Alberta Clinches Berth In Final!

Kurt Balderston of Grande Prairie, Alberta has clinched the bye to the Saturday’s championship final following an 8-5 win over Ontario’s Mark Homan.

Kurt Balderston of Grande Prairie, Alberta

Balderston made a nice double take-out with his final shot of a tied game to count three. His record is 10-1 and regardless of what happens in his last two games, the berth in the final is still his. Homan drops to 7-4 and in a five way tie for third place in what should be a wild finish for the final two playoff berths in the semi- finals. New Brunswick’s Sylvie Robichaud avoided the mess at 7-4 with a workmanlike 6-3 win over Nova Scotia’s Chris Sutherland (2-8). Robichaud is alone in second place at 8-3. Joining Homan in the logjam at 7-4 are Quebec’s Martin Ferland who fell 8-5 to PEI’s Brett Gallant (6-5); Saskatchewan’s Jason Ackerman who was beaten 11-4 by BC’s Doug Marshall (6-5); and Manitoba’s Sean Grassie (7-4) and Northern Ontario’s Mike Assad (7-4) who each had evening byes. In the evening’s final match, Newfoundland & Labrador’s Gary Alcock stopped Yukon’s Scott Hamilton 14-4 to improve to 2-8. Hamilton is winless at 0-11. NWT (5-5) and Nunavut (1-9)  also had evening byes. Key Thursday match-ups are: NB versus Saskatchewan and Alberta versus Northern Ontario in Draw 16; Ontario vs BC and Alberta versus Saskatchewan in Draw 17; and, Quebec versus NB and the battle of Ontario in the evening draw when Assad meets Homan. Standings For complete results, visit the CCA’s CurlCast 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).