PREVIEW: Hawks look to defend curling titles
Laurier's men's and women's curling teams head to Oshawa looking to repeat as conference champions for the third straight year

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - Posted by Jack Moore

WATERLOO, Ont. (February 15, 2017) - The 2017 OUA men’s and women’s curling championships will begin on Thursday February 16 at the Oshawa Golf & Country Club, hosted by the  UOIT Ridgebacks. Both Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men’s and women’s team will look to defend the OUA titles that they have claimed in both the 2016 and the 2015 seasons. 

The women are looking for their fourth consecutive OUA championship as they also won back in 2014. The Hawks are led by fourth year skip Chelsea Brandwood of Beamsville, Ont., who not only has seen success at the university level, but also won the Ontario Junior championship and a Canadian Junior silver medal back in 2015. Brandwood, the 2016 team MVP, will look to take her team to their fourth title in as many years.

Brenda Holloway of Mississauga, Ont., will be the vice for the Hawks. Another fourth year who will seek yet another OUA championship and turn it into a national success. Holloway was also on the 2015 Brandwood team who represented Ontario at the 2015 Canadian Junior championships, claiming the silver medal.

The front end will see third year Riley Sandham of St. Catharines, Ont., who was the team’s rookie of the year in 2015, play second and Kirsten Marshall, another fourth year, who originates from Toronto, will throw lead stones for the Hawks in 2017. Mariah Jacklin, the Abbey, Sask., native will be the team's alternate this season.

The women’s rink will look to continue the dominance of Golden Hawk women’s curling as the Hawks have won five of the last six OUA women’s curling championships. 

The men’s side has an entire new team then the Hawks saw back in 2016. Laurier's men’s team will look to continue the dominance of Aaron Squires, Richard Krell, Spencer Nutall, and Fraiser Reid who won back-to-back OUA titles in 2015 and 2016.

Now, Matthew Hall of Kitchener, Ont., will look to defend the teams OUA championship as the new skip of the team. Hall, a second year financial math major is hot off of an Ontario junior championship with his competitive team. Hall’s rink was able to claim the Canadian Junior silver medal after winning the Ontario championship.

Joining Hall is Jordie Lyon-Hatcher, a fellow second year who was the Hawks team rookie of the year in 2016 will look to help the team in their quest for a third consecutive OUA curling championship. Kenneth Malcolmson who is originally from Toronto, Ont., and is another second year, will play the second stones for the Hawks this season.

Russell Cuddie will take over lead duties this season after serving as the teams spare in 2016. Cuddie not only captured both OUA and CIS gold last season, he is the only member of the Hawks who represented Canada at the FISU games to return back in 2017. Cuddie, a third year out of London, Ont., will hope his experience can help the Hawks in hopes of another OUA title.

Jeffery Wanless, second year business major out of Aurora, Ont., will be the teams alternate this season. Wanless was the vice for Matthew Hall's Ontario championship team who also claimed silver at the Canadian Junior championships.

Not only are their new players to the Hawks roster in 2017, the Hawks are also led by first year head coach Matt Wilkinson. Wilkinson, however, is no stranger to OUA curling. In 2007 Wilkinson, as a player for the Brock Badgers, won an OUA championship. Wilkinson then turned to coaching for the Badgers, and in 2012 he coached the team to a CIS bronze medal. In 2016 Wilkinson coached the Guelph Gryphons and was named the OUA men’s coach of the year. Wilkinson will look to continue the strong success of Laurier curling and hope to lead his teams to a third and fourth straight OUA championship. 

Women’s schedule: 

Thursday February 16, 2017, 8:00am vs. Laurentian Voyagers
Thursday February 16, 2017, 3:00pm vs. Lakehead Thunderwolves
Friday February 17, 2017, 8:00am vs. Ryerson Rams
Friday February 17, 2017, 5:30pm vs UOIT Ridgebacks
Saturday February 18, 2017, 11:00am vs. Western Mustangs
Saturday February 18, 2017, 5:30pm vs. Trent Excalibur 
Sunday February 19, 2017, 11:00am vs. Carleton Ravens 

NOTE: Playoffs will be played on Monday February 20, 2017 all day. They will also be streamed live on

Men’s schedule:

Thursday February 16, 2017, 11:00am vs. Algoma Thunderbirds
Thursday February 16, 2017, 9:30pm vs. Trent Excalibur
Friday February 17, 2017, 2:30pm vs. Queen’s Gaels
Friday February 17, 2017, 9:00pm vs Western Mustangs
Saturday February 18, 2017, 2:30pm vs. McMaster Marauders
Saturday February 18, 2017, 9:30pm vs. Windsor Lancers
Sunday February 19, 2017, 2:30pm vs. Lakehead Thunderwolves

NOTE: Playoffs will be played on Monday February 20, 2017 all day. They will also be streamed live on

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