PAUL HARVEY (9-1) ASSURED OF FIRST PLACE; WINS IN EXTRA END + DRAWS BUTTON FOR A SECOND WIN
SIX TEAMS FIGHTING FOR LAST 3 PLAYOFF SPOTS
SYMONDS, NOSEWORTHY, & BOLAND NEED TO WIN FINAL ROUND-ROBIN GAMES
TIE-BREAKERS LOOM LARGE IN RE/MAX SUPERLEAGUE
There was excitement for the couple dozen spectators this week in RE/MAX SuperLeague Curling. Not only were five of the six games won on the last rock, but Team Paul Harvey won two games and the last rock loss they handed Therapeutic Services Physiotherapy in the feature game not only assured the Harvey foursome of a berth in the Championship Game, but also set up excitement next draw in the battle for the last 3 playoff positions. The 3 teams at 7-3 can wrap up a playoff position with a win in their final game; Therapeutic Services Physiotherapy plays Team Curtis (1-9), Team Mark Noseworthy plays A. Harvey (3-5), and Fun ‘N’ Fast plays McInnes Cooper (a contender at 5-4). The two other teams still in contention at 6-4 are Team Colin Thomas (who plays First Place Team Harvey) and Team Heather Strong (who plays the 2-7 Greg Blyde Junior foursome on centre court).
There follows the scores and highlights for the makeup game and five regular draw matchups this week in the 2016 – 2017 RE/MAX SuperLeague Season:
Make-Up Game: In a game that started slowly and was 1-0 for Fun ‘N’ Fast at the half and 2-2 after 6 ends, Team Paul Harvey registered a 5-4 extra end victory over Fun ‘N’ Fast. The 7th end had every rock in play and Harvey was left with a high-difficulty shot for 4 — he managed to get a deuce. In the 8th end, skip Adam Boland made an open hit for a pair, but Harvey was good on a hit with hammer in the extra end to stay in First Place at 8-1.
ICE #1: In a game of a former RE/MAX SuperLeague winners, McInnes Cooper (skipped by Trent Skanes), was the 7-3 victor in their must win match against Team Mark Noseworthy, when Noseworthy’s last rock draw against 3 to go an extra end crashed a guard.
ICE #2: Former RE/MAX SuperLeague winner Team Colin Thomas scored in just two ends but that was sufficient for a 7-3 win over Team Shelley Hardy. The margin of victory was a 4-count in the 4th end which kept the Thomas foursome in playoff contention.
ICE #3: In their feature game against First Place Team Paul Harvey, Therapeutic Services Physiotherapy was valiant in defeat; skip Andrew Symonds drew the button with hammer for a point in the first end, forced the opposition to a measure in the 2nd end, and scored 3 for a 4-1 lead after 3 ends. However, the Harvey foursome came back from the deficit with 3 in the 4th, a pair in the 6th, and calmly drew the button with the last rock in the 7-6 game.
ICE #4: In the Brother/Sister Game, Team Stacie Curtis (with lead Erica Trickett) enjoyed a 5-3 lead after Curtis made a double-raise takeout for a pair in the 5th end, but Fun ‘N’ Fast (with Erica’s Brother, Stephen, playing third) stayed in playoff position by taking a 9-5 last rock victory by scoring deuces in each of the last 3 ends.
ICE #6: Team Heather Strong stayed in contention by overcoming 3-0 and 4-2 deficits with 3-counts in the 4th and 7th ends against Carroll Investments. In the last rock of the game which finished 9-6, skip Andrew Taylor, to go an extra end, was left vwith a high-difficulty inturn thin double takeout attempt (which stayed wide of the target).
The Standings, with fifty-eight of the 66 round robin games now completed, reads:
9 – 1 Team Paul Harvey
7 – 3 Therapeutic Services Physiotherapy (skipped by Andrew Symonds)
7 – 3 Team Mark Noseworthy
7 – 3 Fun ‘N’ Fast (skipped by Adam Boland)
6 – 4 Team Colin Thomas
6 – 4 Team Heather Strong
5 – 4 McInnes Cooper (skipped by Trent Skanes)
3 – 5 A. Harvey (skipped by Jeff Thomas)
4 – 6 Team Shelley Hardy
2 – 7 Greg Blyde Junior Team
1 – 9 Team Stacie Curtis
1 – 9 Carroll Investments (skipped by Andrew Taylor)
NOTE 1: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours from RE/MAX SuperLeague participants and organizers.