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Young Lindale curling trio tops field at Prairie South spiel

A curling trio made up of Grade 6 girls was one of the youngest at the PSSD elementary curling championship, but they walked away with the A side title
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The Lindale 2 curling rink of Aubrey Garland, left, Hailey Rosenau and Kaylee Hogeboom won the A final of the Prairie South School Division elementary curling bonspiel. (Matthew Gourlie photograph)

On the surface, Lindale 2 might have seemed like underdogs at the Prairie South School Division elementary curling bonspiel.

But only until you saw them in action.

The elementary curling championship featured a co-ed field of teams of students between Grades 6-8. Not only was Lindale 2 an all-girls team, but they were also all in Grade 6. And there were only three of them.

It didn't matter as Kaylee Hogeboom, Hailey Rosenau and Aubrey Garland combined to go unbeaten and beat Lindale 5 by a 5-0 score in the A final.

"I'm very happy," said Hogeboom. "This was the first time that Hailey, Aubrey and I have been on a team. We hadn't been with each other until now, but I think it went really good."

The finals were two-end games and Lindale 2 scored four in the first end to take control. Hogeboom made a hit to sit three and then drew for a fourth point with her final rock.

The 11-year-old has been curling for four years.

"My mom and my dad had always been curlers so they wanted to get me started, so I went ahead and did it. And it turned out that I loved it," she said.

The event began at 12:30 p.m. and featured 28 teams. With the cold weather Wednesday and the school buses not running, three teams weren't able to make it into the city to compete.

The teams played three-end games and after they each played twice they were seeded based on wins, points for and then points against. The top 16 teams advanced to the two-end finals.

In the B final, Lindale 7 beat Sunningdale 1 by a 2-0 score. Lindale 1 beat Princedale in the C final. Sunningdale 4 beat Lindale 8 by a 5-0 count in the D final. King George 1 defeated Lindale 3 by a 3-0 score in the E final. Sunningdale 2 beat Lindale 4 by a 3-1 score in the F final. Prince Arthur 4 beat Cornerstone 3 by a 3-0 score in the G final. Cornerstone 1 beat Prince Arthur 2 by a 2-1 score in an H final. 

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