Alberta Pandas defeat UNB Reds to win U Sports women’s curling national championship

Alberta Pandas defeat UNB Reds to win U Sports women's curling national championship

The University of Alberta Pandas defeated the UNB Reds 10-2 in the U Sports women’s curling final on Sunday in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba to win their fourth national championship in the last six years. 

The Pandas previously won the women’s curling title in 2015, 2016 and 2018.

Alberta downed the McMaster Marauders 8-4 in the morning semifinal, while the Reds secured a berth in the final with a 5-3 win over the Queen’s Gaels. 

The Gaels went on to claim a 7-5 victory over McMaster in the women’s bronze medal game.

Laurier wins men’s championship

The Laurier Golden Hawks topped the Dalhousie Tigers 8-5 later in the afternoon to claim their third men’s curling title while going undefeated in the tournament.

“There are so many good teams, so to be able to win it and have such a great week is something you only dream of,” said Laurier skip Matthew Hall.

The Laurier Golden Hawks capped an undefeated tournament run by winning their third men’s curling title on Sunday. (Twitter/@CurlingCanada)

Laurier cruised through the round robin with a 7-0 record before beating the Guelph Gryphons 8-4 in the morning semifinal match.

The Golden Hawks also won the men’s curling championship in 2008 and 2016.

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The Alberta Golden Bears suffered a 7-5 loss to the Tigers in the other men’s semifinal, and the men’s bronze was later won by Alberta with a 11-6 victory over the Gryphons.

Both championship-winning teams will represent Canada at the 2021 Winter Universiade in Lucerne, Switzerland next January.

“Anytime you get to represent your country at a world competition is an unreal feeling that never gets old,” said Alberta Pandas skip Selena Sturmay.

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