The UOIT Ridgebacks women’s curling team hosted the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Championship and went winless in seven games in the tournament.
The Ridgebacks hosted the OUA curling championship at the Oshawa Golf and Curling Club from Feb. 16-17. While the Laurentian Voyageurs won the championship for the first time in their school’s history, the hometown Ridgebacks went 0-7.
The Ridgebacks started the tournament losing 10-3 against the Carleton Ravens. When they played the future champs, they lost 12-1.
UOIT coach Debbie Fischer knew however that her team did not perform well and attributed that to inexperience.
“Brittany Andrey, the skip, is a more experienced curler,” says Fischer. “She has three newer curlers with her and one, the lead, that we just kind of taught to curl so that we could actually put a team in and compete so they finished at 0-7.
“It was great to see that Laurentian came through and won the gold,” said Fischer.
However, Fischer was quick to praise the inexperienced Ridgebacks.
“They still played. They were in there trying to play the game, they took a game to an extra end, they took a couple other games right down to the last rock of the games,” she said. “But, Brittany curled well to hold them into all the games.”
While the Ridgebacks were able to keep pace with teams such as the Western Mustangs (5-4 loss) and the Trent Excalibur (7-6 loss), they were beaten handily by teams such as Laurentian (12-1 loss), the Lakehead Thunderwolves (9-1 loss), and the Laurier Golden Hawks (9-1 loss).
The OUA Championship did not go as well for the hometown Ridgebacks as the Brock Invitational did in January. While at Brock the Ridgebacks beat the Western Mustangs 7-4 and the McMaster Marauders 7-2. They had a record of 2-2 in that tournament.
The women’s curling team’s season has come to an end, and now they look forward to next season.