Fresh off their first-ever victory in the main draw at a Scotties, Nunavut found themselves tied 2-2 after two ends of the morning game against three-time Scotties champs, Team Homan of Ontario. However, the 2018 Olympians pulled away in the middle of the game and won 12-4 to move to 2-0 while Nunavut fell to 1-1.
Sarah Wark of Team BC was celebrating a birthday on Sunday and started her day with a 7-5 upset win over Manitoba. The win moves BC to 2-0 and Manitoba drops to 0-2. It is the second straight year that a team skipped by Tracy Fleury starts the Scotties with two losses. Last season, her team from Northern Ontario went on to win their next five games to qualify for the Championship Round.
After losing to Nunavut on Saturday, Quebec was in tough on Sunday against Northern Ontario. Krista McCarville’s team was fully intent on getting into the win column after losing their opening game to Ontario. The team from Thunder Bay stole points in three different ends in the first half of the game on their way to an 8-2 victory.
Alberta moved to 2-0 on Sunday morning by defeating the host team from Nova Scotia by a score of 6-5. Jill Brothers and her team from Halifax fell to 0-2 and will have some work to do in order to qualify for the Championship Round.
Team Canada has started the 2019 Scotties the way they started the 2018 World Championships. Team Jones is not playing that well yet, but they are finding a way to win. Team Canada defeated the Northwest Territories on Sunday afternoon in a game that was tied 4-4 until Jones scored three in the 9th end to secure a 7-4 victory. Canada moves to 2-0 while the Northwest Territories drop to 1-1.
Team Scheidegger, known as the Wild Card team at the 2019 Scotties, moved to 2-0 on Sunday afternoon with a 7-2 victory over PEI. It was a tough afternoon for PEI skip Suzanne Birt who faced one difficult shot after another while keeping her team within reach until late in the game.
Robyn Silvernagle looked much calmer on Sunday afternoon than she did in her opening game on Saturday versus Team Canada. Silvernagle curled 87% in a 6-4 win that didn’t seem as close as the final score. Saskatchewan moves to 1-1 while New Brunswick dropped to 0-2.
In one of the stranger moments of the 2019 Scotties to date, Kelli Sharpe of Newfoundland & Labrador chose to draw for four rather than attempt a wide-open hit for six in the 4th end of her game against Yukon. Sharpe missed the draw and settled for three, but her team otherwise played well in a 12-4 victory. After the game, Sharpe told the media that it was a “brain dead” moment and that if she could go back in time, she would attempt the hit for six.
In the evening draw on Sandra Schmirler Day at the 2019 Scotties, Sarah Wark and her team from BC moved to a surprising 3-0 when they defeated Nunavut by a score of 10-1. BC took control of the game with a three-ender in the 4th end then stole points in ends five through eight for a win that should put them in the mix for the Championship Round.
Manitoba earned their first win of the 2019 Scotties with a 7-3 victory over Quebec. It has been a strange start to the week for Tracy Fleury and her team as they haven’t played badly but mistakes at key moments cost them their first two games. Quebec drops to 0-3 and may find it hard to break into the win column with games remaining against ON, BC, NS and AB.
The turning point in Sunday evening’s game between Northern Ontario and Alberta came when Chelsea Carey’s team stole two points in the 6th end to take a 6-2 lead. Northern Ontario made a late comeback, but Alberta held on for a 7-6 win to remain undefeated at 3-0. Northern Ontario drops to 1-2 but have a favourable draw to end the round-robin, culminating with a game against old rival Tracy Fleury that could decide which of the two teams advances to the Championship Round.
Of the teams that were favoured to reach the playoffs entering this year’s Scotties, Ontario is the team that has had the smoothest start to their round-robin. Team Homan defeated Nova Scotia 6 to 3 on Sunday evening to improve their record to 3-0. It was a difficult evening for the home team as they fell to 0-3 in a game where Jill Brothers had to skip with what seemed like a case of laryngitis. The Championship Round may already be out of reach for Nova Scotia as they have games remaining against Manitoba and Northern Ontario.
Game of the Day
There were no games that grabbed the headlines on Sunday at the Scotties. However, the Northwest Territories and Canada were involved in a tight game in the afternoon draw that no one controlled until Team Canada scored three points in the 9th end for a 7-4 victory. Kerry Galusha and her team from Yellowknife fell to 1-1 with the loss but they are certainly playing better than they did last year when they finished 1-6 in the round-robin at the Scotties in Penticton. For their part, Team Canada played better than in their first game against Saskatchewan but still have room for improvement which could mean trouble for the teams remaining on their round-robin schedule.
Upset of the Day
If British Columbia continues at their current pace, their victories will no longer be considered upsets. However, their victory in the morning draw against Manitoba had to be considered the upset of the day on a day when there were no real upsets. Many observers anticipated that Manitoba would come out strong on Sunday morning after losing their opening game on Saturday when Tracy Fleury came up short on a draw in the 10th end. Manitoba did take a 3-1 lead early in the game but a three-ender by BC in the 5th end changed the momentum and BC held on for a 7-5 upset victory.
Tomorrow morning’s key matchup
The key matchup of Monday morning’s draw will be Team Wild Card vs Saskatchewan. This could be a statement game for a Team Silvernagle that has designs on the Championship Round. However, Team Scheidegger is showing signs of being as dominant in this year’s round-robin as they were last year when they went 6-1 in Penticton.