49th Canadian Mixed Off & Running!
The first draw of the 49th Canadian Mixed Championship in Sudbury, ON is now complete and in an opening round battle of pre-tournament favourites, PEI’s Brett Gallant, the 2009 World Junior silver medalist, made a terrific triple takeout in the 8th end to score two points holding off 2009 Canadian Mixed Champion, Manitoba’s Sean Grassie, 8-6. Down one point in the last end without the hammer, Grassie tried to draw around a stone in the top of the house but came up light and Gallant did not have to deliver his final stone of the game for the win. www.curling.ca/championships/curlcast-1/ Draws continue throughout the week at the Sudbury Curling Club with game times each day – Saturday, November 12 to Thursday, November 17 – at 10:00 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. The final draw is Friday, November 18th at 9:00 a.m. followed by playoffs leading to the championship final Saturday, November 19th at 1:30 p.m. (all times Eastern).In other first round action, Nunavut’s first ever game at a CCA championship was not one to remember. Northern Ontario’s Mike Assad stole three points in the first, another steal of two in the 2nd end and then a score of six points in the 7th end in a 14-3 trashing of Iqaluit’s Ed Sattelberger. Quebec’s Martin Ferland stole three points in the 6th end and then another steal of two in the 8th end cemented his victory 9-3 over the Yukon’s Scott Hamilton. New Brunswick’s Sylvie Robichaud had a convincing win dumping BC’s Doug Marshall 7-3. Finally Ontario’s Mark Homan of Ottawa played 10 ends to defeat Steve Moss of the Northwest Territories 9-6. Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia, Alberta and Newfoundland & Labrador had first round byes. For complete results, visit the CCA’s CurlCast