Wow what a busy weekend of curling for all Saskatchewan Men & Women’s teams! Here is a summary of what happened throughout the weekend:
Saskatchewan Women’s Curling Tour – Moose Jaw Heritage Inn Classic
Moose Jaw played host to twelve Women’s teams around the province with action starting Friday night. Teams were split up into three different pools to play a round robin format, with the top two teams from each pool advancing to the playoff round (two best overall records advancing straight into the semi finals).
Once playoff time rolled around, some familiar faces were back into the picture. Kim Schneider (winner of the last two Sask Women Tour Spiels) faced off against a newly developed team in Breanne Meakin in the first quarter final. Schneider scored a huge three in the third end to take a 4-1 lead into the latter part of the game. But Meakin stormed right back with a deuce in the 8th end to take it to an extra, where she steals the victory and advances to the semi final.
In other quarter final action, a couple younger teams faced off in Rae Ann Williamson and Kaitlyn Jones. It was a close battle up until the fourth end break, where Jones ran off with it scoring a big three and stealing two in six to seal her a spot into the semi final.
Jones met up with Hannah Anderson (bye into the semi), and seemed that Anderson was still rolling scoring a four ender in the 4th end, followed up by back to back single point steals to win a convincing match 8-2. While Penny Barker (bye to semi), faced off with Meakin, where again the team with the bye proved they didn’t leave where they left off. With Barker taking an early 4-0 lead after two, and responded with a deuce and a steal of three to advance to the final with a 9-3 win over Meakin.
The final showdown took place Sunday afternoon, which saw Barker take a 4-3 lead into the fourth end break. Barker was just too much to handle responding in the fifth with a big score of four and Anderson conceding after six ends, with a final score of 8-3.
With this being the last SWCT Spiel of the competitive season, the top 5 final standings for the teams looked like this:
- Schneider, Kim – 23
- Meakin, Breanne – 17
- Barker, Penny – 15
- Anderson, Hanna – 10
- Martin, Nancy – 7
So, for now, Schneider has secured a berth into the Provincial Scotties in Melville with the top SWCT Berth (dependent on CTRS berth points).
To round out the three CTRS berths along with the SWCT points champion, there are two more spiels that will send the other five teams to the nine-team round robin provincial.
CURLSASK Challenge – Dec.9-11 at the Kindersley Curling Club
- Both the winner and runner up will advance to the provincial championship.
CURLSASK Last Chance Qualifier – Jan.13-15 at the Regina Highland Curling Club
- The top three teams will advance to the provincial championship (dependent on SWCT and CTRS berths).
The nine team round robin Scotties Provincial Championship will take place Jan.24-29, 2017 in Melville, SK.
Saskatchewan Men’s Curling Tour – Moose Jaw Heritage Inn Classic
Moose Jaw also played host to thirteen Men’s teams on the weekend who battled for that top spot and all important direct berth into the Sasktel Tankard Provincial Championship.
Great games all weekend long, but once playoffs rolled around the two A event winners advanced directly into the semi finals, waiting for their quarter final winner opponents.
The first quarter final saw the veterans in Randy Bryden and Joel Jordison, with Bryden taking this one convincingly 8-1. The second quarter final saw another large defeat in Ryan Armstrong scoring a huge six points in end number seven to take an 11-3 victory over Scott Comfort.
Semi finals saw Dale Craig get out to a huge 6-0 lead over Bryden after four ends of play, but that did not stop Bryden from marching on back, and indeed he did scoring back to back deuces, and also back to back singles to take this one into an extra end all tied up at 6-6. But Craig hung on for the single point and to defeat Bryden 7-6.
Semi final number two saw the Ben Gamble rink go back and forth with Armstrong locking up the score at three a piece heading into the sixth end. But Armstrong came out with the win scoring a big four ender followed with a steal of two to seal it 8-4 and advancing to the final.
The all important direct berth was on the line for both Craig and Armstrong Sunday afternoon, and Craig showing his experience took a convincing final win of 8-0 after four ends of play. This win will give Dale Craig a spot in the Sasktel Tankard Provincial Championship.
Next SCT action is Dec.9-11 in Humboldt, SK.
World Curling Tour DEKALB Superspiel – Morris, MB
Morris hosted both a Men’s Competition along with a Women’s Competition which saw four Sask teams competing. The Kody Hartung rink found themselves deep in the C Event, needing three straight victories Sunday to advance to the playoff round. Coming away with the first two victories, lined up a showdown against another Sask Men’s team in Bruce Korte. Hartung needed an extra end single to get the win and advance into the quarter finals to face off with Mike McEwen, but unfortunately just dropped the game this morning 8-1 after five ends.
World Curling Tour Red Deer Curling Classic – Red Deer, AB
Eleven Sask Men’s & Women’s teams headed to Red Deer to compete in both Men’s & Women’s competitions. On the men’s side, Jason Jacobson’s rink just fell short of making the playoffs losing a tight match in the C Event qualifier against Ted Appleman. Moving over to the women’s side, there were three teams that had the opportunity to qualify out of the C Event and into the Monday playoff round. Robyn Silvernagle was victorious scoring two points in the final two ends to win over Kalynn Virtue 6-4. Brett Barber faced off against the veteran Shannon Kleibrink, and took a tough loss 8-1. Finally, Stefanie Lawton was victorious in the other C qualifier over Chiaki Matsumura 6-2. Playoffs on Monday morning saw Robyn Silvernagle losing a close match to Nadine Chyz 6-3 , while Stefanie Lawton dropping a tough game to Kelsey Rocque 7-2.
Overall great weekend for all Sask Men’s & Women’s teams! Looking at an exciting rest of the season gearing up towards provincials.
Lafleche Level 1 Ice Tech Course
A great turnout down in Lafleche, SK for the Level 1 Ice Technician Course. There were 12 participants that received training on the weekend and enjoyed the time learning and applying knowledge! If your club is interested in hosting an ice technician course, or you are an individual looking to receive training in becoming an ice technician, please contact the CURLSASK office!