The Dauphin Clippers officially have a representative that will wear the Clippers crest at the 2020 Manitoba High School Athletic Association Curling Provincial Championships.
That foursome is led by Colten Gawryluik. At third is Douglas Mansell, Landon Hadway throws second stones while Ryder Chetyrbok is the team's lead. The foursome played in the Zone 8 qualifier in Ste. Rose and they had a solid performance to lock up their spot.
In their first game, they beat Alonsa, 7-3. They would follow that up with a big 10-2 win against Swan Valley. Next up was another game against Swan Valley and Dauphin would earn their spot if they won, however, the Tigers came up big with a 7-6 win.
That meant the two teams would play once more and the winner would advance to the provincials. Gawryluik's led foursome would come out on top by a score of 4-3. That means the team will represent Zone 8 at the provincials from February 20-22 at both the Beasujour and Tyndall Curling Clubs.
"It felt really good. We kind of lost focus in that second game against Swan, but we bounced back and found a way to get it done," said Gawryluik. "I know the whole team is really excited to take part in the provincials. We'll be one of the younger teams but I think we have the skill to give it a good go."
In all, the Dauphin foursome scored 27 points in their four games while they only allowed 15 against.
"I think we curled pretty well. We had to adapt to the ice and we used that to our advantage because other teams didn't adapt as quickly," continued Gawryluik.
The event that starts on February 20 will feature 16 of the top high school teams in the province. Being a young team, this could be the first of many provincial championships for the crew and it's certainly a moment that they're going to cherish.
"It's extremely special. It's our first provincial event and hopefully, we'll get the chance to play in more moving forward," concluded Gawryluik. "Everyone is really looking forward to the event and we'll see how things go."
On the women's side, the Clipper ladies came up just short and they will now apply for a wildcard.