A 2 Win Day Gets the Train Rolling
Hello Sask Fans!
Today was a two game day. Before I provide a recap of the day, I must note, we did not have any flash-guards today (aka Garry throwing full hit weight for a corner guard). However, we did pick up two crucial wins.
We were up against Ontario at 12:30 in the afternoon. This was Ontario’s first game, and we were looking to pick-up our first win of the event. We came out strong with two good draws to the button by Garry & Kevin. We were able to win the hammer in the first end.
We were able to get a deuce to open the game, and have our first lead of the event. We forced Ontario in the second, but gave up a steal of 2 in 3. But, then Saskatchewan proceeded to make a draw to top 4, around Ontario’s guard, and a number of hits and rolls buried behind Ontario’s guard. Ontario attempted to freeze to second shot, but bounced off. This left us a hit for 5, and we did not miss this -opportunity. We had a lead of 7-3 at the break.
In the second half of the game, it was time to play defense. Ontario was able to get back to back singles to make it 7-5. In 7, Shane made a good draw to the four-foot against one, after Ontario made a clutch draw buried to lay shot. This give us an 8-5 lead, and the game ended with Ontario being run out of rocks in the 8th.
This got the Saskatchewan train going, as both teams had lost on opening day.
After the game, and some time to visit with our opponents from Ontario, we watched the ladies game. The ladies won handily against Nunavut, and the train kept rolling.
We then played Quebec in the late draw of the day. Garry covered the pin in the last stone draw, and Bob was able to only get a piece of the twelve foot. However, this was good enough for hammer. This is also our first stone outside of the four foot this week.
This game started very defensive, as Quebec threw their first stone in the house. We had a chance for two in the second, but the draw was a bit tight and light, and we only got one. In three, Quebec had a chance to hit and stick for two, but rolled out. This left the game tied at 1, after three.
In the fourth, it was time for some more Saskatchewan magic. We played a very good end, and after Quebec’s draw just ticked off our stone top 12, we had a hit for 4. Shane did not miss, and we had a 5-1 lead after four.
In the fifth, Quebec chose to hit and stick for one, instead of blanking. We had the hammer playing six, up 5-2. We then had a chance to hit for four; however, our shot overcurled (if you haven’t noticed it curls in the building), and we only got two. There was a measure for three, but it was not enough. We now led, 7-2. In the seventh, we played all out defence; this left Quebec a hit for 2, but they rolled out. With the score 7-3, Quebec shook hands.
This leaves us at 2-1. We play PEI at 12:30PM Eastern (11:30 in Sask). The ladies team also played PEI, in the same draw. They will be the game on Curling.ca webcast, and we are next door. That will be the green battle, as the two teams’ shirts and jackets are just inverse of each other.
Thanks for all of the support we have received, and please keep cheering.
Bob & the rest of team Sask.