Andrea Crawford

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Andrea Crawford
Curler
Andrea Kelly.jpg
Team
Curling club Saville SC,
Edmonton, AB
Skip Valerie Sweeting
Third Andrea Crawford
Second Dana Ferguson
Lead Rachel Pidherny
Career
Hearts appearances 7 (2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
Top CCA ranking 19th (2005-06)
Grand Slam victories 0

Andrea Crawford (born Andrea Kelly on July 31, 1985 in Perth-Andover, New Brunswick) is a Canadian curler[1] from Aroostook, New Brunswick. Crawford currently plays third for Val Sweeting.

Career[edit]

Juniors[edit]

Crawford's first national experience came in 2002 at the Canadian Junior Curling Championships, where she would represent New Brunswick. Her team would finish round robin with a 6-6 record and a seventh place finish.[2]

Although Crawford would not win the New Brunswick junior championship in 2003, she would attend the 2003 Canada Winter Games, where she won a bronze medal.

Crawford would return to the Canadian Junior Curling Championships in 2004, where her team would improve on their previous record. They would finish round robin in third place with a 9-3 record. She would face Quebec's Marie Cantin in the semi-final, and after a close game would lose 5-6, and take home the bronze medal.[3]

Crawford and her team would repeat as New Brunswick champions in 2005, and again at the 2005 Canadian Junior Curling Championships she would finish round robin third with a 9-3 record. Her team would again meet Quebec and Cantin in the semi-final, this time defeating them 7-5. They would face Alberta's Desirée Robertson in the final, where they would win the game and the gold medal with a 9-6 final.[4] At the 2005 World Junior Curling Championships, Crawford skipped Team Canada to a bronze medal. In 2006 she was still eligible for Juniors, however she lost in her provincial championships.

2006-2011[edit]

After losing the junior provincial, Crawford entered the 2006 New Brunswick Scott Tournament of Hearts, where her team would finish round robin with a first place 6-1 record, receiving a bye to the final. She would meet veteran Heidi Hanlon in the final, where the team would win 8-7 and the right to represent New Brunswick at the 2006 Scott Tournament of Hearts. At the Hearts, the team finished round robin with a 5–6 record.[5]

At the 2009 New Brunswick Scotties Tournament of Hearts, Crawford and her team would finish round robin undefeated, with a 7-0 record. She would defeat Mary Jane McGuire in the final to win her second Scotties title. At the 2009 Scotties Tournament of Hearts the team would again finish round robin with a 5-6 record.[6]

At the 2010 New Brunswick Scotties Tournament of Hearts, Crawford would again repeat with an undefeated, 7-0 record in round robin play. She would face Ashley Howard in the final, and was again victorious winning 8-5. At the 2010 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, Crawford, for a third straight appearance, would finish round robin with a 5-6 record.[7]

Crawford would again qualify for the 2011 New Brunswick Scotties Tournament of Hearts, and for a third consecutive year, would finish round robin undefeated, with a 7-0 record. She would face Sylvie Robichaud in the final, and with a clean sweep would win 7-2. At the 2011 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, Crawford would have her worst showing to date at the event, finishing round robin with a 3-8 record.[8]

2011-2014[edit]

Following the 2010-11 curling season Crawford would make significant team changes. She would depart ways with longtime teammates, third Denise Nowlan and lead Lianne Sobey, bringing former second and alternate Jodie deSolla as her new lead, and in a new move would add Rebecca Atkinson to skip the team. Although Atkinson became the new skip, Crawford would continue to throw fourth stones. This combination would work for the squad, and the team would finish first place in round robin, with a 6-1 record at the 2012 New Brunswick Scotties Tournament of Hearts. They would defeat Mary Jane McGuire in the final, and for the fourth year in a row, Crawford would represent New Brunswick at the 2012 Scotties Tournament of Hearts. The team would struggle at the event, and for the fourth time at a Scotties, Crawford would finish round robin with a 5-6 record.

Crawford has returned to skipping her team for the 2012-13 curling seasons and has added Danielle Parsons to the second position. Her team went again undefeated at the 2013 New Brunswick Scotties Tournament of Hearts, where they won the event by defeating Melissa Adams 13-6 in the final. At the 2013 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, Crawford led her rink to her best finish of her career, with a 6-5 record, which was still not good enough for the playoffs. At the 2014 New Brunswick Scotties Tournament of Hearts, Crawford just lost one game en route to winning her 7th provincial title. At the 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, she just missed the playoffs again, finishing 6-5.

2014-present[edit]

In April 2014, it was announced that Crawford would be joining the Edmonton, Alberta based Val Sweeting rink as her third.

Grand Slam record[edit]

Key
C Champion
F Lost in Final
SF Lost in Semifinal
QF Lost in Quarterfinals
R16 Lost in the round of 16
Q Did not advance to playoffs
DNP Did not participate in event
N/A Not a Grand Slam event that season
Event 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13
Autumn Gold Q Q DNP Q Q DNP Q
Manitoba Lotteries DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Colonial Square Ladies Classic N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
The Masters Grand Slam of Curling N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A DNP
Players' Championships DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP

Former Events[edit]

Event 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11
Sobeys Slam N/A SF Q N/A Q

References[edit]