margins to peel the Camosun rock and score one to win a CCAA gold medal by a score of 5-4.
This was Fanshawe College's fourth CCAA Women's Curling National Championship title since 2012 while the Chargers became the feel good story of the week. Camosun won their first women's curling medal in school history as they curled with only three players, after third Jordan Koster sustained a leg injury prior to the championships and was unable to participate.
The women's bronze medal game was another all-ACAC affair between the #3 seeded NAIT Ooks and the #4 ranked MacEwan University Griffins. The game started off slow with both teams trading singles in the first two ends, followed by the Griffins stealing one point in the 3rd to take the lead 2-1. The Ooks would take control in the 4th with a score of two and a steal of one in the 5th, taking a 4-2 lead into the break.
Coming out of the technical timeout, the Griffins would settle for a single in the 6th end and steal a huge three points in the 8th end and regaining the lead over the Ooks, 6-4. NAIT would mount their own comeback to score two in the 9th end, tying the game at 6-6, before putting away the Griffins for good with a steal of two in the 10th to claim the bronze medal with an 8-6 victory. This was the Ooks' 6th CCAA women's curling medal in the last seven years.
Final StandingsFanshawe Falcons
Women's Tournament All-StarsSkip - Taylor Reese-Hansen, Camosun Chargers
Third - Erin Wells, MacEwan Griffins
Second - Maria Coulombe, Camosun Chargers
Lead - Nicole McClellan, Fleming Knights
CCAA Fair Play Award
Paige Droog, Fleming Knights
Curling Canada Coaching Award
Jules Owchar, NAIT Ooks