Syrota & Hritzuk Victories Highlight Busy Weekend in Saskatchewan

Team Delores Syrota Defend Provincial Title

In the Women’s final, Kopach with hammer in one scored her two, with the second end blanked bySyrota. Syrota,With hammer in three, made an open hit for 3 to take an early lead at 3-2. In four, Kopach was in early trouble from Syrota. Facing three Syrota counters, Needing full four foot, Kopach came up light on her last draw, giving up a steal of three. At the fourth end break, Syrota 6-2. In 5, Kopach, with hammer, had control throughout the end, and drew the four foot to score her two. 6-4 Syrota after 5.
Syrota and Kopach traded hits throughout the 6th end, but a key miss by Syrota allowed Kopach to force Syrota to a single in 6. 7-4 Syrota after 6. In 7, Syrota played a very good defensive end and only allowed Kopach a draw to the four foot for her single. 7-5 Syrota after 7. With hammer in 8 and up by two, Syrota needed to hit a Kopach counter with her first hot, running Kopach out of rocks and secured the 7-5 win.

(Left to right): Delores Syrota (Skip), Bev Krasowski (Third), Donna Liebrecht (Second), Sylvia Broad (Lead)

(Left to right): Eugene Hritzuk (Skip), Colin Coben (Third), Verne Anderson (Second), Daryl Eddingfield (Lead)

Hritzuk Back on Top as Provincial Champion

With hammer in the first end, Hritzuk scored a deuce to take a 2-0 first end lead. Thiele was forced to one in two to make it 2-1, Hritzuk. With hammer in three, Hritzuk faced some pressure from Thiele and gave up a steal of one tying the game at 2-2 after 3. Hritzuk drew the four foot on his last shot in four getting his two after facing early Thiele pressure. 4-2 Hritzuk after 4. In 5, Thiele played a perfect come around a corner guard forcing Hritzuk into a difficult run back which he narrowly missed, allowing Thiele to score 2. 4-4 after 5. In 6, Hritzuk had Thiele under pressure with two in the hour foot behind a centre line guard. but on Hritzuk’s last shot, a hard angle raise tap, Hritzuk was only able to score 1 after a measurement, 5-4 Hritzuk after 6. A double attempt by Hritzuk on his last rock in 7 just missed, giving Thiele an open draw for 2 in 7. 6-5 for Thiele. In 8 with hammer, Hritzuk needing 1 to tie and 2 to win, Thiele managed to bury a rock on the button, putting pressure on Hritzuk to even score. Two double peel attempts by third Colin Coben just missed giving Thiele chances to place guards. A great takeout by Thiele on his last rock forced Hritzuk to play a hit and stick for his single on his last rock. Hritzuk scores 1, game tied 6-6 after 8. In the extra end, Thiele with hammer. Thiele managed to bury two behind Hritzuk’s centre line guards in the early going. Hritzuk’s second, Verne Anderson threw a perfect draw behind cover to out count the Thiele rocks. Thiele’s peel attempt missed, allowing Hritzuk to place a better centre line guard. Hritzuk’s last skip rock, playing a guard, was light and hogged giving Thiele a tough tap back which he missed, giving Hritzuk the steal and a 7-6 win, and the championship.

Laycock Picks Up First Win at Tim Hortons Brier

It may not have been the start skip Steve Laycock of Saskatoon and the rest of Team Saskatchewan at this years Tim Hortons Brier, dropping their first two games against Quebec & Manitoba during opening weekend here in Regina. But Saskatchewan put on a show Sunday evening during Draw 5 action against Team New Brunswick, as the teams curled a collective 89% as a team to pick up the 9-4 victory and get them into the win column!

With just the single game here on Monday, the boys will look to keep things rolling this afternoon where they will take on Team Prince Edward Island as both teams currently sit at 1-2 records!

Upcoming Saskatchewan Games:

Draw 7 (Mar. 5 @ 2:00pm) vs. Team Prince Edward Island
Draw 9 (Mar. 6 @ 9:00am) vs. Team Northern Ontario
Draw 11 (Mar. 6 @ 7:00pm) vs. Team Nunavut

For all scores/results, please click here.

Steve Laycock calling line during Draw 5 at Tim Hortons Brier in Regina (Photo, Curling Canada)

Team Bindig ~ Wadena Curling Club

Team Haupstein ~ Weyburn Curling Club

SK Region Playdowns Continue

We are in the midst of playdown season here in Saskatchewan, with numerous provincial championships starting to take shape with region playdowns continuing throughout the province of Saskatchewan! Congratulations to the following teams who earned berths into their respective provincial championships:

Team Tessier (Prince Albert) ~ U18
Team Bindig (Wadena) ~ U18
Team Haupstein (Weyburn) ~ U18
Team Fedak (Wadena) ~ U18

The 2018 Ramada Hotels, presented by the Optimist Club of Saskatchewan, U18 Provincial Championships will begin Mar. 22-25 in Swift Current!

Team Fedak ~ Wadena Curling Club