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Junior Boys Curling
Team Kee to represent Navan Curling Club at junior nationals
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Rockland native Jason Camm will be representing the Navan Curling Club as vice to fellow member Doug Kee at the Cananadian Junior Curling Championships in Stratford. File photo

If politics makes strange bedfellows, then competitive curling can make for some strange foursomes. Take the Doug Kee rink which will be representing the Navan Curling Club at the Canadian Junior Curling Championships this weekend, for instance.

While both Kee and third Jason Camm are nembers of the Navan Curling Club, Kee only joined the club this year after moving to Ottawa from London to study at Carleton University.

The two young men joined forces after last year's junior provincials along with lead Curtis Easter who has played with Camm since 2011 when they won the Ontario bantam championship, also under the Navan Curling Club banner.

In 2012, Easter, who currently lives in London, joined forces with Kee, who is a year younger than Camm, and together they won the 2012 bantam title.

The fourth member of the team is second Matt Hall who they recruited after he helped Ontario win a silver medal at last year's Canada Winter Games. Hall lives in Kitchener.

Camm actually lives in Rockland, but he’s been a member of the Navan Curling Club literally all of his life. His father, who is also a member, started teaching Jason to throw rocks when he was just three years old. Turns out Jason was a quick learner.

Following in the footsteps of his older brother Mathew, Jason has twice won two provincil mixed bantam championships in 2010 and 2011, a bantam boys championship in 2011, and a junior title in 2013 with Aaron Squires and Easter.

Having four teammates living in three different cities, meant the Kee foursome were unable to play together until the Region 1 qualifier in Brockville in November. After winning their first two games 9-5 and 9-3, they lost to Mac Calwell on the last shot in the A-final.

(L to r) Doug Kee, Jason Camm, Matt Hall and Curtis Easter.

They would make the most of the double eliminatiion format, however, by downing the Peter Stranberg rink 6-2 in in the B-final to earn the second berth through to the provincial championship.

The rink would get a chance to practice twice a couple of days before the start of the provincial championship, which proved to be all they would need as they swept their way to the title, winning the final 10-2 in a rematch with Team Calwell.

This is Camm and Easter's second trip to the Canadian juniors. They played in the 2013 tournament with Squires and lost in a tie-breaker to Manitoba's Matt Dunstone who went to win the championship that year.

This year's championship is being played in Stratford, which is bound to bring out a small army of Team Kee supporters.

"We'll definitely have the home crowd on our side," says Camm, who expects a few supporters from Navan to make the trip. "It will be nice to have all that support."

At 21, this is Camm's last shot at the junior nationals. He would love nothing more than to do one better than his brother Matt who lost the 2011 final in an extra end.

The Canadian Junior Curling Championship gets underway this afternoon at 1:30 p.m.

(Posted 7:30 a.m., Jan. 23)


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