October 30th, 2020

Dupont rink completes the medal sweep


By Woodard, Dale on December 6, 2019.

Dale Woodard

Lethbridge Herald

sports@lethbridgeherald.com

The Nanette Dupont rink has completed the medal hat trick.

Dupont and her Lethbridge Curling Club rink of third Samantha Davies, second Kendra Nakagama and lead Avice DeKelver captured the Canadian Curling Club Championship with a 9-4 win over Tanya Phillips of Nova Scotia last Saturday in Leduc.

That not only gave the Alberta representatives the gold medal, it also completes the medal set after the foursome won bronze in 2015 and silver in 2017.

“We’re still walking on cloud nine, it’s pretty awesome,” said Dupont Thursday afternoon from the Lethbridge Curling Club, back home after the weekend win.

Now, five years after forming, the quartet has three national medals to show for it.

“We started playing together in 2014,” said Dupont. “So in 2015 we went to our first Canadians. Then we had to sit out a year, you can’t repeat the following year. So we had to sit out a year. Then we made it back in 2017. We sat out a year but we still curled together and were focus-ing on this year and getting back to it this year and we did.”

They did so with their second win over Nova Scotia after defeating the team earlier in the round-robin.

With Nova Scotia leading 2-1 after three ends, Dupont posted a four-ender in the fourth and never trailed the rest of the way.

“We were just playing the end kind of normal,” said Dupont of the crucial end. “We had the hammer so we were just playing it open and they were trying to get rocks in play. My third made two absolutely perfect hit-and-rolls behind a guard to set up the end. She (Phillips) tried to do a freeze on one of our rocks, which she came pretty close to making. I followed with a little tap back and she actually came up a little bit light on the takeout. It over-curled and I had a routine draw for the four.”

The gold medal capped off a 9-1 week for the locals, their only loss coming late in the round-robin in a 7-5 setback to Nunavut.

The loss was a wakeup call as Dupont rolled out three straight wins to earn a spot in the semifinal.

Dupont earned her berth in the final with an 8-3 win over the Yukon.

“We lost our one and only game to that team and kind of set us back a little bit,” said Dupont. “It shook us up and made us refocus and get back into it. Things were kind of rolling for us, so that little stumble kind of shook us up and got us back on track.”

The Lethbridge Curling Club rink came into this year’s nationals with a pair of medals and a little experience.

“So we kind of knew what to expect and we knew what we were walking into whereas some of the other teams, this was their first time,” said Dupont. “It’s a little overwhelming your first time. So our goal was to be prepared and be ready and because it was in Alberta it was kind of nice because we didn’t have to deal with any time change or anything like that. So we were prepared.”

However, the national gold will end the foursome’s five-year run.

“I think we’re going to take a little break for a while with this team,” said Dupont. “With some of the other girls, they want to start a family and do stuff like that. So we’re going to be taking a little bit of time, a year or two, to do that. I’m looking at look forming a different team and seeing where that goes.”

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