Women’s Medal Games
The Saskatchewan team (skip Delores Syrota, third Bev Krasowski, second Donna Liebrecht and lead Sylvia Broad, and the Ontario team (skip Dale Curtis, third Rosemary Gowan, second Brenda Clark, lead Susan Martin) played for the 2017 Gold/Silver Medals, while Teams Manitoba (skip Gwen Wooley, third Lynn Sandercock, second Kathy Isaac and lead Mardie Newton) and British Columbia (skip Janet Klebe, third Kerri Miller, second Jane Adam and lead Laurie Shimizu) competed for the Bronze medal.
In the gold medal game, Saskatchewan came out right at the gate with two points in the first end and never looked back with steals in the second, third, and fourth ends to build an insurmountable 9-0 lead at the break. Showing some true grit, Ontario came back and scored in the fifth but it was not enough as Saskatchewan went on to win the game in the sixth end and take home the Gold Medal. The Ontario team can hold their heads high after playing well all week and earning the Silver medal.
An interesting bronze medal game saw BC holding on to a slim 4-3 lead at the end of four ends based on a four-point end in the second. BC came back from the break with their second four-point end in the fifth end to take a decisive 8-3 lead. While Manitoba countered bravely in the sixth and seventh ends, British Columbia held on to win the Bronze medal in a very well played game.
Men’s Medal Games
The Alberta team (skip Fred Armstrong, third Keith Glover, second Bob More and lead Rick More) and the Northern Ontario team (skip Al Hackner, third Eric Harnden, second Frank Morissette and lead Bruce Munro) played for the 2017 Gold/Silver Medals while Teams Saskatchewan (skip Jim Wilson, third Colin Coben, second Dale Kohlenberg and lead Daryl Eddingfield) and Prince Edward Island (skip Bill Hope, third Craig Mackie, second David Murphy and lead Bill Doherty) competed for the Bronze medal.
Gold medal game between Northern Ontario and Alberta: With two deuces scored in each of the first and third ends, Northern Ontario went into the break with a 4-3 lead over Alberta. Alberta scored singles in the fifth and seventh ends, and Northern Ontario scored one in the sixth end, which meant the game was tied at the end of the seventh. Using hammer to his advantage coming home, Hackner scored on his last shot in a hotly contested match to win the game and take home the Gold Medal. Alberta played a great game, earning the Silver medal.
Bronze medal game between Saskatchewan and Prince Edward Island: Both teams started cautiously, playing a low scoring, hitting game, blanking and trading ends, with Saskatchewan leading 2-1 at the halfway point. Continuing a tight scoring game, PEI scored two to tie the game at 3-3 in the sixth end. Each team scored deuces in the seventh and eighth ends to remain tied 5-5 in regulation. Team Saskatchewan eked out the win and a Bronze medal with a draw to the button in a very well played game.
This is the final draw for determining the top four teams in each of the Mens and Womens palyoffs.
Mens Championship Draws
With one game to play in the championship draws, the current standings are 1. Saskatchewan (8-1) 2. Ontario (7-2) 3. Alberta (7-2) 4. PEI (6-3). The key championship matchup in this draw was on sheet 4 where team Alberta was playing team Saskatchewan with first place at stake. With an Alberta win, they would finish first and Saskatchewan would finish third. Teams Northern Ontario and PEI will enter the playoffs in 2nd and 4th.
In an extremely hard fought and contested game that was tied at the end of four with blanks in the 5th, 6th, and 7th ends, Alberta won with their final stone with a draw to the button, thus finishing first for the semifinals.
In other mens championship matches:
In BC’s last game of the bonspiel they dominated PEI with an 8-3 victory. In a game where Ontario and Newfoundland Labrador were playing for next years ranking, Ontario prevailed with a 6-3 win. With an opportunity for a tune up prior to the semifinals, Northern Ontario looked strong with a 7th end 8-3 win over Quebec.
Leading into the draws, the standings were as follows: 1. Manitoba (7-1) 2. Ontario (7-1) 3. Saskatchewan (6-1) 4. British Columbia (6-1). There were two pivotal matches: Team PEI team had an opportunity to oust Saskatchewan from the top 4 playoff positions with a win against team Alberta coupled with a Saskatchewan loss to team Manitoba.
With PEI hopeful and looking for a semifinal berth, they played a strong 7 ends up 6-4 before Alberta took two in the 8th with the hammer to force an extra end that PEI won in the 9th. At the other end of the ice, in an excellent game that started with a blank and then seesawed point by point from beginning to end, Saskatchewan pulled off a 4-3 win with a steal in the 8th end to advance to the semifinal round.
In other womens championship matches:
With Ontario and BC each secured a playoff spot, British Columbia prevailed 6-5 in a very close game. Northern Ontario finished the bonspiel well with a convincing 10-1 win against New Brunswick.
The tables set and the top four mens and womens finalists have been established for the semifimal matches:
2. Northern Ontario.
4. British Columbia
Alberta (8-2) versus PEI (6-4) turned out to be a close game with single points being awarded in each end after a 1st end blank. In the end, Alberta prevailed 6-2 shaking hands after 7 ends.
Northern Ontario (8-2) versus Saskatchewan (8-2). The formidable Al “The Ice Man” Hackner and his team came to play with a near perfect game. Starting with 3 in the 1st end, Northern Ontario continued to build on their lead against Wilson’s very strong Saskatchewan team which made it close in the 6th end culminating with a handshake in the 8th end in favour of NO.
Ontario (7-2) versus British Columbia (7-2). The Curtis team from Ontario and the Klebe team from BC turned out to be very well matched opponents. The game went back and forth with both teams tied at 5 at the sixth end and with Ontario going on to eke out a 9-6 win by scoring 4 in the 8th end and earning their way into the gold medal game.
Saskatchewan (7-2) versus Manitoba (7-2). Syrota’s Saskatchewan team played with focus and determination right from the beginning dominating the Manitoba rink with a 9-3 final score for a berth in the gold medal game.
Sunday 10:00 am Women’s Finals
Gold/Silver medal game: Ontario vs Saskatchewan
Bronze medal game: Manitoba vs BC
Sunday 2:00 pm Men’s Finals
Gold/Silver medal game: Alberta vs Northern Ontario
Bronze medal game: Saskatchewan vs PEI
Teams in both the Men’s and Women’s Championship Pool continued to battle for playoff position on Friday at the 2017 Hy-Grade Steel Roofing Canadian Masters Curling Championships taking place at the Guelph Curling Club in Guelph, Ont.
Women’s Championship Round
The leaders had their hands full on Friday night as teams poured it on in the second-last draw before playoffs begin.
Manitoba’s Gwen Wooley, who came into the Friday night draw of the Championship round undefeated, met her match in Alberta’s Diane Foster, who stole three ends for a 6-4 win.
Steals were also the theme in the match between Saskatchewan’s Delores Syrota and PEI’s Sandy Hope, where it was Hope who dominated with four steals on the way to an 8-1 win.
And steals also were the difference in two more women’s games: a 5-2 win for Ontario’s Dale Curtis over New Brunswick’s Ellen Brennen, and an 8-2 win for B.C.’s Janet Klebe over Northern Ontario’s Barbara Ward.
The standings heading into the final draw on Saturday morning show Wooley (MB) and Curtis (ON) at the top with 7-1 records, followed by Syrota (SK) and Klebe (BC) at 6-2. Hope (PEI) and Foster (AB) are close behind at 5-3. Brennen (NB) and Ward (NO) trail the pack at 2-6.
The final standings were determined in the Seeding Pool, which wrapped up on Friday: Louanne Labelle (NS) at 4-4, Jean Rockwell (NL) at 2-6, Odette Trudel (QC) also at 2-6 and Ellen Johnson (YT) at 0-8.
Men’s Championship Round
The battles continued over in the Men’s Championship round Friday night draw as well.
Alberta’s Fred Armstrong stole four points in two straight ends on the way to a 7-1 win over Northern Ontario’s Al Hackner. Both teams now sit in second place in the standings with 7-2 records.
First place belongs to Saskatchewan’s Jim Wilson, who rolled to 7-4 win over Quebec’s Greg Sleno. In other games, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Gary Oke gave up a steal in the final end handing an 8-7 win to PEI’s Bill Hope; and Ontario’s Bruce Delaney battled to a 4-1 win over B.C.’s Ken Watson.
Heading into the final draw of the Championship round, the standings look like this: Wilson (SK) holds first place with an 8-1 record, followed by Armstrong (AB) and Hackner (NO) at 7-2. Hope (PEI) is currently in fourth place with a 6-3 record, fifth is Delaney (ON) at 5-4, and then Watson (BC), Oke (NL) and Sleno (QC) at 4-5.
The Men’s Seeding Pool was finalized on Friday as well: Manitoba, New Brunswick and Ontario’s second team are tied at the top at 4-5, with Nova Scotia (3-6), Yukon (2-7) and Northwest Territories (1-8) completing the standings.
The Men’s and Women’s Championship round winds up on Saturday at 9 a.m. At that point, the four top teams will move on to playoffs (1 vs 4, 2 vs 3) at 2 p.m. Follow the live scoring here: http://ontcurl.com/scoreboard/#!/competitions/2338.
The Championship Round is underway to determine who will move on to the playoffs at the 2017 Hy-Grade Steel Roofing Canadian Masters Curling Championships taking place at the Guelph Curling Club in Guelph, Ont.
Women’s Round Robin and Championship Round
The two undefeated women’s teams – Manitoba’s Gwen Wooley and Saskatchewan’s Delores Syrota – led the charge towards playoffs after finishing at the top of their round robin pools with 5-0 records, followed by Ontario’s Dale Curtis and B.C.’s Janet Klebe, both at 4-1.
Alberta (Diane Foster), PEI (Sandy Hope), New Brunswick (Ellen Brennen) and Northern Ontario (Barbara Ward) make up the rest of the Championship Pool.
Moving on to the Seeding Pool are Nova Scotia (Louanne Labelle), Quebec (Odette Trudel), Yukon (Ellen Johnson) and Newfoundland and Labrador (Jean Rockwell).
In the first draw of the Championship round, Wooley and Syrota continued their winning streak. Wooley led her Manitoba crew to a 10-1 win over New Brunswick’s Ellen Brennen, while Syrota stole the first two ends on the way to a 6-4 win over Barbara Ward of Northern Ontario.
Curtis (ON) and Klebe (B.C.) also won their first games of the championship round to stay in touch with the leaders. Ontario defeated Alberta 6-2, and Klebe earned a 6-3 victory over Prince Edward Island’s Sandy Hope.
The wins leave Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and B.C. comfortably at the top of the Women’s standings, with Prince Edward Island, Alberta, New Brunswick and Northern Ontario trailing. Only the top four teams move on to the playoffs.
Men’s Round Robin and Championship Round
The final draw of the Men’s round robin on Thursday morning featured crucial games for teams hoping to stay in the playoff mix.
In Pool A, Alberta’s Fred Armstrong scored three in the sixth end on the way to a 6-5 win over B.C.’s Ken Watson, bringing B.C. back to the pack.
Newfoundland and Labrador’s Gary Oke also earned an important win on Thursday morning. Trailing 5-3 after seven ends, Oke scored a three-ender to take a 6-5 win over Northwest Territories’ Paul Delorey and join Armstrong, Watson and Quebec’s Greg Sleno in a four-way tie at the top of Pool A, all with 4-2 records.
In Pool B, Saskatchewan’s Jim Wilson stole a point in the eighth, and another in the extra end to squeak out a 5-4 win over Ontario’s Bruce Delaney and move into a tie with Northern Ontario’s Al Hackner at the top of the standings, both teams with 5-1 records.
Delaney moved into the Championship round on the strength of a 3-3 record, along with PEI’s Bill Hope, who finished the round robin at 4-2, one of five teams that came into the Championship round of eight teams with matching records.
The first draw on Thursday evening provided an opportunity for teams to climb closer to those last four playoff spots.
Northern Ontario’s Al Hackner held off a late charge by Newfoundland and Labrador’s Gary Oke, who stole the last two ends but came up just short in a 6-5 win for Hackner.
After giving up two consecutive steals, Saskatchewan’s Jim Wilson scored a deuce in the final end to battle back for a 5-4 win over B.C.’s Ken Watson.
Alberta’s Fred Armstrong came from behind to score a big five in the final end and take a 9-7 win over PEI’s Bill Hope.
And Ontario’s Bruce Delaney climbed back towards the leaders with a 4-2 win over Quebec’s Greg Sleno. With win, Delaney joins a contingent of five teams with 4-3 records.
The Men’s and Women’s Championship and Seeding rounds continue on Friday with games at 8:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., all games EDT. Follow the live scoring here: http://ontcurl.com/scoreboard/#!/competitions/2338.
The standings are taking shape as the Championship Round looms at the 2017 Hy-Grade Steel Roofing Canadian Masters Curling Championships taking place at the Guelph Curling Club in Guelph, Ont.
Men’s Round Robin
The two previously undefeated teams in the Men’s competition were brought back to the pack today, with B.C.’s Ken Watson losing 10-7 to Quebec’s Greg Sleno in Pool A, and Northern Ontario’s Al Hackner losing 6-9 to PEI’s Bill Hope in Pool B action during the morning draw.
In the afternoon draw, Hackner bounced back with a 12-7 win over Yukon’s George Hilderman and continues to hold the top spot in in his pool with a 5-1 record.
PEI’s morning win helped them climb into a tie for second place with Saskatchewan’s Jim Wilson, both with 4-1 records.
On Wednesday afternoon, Ontario’s Bruce Delaney stole a deuce in the seventh end to defeat Manitoba’s Mark Franklin 9-5 to stay close to the Pool B leaders with a 3-2 record.
Wilson powered over Nova Scotia’s Steve Ogden in the afternoon draw, taking a 7-1 lead after four ends and never looking back for a 7-2 win.
Over in Pool A, B.C.’s Watson maintains the lead, despite suffering his first loss. The win by Quebec created a four-way tie in the standings: Sleno, as well as Gary Oke (NL), Jim Lyle (ON-2) and Fred Armstrong (AB) are all at 3-2.
Women’s Round Robin
In the Women’s competition, two teams remain undefeated: Saskatchewan’s Delores Syrota and Manitoba’s Gwen Wooley.
In Pool A action, Syrota (5-0) put on a dominant performance, stealing four straight ends on the way to an 11-0 win over New Brunswick’s Ellen Brennen on Wednesday morning.
B.C.’s Janet Klebe (4-1) scored a big five points, then stole the next end to defeat Quebec’s Odette Trudel 9-3, while Alberta’s Diane Foster defeated Newfoundland and Labrador’s Jean Rockwell 7-2 to climb to third place in the standings with a 3-2 record.
In Pool B, Manitoba’s Wooley overpowered Nova Scotia’s Louanne Labelle with a 12-5 win, thanks to a six-ender that put the game out of reach.
Ontario’s Dale Curtis takes over second place with a 4-1 record. Curtis defeated Northern Ontario’s Barbara Ward 10-2 on Wednesday morning.
PEI’s Sandy Hope opened with a four-ender and never looked back in a 10-3 win over Yukon’s Ellen Johnson. With the win, Hope takes over third place in the Pool B standings.
The round robin continues on Thursday with a Men’s draw at 11 a.m., followed by the start of the Championship and Seeding Pool games at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
The leaders are starting to emerge after two days of round robin play at the 2017 Hy-Grade Steel Roofing Canadian Masters Curling Championships taking place at the Guelph Curling Club in Guelph, Ont.
Women’s Round Robin
Two women’s teams – Saskatchewan and Manitoba – remain undefeated as the round robin continued on Tuesday.
In Pool A, Saskatchewan’s Delores Syrota kicked off the day with an 8-4 win over British Columbia’s Janet Klebe, then stole three ends on the way to an 8-3 win over Newfoundland and Labrador’s Jean Rockwell in the afternoon draw.
Klebe was able to bounce back with a 10-1 win over New Brunswick’s Ellen Brennen in the evening draw and finished the day with a 3-1 record, good for second place in Pool A.
In Pool B, the last draw of the day featured a face-off between two undefeated teams, Manitoba’s Gwen Wooley and Ontario’s Dale Curtis. It was Wooley who came out on top of a 10-6 score and takes over first place in the standings with a 4-0 record. Ontario drops to second place with a 3-1 record, ahead of PEI and Northern Ontario, at 2-2.
Earlier in the day, Nova Scotia’s Louanne Labelle won her first game, stealing two points in the final end to defeat Yukon’s Ellen Johnson, 6-4.
Men’s Round Robin
In Men’s Pool B action, Northern Ontario’s Al Hackner continues to lead with a 4-0 record. The team from Sault Ste. Marie had an easy night on Tuesday, scoring five points in the second end against Ontario’s Bruce Delaney, and then stealing the next two ends for an eventual 8-0 win in six ends.
Trailing Hackner in Pool B is Saskatchewan’s Jim Wilson with a 3-1 record. Wilson had a two-win day, defeating PEI’s Bill Hope 7-5 in the morning draw, then battling to a 4-3 win over Manitoba’s Mark Franklin on Tuesday evening.
In Pool A, B.C.’s Ken Watson stole four points in the last end to defeat Newfoundland and Labrador’s Gary Oke 9-3 in the morning draw. Watson finished off the day by stealing the final end in a 6-5 win over Ontario’s Jim Lyle, maintaining B.C.’s undefeated record and moving Watson to first place in the Pool A standings.
Lyle, Oke and Alberta’s Fred Armstrong are right behind, all with 2-1 records.
They said it:
Saskatchewan third Bev Krasowski and second Donna Liebrecht after defeating B.C. in the morning draw to remain undefeated:
[About the close game with B.C.] It was close. Actually, we probably could have got up in the sixth end. They had a little lucky break and rubbed a guard and came onto our shot rock. We probably would have been laying three, but they stole one. That was a turning point for them, to keep the game real close. And they were gambling a bit in the seventh end, and we ended up drawing for four with our last rock. Other than that, it was a close game, a well-curled game by both teams.
There’s no cakewalk here. It’s a tough field.
Jim Wilson, skip, Saskatchewan, after a 7-5 win over PEI in the morning draw:
(We needed that win) big time. We were happy to get out of Day 1 (with a) 1-1 (record). Any time you play Al Hackner, it’s a tough road. We stayed with them. It didn’t work out for us so we had to regroup and come out and win the next one.
(The team is playing) pretty good. We’re having a few issues with the ice, but it’s coming, and every game we’re getting better.
This event rates right up there. Any time you go to a Canadian championship, it’s great. The people are wonderful, and the curlers – well, it’s funny the progression that goes on. I’ve played a couple of these people in a Brier, then all of sudden you get to the Seniors and you meet the same people, and then we’re in the Masters. So it’s wonderful.
Eric Harnden, third, Northern Ontario, after defeating Manitoba in the afternoon draw to keep their winning streak going:
It feels really good. The ice is good and we’ve been throwing well. We could maybe play a little bit better, but so far so good. Yeah, we’re happy.
This is really good competition, it really is. I mean, it’s guys that have curled forever, for the love of the game, and the competition’s great. It’s fun to compete at our age. The event (at Guelph Curling Club) is well run. It’s just A-plus.
Louanne Labelle, skip, Nova Scotia, after stealing two points in an extra end for a 6-4 win over Yukon – Nova Scotia’s first win of the round robin:
The first win feels really good. It’s been tough. The competition’s really good, and it’s our first time at a national so, of course, we’re a little nervous, and you have to get used to the ice, so it’s a little stressful.
[About starting with a last-shot loss to PEI in the opening game and having to regroup] We had a lead, and we had a lead in the second game too, and we gave it up again. It is hard to come back from that, it’s a downer kind of thing. But we lost again to Ontario (undefeated so far) this morning, and we got down because we gave up a big end again, but we fought back and we stole and we stole and we stole, and we actually played the eighth end (down four) but we started getting the draw weight and we started making some good shots so we said “let’s keep playing,” because it’s a confidence-builder.
The first day of competition is complete at the 2017 Hy-Grade Steel Roofing Canadian Masters Curling Championships taking place at the Guelph Curling Club in Guelph, Ont.
Men’s Round Robin
Northern Ontario skip Al Hackner’s goal of adding a Master’s to his Seniors and Men’s national titles got a boost on Monday as he kicked off with a 9-4 win over Nova Scotia’s Steve Ogden. Hackner and his team from the Community First Curling Club in Sault Ste. Marie followed up by stealing four ends on the way to a 6-1 win over Saskatchewan’s Jim Wilson in the evening draw.
The strong start puts Hackner at the top of the standings in Pool B, followed by Manitoba, PEI, Saskatchewan and Ontario, all with one win. Nova Scotia and Yukon will be looking for their first win on Tuesday.
In Pool A, BC’s Ken Watson, is alone at the top after stealing a single in an extra end for a 4-3 win over New Brunswick’s Robert MacDiarmid to cap off a two-win day.
MacDiarmid , Newfoundland and Labrador’s Gary Oke and Alberta’s Fred Armstrong are right behind with 1-1 records. Northwest Territories and Quebec are still looking for their first win.
Women’s Round Robin [or Tiebreakers, or Semifinals, or Finals]
Ontario’s Dale Curtis, the home-province favourite, joins four other women’s teams at the top of the two pools with perfect 2-0 records. Curtis cruised to a 12-1 win over Yukon’s Ellen Johnson in the opening draw, and followed that up with an 11-1 win over PEI’s Sandy Hope in the evening draw.
Also at 2-0 are Manitoba’s Gwen Wooley, who shares top spot with Curtis in Pool B, as well as B.C.’s Janet Klebe, Saskatchewan’s Delores Syrota and New Brunswick’s Ellen Brennen in Pool A.
Brennen, who is playing with a cast after breaking her arm a few weeks ago, had a strong first day, scoring a six-ender in her opening game against Newfoundland and Labrador’s Jean Rockwell, then stealing four ends on the way to a 9-6 win over Quebec’s Odette Trudel in the evening draw.
Pool A’s Rockwell, Trudel and Alberta’s Diane Foster are still looking for their first win, while in Pool B, PEI’s Hope and Northern Ontario’s Barbara Ward have 1-1 records, and Nova Scotia’s Louanne Labelle and Yukon’s Johnson are still looking for their first win.
They said it:
Sandy Hope, skip, Prince Edward Island, after a 6-5 win over Nova Scotia in the opening draw:
It feels great (to have the first game out of the way). I still have butterflies in my stomach. I’m glad we were able to pull it out at the end, because it wasn’t looking very good. (The team) is playing good. It’s the first game and we’re trying to get the butterflies out. We will improve, and I have all the faith in the world in the three people who throw in front of me, so I’ve just got to keep up my shots.
(The welcome) here has been fabulous, fabulous fabulous. Can’t say anything more. I know it’s only going to get better as the week goes on, too.
Ellen Brennen, skip, New Brunswick, after a 9-5 win over Team Newfoundland and Labrador in Draw 2:
[About scoring a six-ender to take a 9-4 lead after six ends] I don’t go up and down between shots any more, so I didn’t even know that we could get (a six-ender), and there it was. My team must have done well because we had six in the house!
(I’ve) been to the Masters five times, and won it three times, but I wasn’t skipping every time. Everything here (in Guelph) is marvelous, but it always is, because if you come with a happy heart, and you’re glad to be here, everything should be wonderful.
Gary Oke, skip, Newfoundland and Labrador, after an 8-4 win over Quebec in Draw 2:
The ice is really nice, actually. Nice curl in the ice, nice speed. Nice building, beautiful building. Curlers adapt to ice pretty quickly generally and there’s no problem out there. That made things nice and easy. Easy to read, easy to play and very enjoyable.
[About stealing two ends] (Quebec skip Greg Sleno) came up a little heavy on a draw in six, and then in the last end, I just put a rock up on top because I was up three and he didn’t have a whole lot of shots to make.
I was here (in Guelph) years ago. I took a course at the turf course at the University, in another lifetime, that was. It’s a beautiful city, very nice.
The team is playing good. It’s our team from last year, except our third is new. Our other third hurt himself so he couldn’t come this year, and we just love it. Get out and meet people again, and meet people we’ve played with. I’ve been around for too long. I’ve played with people in Briers before, and Mixed, so you come to meet a lot of people, and it’s really nice. Old home week. You’ve got to love it!
Opening Ceremonies (April 2)
Meet & Greet (April 1)
It was “standing room only” at the opening day meet and greet – a chance for players and fans to meet new friends and connect with curlers from all across Canada. The week is off to a great start and the games haven’t even begun!