The Douglas Royals are curling’s national champions in 2019 after a 7-5 victory over Edmonton’s MacEwan Griffins on Tuesday.
The four ladies representing the Royals had an incredible run considering three of them are rookies and one is curling for the first time ever after five solid seasons on the Royals women’s soccer team.
Kayla MacMillan was the team’s skip out of Belleville Ontario. She was a silver medalist at the junior women’s nationals this season as Team BC’s third.
Sam Kell was the team’s Lead in her fifth and final year at Douglas. She has been an outstanding member of the women’s soccer team attending four CCAA national championships and a two-time All-Canadian. She is a first year curler.
Sarah Loken was the team’s Second out of White Rock. Like Kayla she was a silver medalist at the junior women’s nationals this season as Team BC’s Lead.
Patty Wallingham was the team’s Third out of Whitehouse in the Yukon. She is a three-time Scotties participant in 2014, 2015 and 2017.
After dropping their first two games, including an 11-4 decision to the Griffins, the Royals won three straight before falling in their sixth game to NAIT. Then in the semi-finals the Royals blasted the Fanshawe Falcons 11-2 to punch their ticket to the gold medal game.
In the finale the Royals faced the Griffins who finished 6-1 during the round robin. In the first end the Griffins took a 1-0 lead before the Royals scored three times over the next two ends to take advantage. However the Griffins scored single points in the fifth and sixth end to tie it before the Royals tallied one point in the seventh, then three in the eighth to clinch it.
This is the first CCAA national medal for the Royals on the women’s side after the men won gold last season.
Following the tournament the All-Stars were announced and Patty Wallingham was named a Second Team All-Star after curling 78% in the gold medal game.