David Pastor, Sports Reporter
The first year Hawks helped propel the men’s and women’s curling teams to successful victories during the Humber Bonspiel on Jan. 17.
Humber held its seventh annual bonspiel at the Richmond Hill Curling Centre as the men’s and women’s teams faced of against the Fanshawe Falcons and the Fleming Knights in a round robin tournament.
The women’s team won all three of its matches, defeating the Falcons men’s and women’s teams by a score of 8-2 and 10-2 respectively and then beat the Fleming Knights women’s team 11-2.
The men’s team would go on to win two of three matches defeating Fanshawe’s men’s team 8-7 and Flemings women’s team 12-0. They finished the bonspiel losing to the Knights men’s team 11-0.
Head coach Sean Turriff was pleased with the overall outcome of this year’s Bonspiel. He said both teams just need to clean up “little mistakes” and they will be ready for provincials.
“This was kind of the first test, so we were able to test what things we plan to put in place,” he said. “And in order to kind of continue the success from today, we’ve got to identify those things that we weren’t doing very well and just get better at that because a lot of stuff is just clicking for both teams right now.”
This year’s curling team doesn’t have much experience at the collegiate level with a third of the team being in their first year.
But despite the lack of experience Turriff has a lot of praise for the first-year athletes on the team, especially the skip on the women’s team, Kaitlyn Jones.
“She’s a player, she’s a superstar. She’s going to be on TV someday for the women,” he said. “She actually brings a lot of leadership and she brings a lot of structure to the team as a first year.”
Jones isn’t concerned with the leadership roll she has been given because of the support she receives from her teammates.
“I don’t feel any pressure because I love the sport, and my teammates are super supportive and right behind me every step of the way,” she said. “I think that having that and just having the confidence in myself really helps.”
Zack Shurtleff, the skip for the men’s team, and Brittany Elson, the lead for the women’s team along with the other veterans on the team, have done everything to welcome their rookie Hawks onto the team, showing them what Humber athletics is all about.
The rookies and Humber will participate in one more tournament on Jan. 24 as they prepare for the provincials between Feb. 13 to Feb. 15 at Fleming College.