The provincial playoffs in Manitoba’s first Draw-Tap-Hit competition took place between draws Sunday at the Viterra Championship in Stride Place, Portage la Prairie.
Across the province of Manitoba, earlier this season, over 500 youngsters took part in competitions within clubs and some 165 of them advanced to regional playoffs.
The provincial shoot-out featured 28 young people with all regions of the province represented in each age group.
Three age categories took part. The 6-8 year olds played ‘the short game’, shooting from the hack to the near rings. The 9-10 year olds and the 11-13 year olds all used the full sheet of ice for their shots, accumulating points for the accuracy of their nose hit on a rock biting the back of the button, tap of a rock in the front 12 foot circle to the button, and straight draw to the button.
The top shooters in each category were:
1) Lachlann Crawford-Riverview CC (Brandon)
2) Cody Funk-Ste Anne CC
3)Amy Buchalter-Pembina CC (Winnipeg)
1) Sarah Daher- Stonewall CC
2) Brooklyn Honkey-Beausejour CC
3) Kiefer Bales- Riverview CC (Brandon)
1) Lauren Brown-Stonewall CC
2) Jonas Weselak-Morden CC
3) Stephanie Feelus- Pembina CC (Winnipeg)
Pictured l-r: Lauren Brown-Stonewall CC, Sarah Daher- Stonewall CC, Lachlann Crawford-Riverview CC (Brandon)
Acknowledgment: Draw-Tap-Hit was a 2016 innovation of the Ontario Curling Association ‘borrowed’ by CurlManitoba as a part of its development program designed to introduce the sport of curling and encourage more youth participation.