All three RDC teams earn winning records at ACAC Curling Fall Regional

Colby Brochu Photography
Colby Brochu Photography

Brent Forster - RDC

Red Deer, November 25, 2018 – On Sunday afternoon the last rocks were thrown at the Pidherney Curling Centre as competition concluded at the 2018 Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Curling Fall Regional. All three RDC teams finished with winning records.

In the men's division, the NAIT Ooks led the way, securing a perfect 6-0 record. At the end of the three days, the RDC Kings (4-2) shared second spot with Concordia University (4-2). At 12:30 p.m., the Kings downed the University of Alberta Augustana Vikings 7-4.

The MacEwan University Griffins sat at the top of the women's standings with a 5-1 record. The RDC Queens (4-2) and NAIT Ooks (4-2) were next. In the afternoon draw, the Concordia University Thunder picked up a 13-8 decision over the Queens.

Among the mixed curling teams, the Lakeland College Rustlers and U of A Augustana Vikings tied for top spot, both achieving an impressive 4-1 record over the three-day event. The Red Deer College Mixed Curling team had a good day, earning a 7-3 victory over Portage College and 9-1 win against the Olds College Broncos, going 3-2 over the weekend.

Brad Hamilton, RDC Curling Head Coach, was happy with the results overall, including some effective performances on the final day. "It was a good weekend for everybody. The mixed team, being new, you never know what to expect and I don't know if they knew what to expect so it was great that they came back with two wins today. Hopefully, that just keeps them moving forward and they kind of know the competition now. They are right in the mix which is perfect," he says. "Both the men and women set the minimum goal at 4-2 and they both ended up there. The women may be disappointed with the loss but the men had a great bounce-back performance after a disappointing loss last night."

The Red Deer College Curling teams will combine practice, rest and fitness training over the next two months. "December is a tough month. The curlers like to go home as fast as they can and get a break so we will throw as many rocks as possible until classes are over," says Hamilton. "Greg (Howe) will give them a fitness program that they can do at home. We will try to keep that up and when we get back in January we will hit it pretty hard for a few weeks before the Winter Regional. The nice thing is that there is a list of things that we need to work on, so we know what we need to do." 

 Here are Sunday's results:

Men's Division

9:00 a.m.

Concordia University - 8

VS.

U of A Augustana - 0

 

Olds College - 9

VS.

Lakeland College - 7

 

NAIT Ooks - 9

VS.

MacEwan University - 0

 

 

 

 

12:30 p.m.

Concordia University - 6

VS.

MacEwan University - 1

 

RDC - 7

VS.

U of A Augustana - 4

 

NAIT - 10

VS.

Olds College - 4

Women's Division

9:00 a.m.

Olds College - 6

VS.

Concordia University of Edmonton - 5

 

MacEwan University - 5

VS.

NAIT - 3

 

U of A Augustana - 5

VS.

Lakeland College - 3

 

 

 

 

12:30 p.m.

MacEwan University - 9

VS.

U of A Augustana - 1

 

NAIT - 7

VS.

Olds College - 3

 

Concordia University of Edmonton - 13

VS.

RDC - 8

Mixed Team Division

9:00 a.m.

U of A Augustana - 5

VS.

Olds College - 0

 

NAIT - 8

VS.

Lakeland College - 1

 

RDC - 7

VS.

Portage College - 3

 

 

 

 

12:30 p.m.

RDC - 9

VS.

Olds College - 1

 

U of A Augustana - 9  

VS.

NAIT - 3

 

Men's Division Standings

NAIT (6-0)

Red Deer College (4-2)

Concordia University at Edmonton (4-2)

Olds College (3-3)

Lakeland College (2-4)

U of A Augustana (1-5)

MacEwan University (1-5)

 

Women's Division Standings

MacEwan University (5-1)

NAIT (4-2)

Red Deer College (4-2)

Olds College (3-3)

Concordia University of Edmonton (2-4)

U of A Augustana (2-5)

Lakeland College (1-5)

 

Mixed Division Standings

Lakeland College (4-1)

U of A  Augustana (4-1)

NAIT (3-2)

Red Deer College (3-2)

Olds College (1-4)

Portage College (0-5)

 

The final results can also be found online.

The focus will now shift to the ACAC Curling Winter Regional from January 25-27. MacEwan University will host the three-day event at Avonair Curling Club.