Kendel & Flasch to Clash in A-Event Final
Thursday night provided nothing but great shot making and tight matches to decide who would battle it out tomorrow afternoon for that first qualifying spot in this years SaskTel Tankard Men’s Provincial. Our first semi-final saw Steve Laycock take on fellow Saskatoon rink in team Brady Kendel. This was a back and forth contest witnessing clutch and precise shot making by both sides. Kendel jumped in front with a big score of three in the 6th after a nice draw to the four foot for the 5-3 lead. Team Laycock replied with a score of two to tie things up in the 8th end. The 9th end featured a runback double on Kendel’s last to pick up a big three point score. Leading by two coming home, a untimely roll out by forth rock thrower Matt Dunstone sealed the upset victory for team Kendel!
Colton Flasch and his rink out of the Saskatoon went “toe-to-toe” with Scott Bitz of Saskatoon in our other A semi-final game. An early three ender set the tone for this one. Team Flasch maintained control through out this game. In the10th end, it was Flasch who had an open hit for the win in the final end to take it and meet Kendaltomorrow in the A-Event final.
Team Flasch- Skip Colton calls line (Photo: Wanda Harron)
Team Casey – Adam Casey (Skip) (Photo: Wanda Harron)
The morning draw saw, Team Casey, the defending champions drop a close one to team Bitz. They rebounded with a big win over team Bryden with a score of 12-6 to advance in the B event.
Team Deis of the Fox Valley Curling Club dropped their opening game last night falling into the B Event. But today was a different story for the squads looking to rebound from a loss and follow it up with two wins to get them back on track. They look to keep the win streak alive when they match up with team Bitz. A great crowd was on hand to support the local favourites. Team Gedak is back on the ice fighting for their lives in the C-event at 12:00 tomorrow against Randy Bryden.
Kevin and Dan Marsh Take A Moment To Meet With Their New Fans!
Opening Ceremonies, Junior Stars and Love at First Sight
Opening Ceremonies: Yesterday saw the official opening of the 2018 SaskTel Tankard. Host Committee Chairs Helen Fornwald and Leah Moriarty put on an amazing show for the teams. With a dozen members of the pipes and drums, the crowd was treated to a world class ceremony.
Junior Stars: Another great initiative by the local host committee, each team was paired up with a local youth curler. The junior stars got an on ice experience with the teams plus a full facility tour including a visit with our rock star ice makers Darren and Jason. A huge thank you to our teams for treating these curlers to an amazing experience!
School Visits: The SaskTel Tankard is so pleased to welcome over 500 school kids from Estevan and surrounding communities! As part of Provincial Day of Curling we were able to welcome youth from Macoon, Westview, Spruce Ridge, Lampman, Pleasant Dale, Sacred Heart, St. Mary’s and Hillcrest Schools! During a visit from Spruce Ridge, two young ladies spied the cutest curlers in the building. As the game progressed, so did the budding romance for team Flasch’s, twin brothers Dan and Kevin Marsh…. As luck would have it an early finish for team Flasch allowed them to meet their newest fans.
Team Casey, treats their Junior Star, Sydney like a rock star!