ST. JOHN’S SUPER LEAGUE CURLING

 

 

 

Team Heather Strong opened up a 3-1 lead over Team Adam Boland with stolen singles in the 4th and 5th ends.   Boland is away on a 2-week work assignment but will soon be back for the Season.   The men went down 5-2 when skip Stephen Trickett was left with a “circus shot” to salvage a point with his hammer in the 7th end.   In the final end with lots of rocks in play, skip Heather Strong with her first stone scraped around a guard with her left-handed cut-weight in turn and made a double takeout for the 5-2 win (both opposing rocks just made it through the rings).

      

   makethecall.ca (skipped by Colin Thomas)  and ASHAM (skipped by Greg Smith) played their make-up game from Draw #2 when they both were in Halifax at a CashSpiel.   makethecall.ca stole a single in the 4th end to move ahead 3-2 at the half.   ASHAM scored their final point in the 5th end and Colin Thomas put it away with a pair in the 6th and 3-count in the 7th making the final score 8-3.

Coastal Chiropractic (skipped by Matthew Smith) put together a powerful game making numerous come-arounds and scored in every end over Team Nathan Young.   Included in the 10-0 victory were 3-counts in the first and 5th ends.   Young, skipping a team of first-year SuperLeague players, did not miss any easy shots for points; every shot that he faced had high-difficulty written all over it.

Ches’s Fish & Chips (skipped by Greg Blyde) was in tough against former Super League Champions makethecall.ca (skipped by Colin Thomas).   Thomas did not score any big ends, but kept adding to a 3-0 lead from singles in the first 3 ends.   The final score was 6-0 and put makethecall.ca alone in first place after wins in their first three games.

Team Paul Harvey, a finalist last season, had pairs in the 1st and 6th ends for a 5-2 lead.   But Therapeutic Services Physiotherapy (skipped by Andrew Symonds), fought back nicely with a deuce in the 7th and a single in the 8th sending their game to an extra end at 5-5.   In that 8th end, Symonds had two counters perfectly placed around a centre guard; Harvey hit what he could see of the second stone from the button to give his foursome a chance to win in an extra end.   With hammer, Harvey had the full right side of the house to draw the 4-foot circle, but his stone slipped into the back of the 8-foot circle giving up a second consecutive steal of a single; a 6-5 victory for Therapeutic Services Physiotherapy.

 

The SuperLeague Champions from last season, Team Mark Noseworthy, also went down to defeat — 8-5 to a former League Champion, McInnes Cooper / Power Conditioning (skipped by Trent Skanes).   Again it was a come-from-behind encounter.   The Skanes foursome scored two singles to open the game but then fell behind 5-2 after 5 ends.   Momentum swung and the score was tied 5-5 after 6 ends when McInnes Cooper / Power Conditioning . matched an earlier 3-count by Noseworthy.   Noseworthy was heavy on a tap giving up a steal in the 7th end, and in the 8th Noseworthy was left with a long wide in turn angle-raise double takeout for the victory.   Both teams are now at .500; Noseworthy 1-1 and Skanes 2-2.

There follows the early-season Standings (with 16 of 105 games now played):

3 – 0    makethecall.ca (skipped by Colin Thomas)

1 – 0    Team Stacie Curtis

2 – 1    Coastal Chiropractic (skipped by Matthew Smith)

2 – 1    Team Heather Strong

1 – 1    Team Adam Boland

1 – 1    Team Paul Harvey

1 – 1    Team Mark Noseworthy

1 – 1    Team Kelli Turpin

1 – 1    Therapeutic Services Physiotherapy (skipped by Andrew Symonds)

2 – 2 McInnes Cooper / Power Conditioning Inc. (skipped by Trent Skanes)

0 – 0    Team Rick Rowsell

1 – 2    Ches’s Fish & Chips (skipped by Greg Blyde)

0 – 1    Team A. Harvey

0 – 2     ASHAM (skipped by Greg Smith)

0 – 2    Team Nathan Young