The 2024 Hardline Tankard and Scotties Provincial Championships took place from Tuesday, Jan. 23 to Sunday, Jan. 28. Sixteen men’s and six women’s teams competed at the Marcel-Dionne Arena in Drummondville. It was a hard-fought competition, all the way to the last rock of an extra end!
On the men’s side, with a triple knock-out format, Team Arsenault defeated Asselin 8-3 in the A final to advance directly to the playoffs. In the B final, Team Asselin qualified by defeating Team Gibeau 9-3. As for the two C finals, Team Martel played against Team Gravel and Team Gibeau was up against Team Desjardins. Team Gibeau and Team Martel eventually won the final two berths to the playoffs. In the page playoff round, Team Asselin earned its direct access to the final by winning the 1 vs 2 game, while Gibeau defeated Martel in the 3 vs 4 game. Team Arsenault therefore played Team Gibeau in the semifinal and came out victorious. This meant that Team Arsenault would once again meet team Asselin in the final. Team Gibeau won the bronze medal after a solid performances throughout the tournament. The final game was an extremely close battle requiring an extra end to determine the champion. The skip Julien Tremblay made his final takeout on the last rock of the extra end to win the Hardline Tankard Provincial Championship. He and his team will represent Quebec at the Montana’s Brier from March 1st to March 10th, 2024 in Regina, SK. Congratulations!
Champions: Éric Sylvain (coach), Philippe Brassard, Jesse Mullen, Jean-Michel Arsenault, Julien Tremblay (skip)
Silver medalists: Pierre Charette, Jean-François Trépanier, Émile Asselin, Martin Crête, Félix Asselin (skip)
Bronze medalists: Kevin Ménard, Marc-Antoine Biron, Sylvain Bellavance, Jasmin Gibeau (skip)
On the women’s side, first place in the preliminary round was easy to determine, as the team skipped by Laurie St-Georges finished with a perfect record of 5 wins and 0 losses, which qualified them directly for the final. Teams Verreault, Jean and Horton all finished the preliminary round with 3 wins and 2 losses. While Team Verreault had the best overall shootout and went directly to the semi-final, Team Horton and Team Jean had to go through a tiebreaker game. In the end, it was Team Jean who won the spot to the semi-final, but they lost to Verreault therefore earning the bronze medal. In the final, Team St-Georges won 8-4 over Verreault to win the Scotties provincial championship. Team St-Georges will represent Quebec at the Scotties from February 16 to 25, 2024 in Calgary. Congratulations on their perfect run at the provincial championship!
Champions: Marie-France Larouche, Kelly Middaugh, Emily Riley, Jamie Sinclair, Laurie St-Georges (skip)
Silver medalists: Sarah Bergeron, Anne-Sophie Gionest, Nathalie Gagnon, Noémie Verreault (skip)
Bronze medalists: Dominique Jean (skip), Lauren Cheal, Valérie Tanguay, Laura Girard Côté, Amélie Maheux (not pictured), Julie Hamel (coach)