The last four draws of round robin competition at the fourth annual The Dominion Curling Club Championships wrapped up on Thursday, positioning Manitoba and Saskatchewan at the top of the Men’s division, and Ontario and Manitoba atop the Women’s.
Final Draw action determines Women’s Semi-Final teams
In the final draw of the Women’s round robin, Ontario’s Caroline Deans and her team of Sheri-Lynn Collyer, Kendra Lafleur and Lynn Stapley, from the Quinte Curling Club, scored a decisive 6-2 win over Saskatchewan’s Danette Tracey, Ashley Skjerdal, Charla Moore and Lianne Cretin to finish the competition with a 6-0 record and claim first place in the standings.
Quebec’s Sonia Simard, Josée Bédard, Josée St-Amant and Guylaine Sauvageau, of the Amos Curling Club, defeated Bluenose Curling Club’s Marion MacAulay, Kerri Denny, Gilda Chisholm and Ann MacLean in a close match, leaving Quebec in a tie for second place with Manitoba’s Lori Pelissier and her team of Shelley Smith, Sandy Maskiw and Quinn Jones of the Thistle Curling Club in Winnipeg, both with a 5-1 record. Nova Scotia finished at 4-2, tied with the Northwest Territories rink of Stacey Stabel, Krista Wesley, Debbie Moss and Lisa Roesch.
Based on Pool standings, the Semi-Finals on Friday night will see Manitoba facing off against Quebec, and the Northwest Territories – who scored a 6-2 victory over New Brunswick in Draw 14 – meeting Ontario.
Men’s teams heading for Tie Breakers and Semi Finals
In the final draw on the men’s side, Manitoba (Steven Irwin, Justin Rabe, Travis Brooks and Cody Rabe of the Brandon Curling Club) earned a 7-6 victory over the previously-undefeated Alberta (Crestwood Curling Club’s Dan Sherrard, Brandon Klassen, Kyle Reynolds and Todd Kaasten), taking a single in the eighth to break a 6-6 tie. The loss dropped Alberta into third place at 5-1, behind Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Both teams had already secured a spot in the semi-finals.
Ontario’s Jordan Keon, Curtis Samoy, Trevor Talbott and Michael Kean, of the Richmond Hill Curling Club, dropped a close decision to Saskatchewan (Brian Humble, Michael Carss, Rob Spinney and Tyler Matheson of the Saskatoon Sutherland Curling Club). Behind 5-4 after five ends, Ontario blanked six and seven in an effort to generate 2 points for the win, but Saskatchewan was able to steal 2 in the eighth for a 7-4 victory.
Newfoundland and Labrador, skipped by Paul Harvey with Steve Bragg, Mike Morrissey and Brian Noseworthy, defeated PEI’s Alan Inman, Steven Thomson, Gordon Fall and Tony Quigley.
Nova Scotia’s Wayne Sangster, Nick Deagle, Fason VanVonderen and Phil Redden were also successful over Quebec, leaving three teams behind the leaders tied at 4-2.
In Tie Breakers today, Ontario faces Newfoundland at 9:30 a.m., with the winner facing Nova Scotia at 1:15 p.m. in Tie Breaker #2. The winner of that match will advance to the Semi Finals against Saskatchewan, while Manitoba and Alberta face off in the other men’s Semi Final at 7:00 p.m.
Fans can follow live scoring of Tie Breakers and Semi Final games here. Both Men’s and Women’s teams will be in Semi-Final action at 7:00 p.m. ET.