Members Sebastian Elliott, Joe Sipzner, and Donald Mackintosh were curling on different teams at the GNCC Junior National Playdowns, held from December 27-30, 2012. The event was held at the 4-sheet Potomac Curling Club in Laurel, Maryland and featured 10 men's teams (in two pools of five) and 5 women's teams, competing to represent the GNCC at the 2013 USCA Junior Nationals from January 26-February 2, 2013. Broomstones Curling Club in Wayland, MA will be the host site.
After the 4-game round robin, Sebastian skipped his team to a 1-3 record and did not advance. Joe viced on Team Suslavich and ended in a 3-way tie for 2nd place in their pool, going on to lose in their 2nd tiebreaker match to Rochester's Team Unterborn. As lead for Team McMakin from Potomac, Donald made it all the way to the final before losing to Team Dunnam of Philadelphia. Team Dunnam featured Andrew Stopera, son of former member Bill Stopera (current US National Champion) and nephew to Jack Stopera. Congratulations to Team Dunnam and a great showing by Sebastian, Joe, and Donald!
On the women's side, Team Ely from Rochester finished first and Team Sarah Anderson second. Both teams will go to Nationals. Full roster and linescores are available at the CurlingZone.