The Portage Curling Club is grateful to have hosted what was an amazing week of curling.
The 2023 Provincial Junior Curling Championships wrapped up yesterday and saw Team Terrick crowned champions on the women's side and Team McDonald coming out on top for the men. Both of the Winnipeg-hailing victors won their championship match by just one point.
The one local team in attendance was Team Olafson, who went 2-2 in the round-robin but lost in the quarter-final.
"We're really proud," says skip Colton Olafson. "We definitely exceeded our expectations of what we thought we were going there to do. We're just grateful we had the chance to be in the playoff."
Team Olafson is a group of 16-year-olds, and the Provincial Junior Curling Championships saw competitors up to four years older than the Portage squad. Olafson says this week was a great learning experience.
"I think this helped with our mindset. How to really key in on certain aspects of the game. We'll be more mentally prepared next year."
The skip adds it was great to be able to win some high-level matches in his hometown. Olafson says their season will be coming to a close soon.
"Next is high school provincials in The Pas," Olafson continues. "That will basically wrap up our curling season."
Team Olafson will head up to The Pas on February 8 as they now look to become provincial champions at the high school level.
For the full box scores from the 2023 Provincial Junior Curling Championships, click here.