Morning Draw – Tiebreaker
There was only one game in the morning draw on Day 6 of the 2019 Scotties as Manitoba and British Columbia met in a tiebreaker for the final spot in the Championship Round. The two teams had met early in the round-robin with British Columbia defeating Manitoba 7-5 in a game that we called the upset of Day 2.
British Columbia got an early jump when they stole three points in the 2nd end but Manitoba came back and the game remained tight until BC stole another three points in the 8th on their way to an 8-5 win and a spot in the Championship Round, a milestone that few observers expected BC to reach entering the week. It came down to a battle of the skips and Sarah Wark clearly outplayed Tracy Fleury on Thursday morning, out-shooting her opponent by some 25%.
It was the end of a tough week for a Team Manitoba that put themselves in an early hole by losing their first two games of the round-robin. BC has now reached the Championship Round for the second year in a row with Team Wark looking to improve on the performance of Team Van Osch who failed to earn a win in last year’s the Championship Round.
Afternoon Draw – Championship Round
Alberta worked their way through the round-robin without really having an “off game”. Chelsea Carey never shot less than 74% and was in the 80’s and 90’s throughout the round-robin. It almost seemed like Team Carey was due for a bad game and it happened in the first draw of the Championship round as they lost to Team Canada 10-8 in a game where Carey shot only 66%.
Sarah Wark fed off the excitement of winning the tiebreaker in the morning draw to defeat PEI 9-8 in the afternoon. Suzanne Birt had a draw for the win in the 10th end but came up a centimeter short, allowing BC to steal a point for the win.
Ontario took early control of their game against the Wild Card team with steals in the 2nd and 3rd ends before taking a commanding 8-2 lead with four-points in the 6th end in a game that finished 9-2. Casey Scheidegger could not find her comfort zone on Thursday afternoon as she was out-curled by Rachel Homan 94% to 58%.
Anyone who saw Robyn Silvernagle and her team from Saskatchewan in the first few ends of their opening game last Saturday may have expected them to go winless this week, but they have certainly turned the corner since that very nervous start. Team Silvernagle has only lost one game since then including an impressive 11-5 victory over Northern Ontario on Thursday afternoon.
In golf, the third round of major tournaments is known as “moving day” as players attempt to position themselves near the top of the leaderboard for a run at the championship in the fourth and final round. At the Scotties and Brier, it could be said that the first day of the Championship Round is curling’s version of “moving day”.
You would think that Team Homan versus Team Jones would have been the marquee match-up at the Scotties over the past several years. However, the two teams had not met at a Scotties since 2015. As one would expect, Thursday night’s game was a back and forth affair that got interesting in the 9th end when Team Homan decided to give up one point to play the 10th tied with hammer. Rachel Homan was forced to a double takeout attempt in the 10th, she made it and Ontario won the game 9-6. The win moved Ontario to 7-2 while the loss dropped Team Canada to a precarious 5-4.
The Wild Card team entered the Championship Round with a record of 6-1 having won their last four games of the round-robin. Things got a little more complicated on Thursday as Casey Scheidegger struggled in her team’s games against Ontario and Northern Ontario, curling 64% for the day including 70% in her team’s 7-5 loss to Northern Ontario on Thursday evening. The Wild Card team dropped to 6-3, the same record as Northern Ontario.
Saskatchewan has quietly climbed its way into a first-place tie with a 7-2 record after the first day of the Championship Round. Team Silvernagle defeated British Columbia by a score of 8-6 for their 5th consecutive win. It was a long, three-game day for Team Wark of BC. They played well in all three games despite losing to Saskatchewan in the evening draw. The loss to Silvernagle dropped BC to 5-4.
Team Birt of PEI continued their tremendous run at the 2019 Scotties. The highest scoring team in the field put up another 10 points on Thursday night in their 10-6 win over Alberta, improving their record to 6-3. After an unbeaten round-robin, Team Carey has fallen back to the field a little on “moving day” with losses against both Canada and PEI dropping them to 7-2 for the week.
Game of the Day
Krista McCarville does not lose many games when her team curls 85% but that’s what happened on Thursday afternoon when Robyn Silvernagle and her team from Saskatchewan defeated Northern Ontario 11-5. Saskatchewan put on an impressive display, curling 91% as a team and dominating an opponent that was playing well. Several curling observers had mentioned Saskatchewan as a “dark-horse” entering the week but with performances like the one against Northern Ontario, Team Silvernagle has not only captured the attention of many but they also positioned themselves at the to
Game of the Day
Krista McCarville does not lose many games when her team curls 85% but that’s what happened on Thursday afternoon when Robyn Silvernagle and her team from Saskatchewan defeated Northern Ontario 11-5. Saskatchewan put on an impressive display, curling 91% as a team and dominating an opponent that was playing well. Several curling observers had mentioned Saskatchewan as a “dark-horse” entering the week but with performances like the one against Northern Ontario, Team Silvernagle has not only captured the attention of many but they also positioned themselves at the top of the standings with one day left before the playoffs.
Upset of the Day
It’s hard to call any result in the Championship Round an upset but PEI continued to surprise this week with its 10-6 win over Alberta. Suzanne Birt’s team from Charlottetown is averaging close to 9 points per game at the Scotties, nearly one point per game more than any other team in the field.