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Rams curling has successful first OUA championship

By Sports Information

GUELPH, Ont. - The Ryerson Rams men's and women's curling teams both had successful weekends in Guelph at their first OUA championship competition.

The men finished with a 4-3 record to rank fourth in their eight-team pool and narrowly miss out on a top-three finish which would have put them in the playoff round. The women, meanwhile, posted a 3-4 record for a fifth place finish in their pool.

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The women's team picked up their first victory in game two on day one of competition earning a 10-5 win over Algoma. In the victory the Rams stole six points through the first three ends before holding the Thunderbirds to a single with hammer in the fourth end. Ryerson then took four with hammer in the fifth to lead 10-1 before Algoma took four points in the next two ends prior to shaking hands after seven ends.

The women also split their games on day two and three of the competition, picking up wins over Lakehead and Waterloo to enter the final draw with a 3-3 record. The Rams closed out their first OUA championship with a narrow 5-4 loss to Guelph, a team that went on to win the bronze medal and qualify for the CIS championship.

On the men's side, they won their second game of the championship defeating Carleton 9-5 for their first win. The Rams opened with a steal of one in the first before the Ravens took two in the second. Ryerson did well with hammer throughout the game, earning three points in each of the third and fifth ends before adding two in the seventh to make it a 9-5 game and force an early handshake.

The men split their games on day two and three, posting victories over Algoma and Lakehead to own a 3-3 record heading into the final draw. Already eliminated from advancing out of their pool, the Rams won their final game in a 6-3 decision over Trent to finish the competition.

In their inaugural OUA season, both the men and women put Ryerson on the curling map and with each player in just their first year of eligibility, the future looks bright for the Rams.



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