After a day of tie-breakers and semi-finals, the final four teams are set to compete for the Men’s and Women’s titles at the 2012 The Dominion Curling Club Championship.
Men’s Semi Final
On the men’s side, Manitoba (Steven Irwin, Justin Rabe, Travis Brooks and Cody Rabe of the Brandon Curling Club) finished the round robin undefeated and faced Nova Scotia (Wayne Sangster , Nick Deagle , Jason vanVonderen, and Phil Redden), who entered the semi-final as the clear underdog. Although Manitoba took an early lead, the team from the Bluenose Curling Club in New Glasgow hung on, much to the delight of their large band of Nova Scotia fans in the stands (and online). A Manitoba steal of 2 in the eighth sealed the victory, sending the team from the Brandon Curling Club into the Finals on Saturday with a score of 7-3.
The other semi final was a back-and-forth battle between the evenly matched teams from Alberta (Crestwood Curling Club’s Dan Sherrard, Brandon Klassen, Kyle Reynolds and Todd Kaasten) and Saskatchewan (Brian Humble, Michael Carss, Rob Spinney and Tyler Matheson of the Saskatoon Sutherland Curling Club). At the close of the seventh end, it was a tie game, and the intensity continued until last rock, where Alberta scored its single for a 7-6 victory and a place in the final against Manitoba.
Women’s Semi Final
In semi-final action on Friday, the Ontario women started off strong with hammer and maintained the lead throughout the entire game. They stacked the back of the house with 3 in the first end and then drew in for 4. Northwest Territories missed a few opportunities and were finally able to score a single in the fifth end, but Ontario took the last end for an 11-1 final.
Quebec played a hitting game against Manitoba, barely missing a shot and scoring a big 6-ender on the way to a 10-2 victory. Ontario (Caroline Deans, Sheri-Lynn Collyer, Kendra Lafleur and Lynn Stapley, from the Quinte Curling Club) and Quebec (Sonia Simard, Josée Bédard, Josée St-Amant and Guylaine Sauvageau, of the Amos Curling Club) move on to the finals on Saturday morning.
Fans can follow live scoring of the Final championship games here. The women’s final is at 10:45 a.m. ET on Saturday, and the men’s at 2:00 p.m. ET.