Monday, September 29, 2008

A New Team Photo

Here's a picture of the new team. You can click on the image to enlarge it.

From left to right: skip Michelle Englot, third Deanna Doig, second Roberta Materi and lead Cindy Simmons.

Team Saturn of Regina. Long may they rock.

Kleibrink Wins The Schmirler

Shannon Kleibrink has defeated Krista McCarville, 7-6, to win the CUETS Scmirler Curling Classic in Regina.

Kleibrink, down 3-2 without last rock after 5 ends, stole 3 in the 6th and another in the 7th to take a 6-3 lead. McCarville scored 3 in the 8th to force an extra end, but Kleibrink scored the last point of the day and took home the big bucks!

The final was a rematch of the Pool A game in which McCarville handed Kleibrink her only loss of the event, but she who wins last wins best. Kleibrink's record for the event was 7-1; McCarville finished at 7-3.

Congratulations to Shannon Kleibrink and her teammates, Amy Nixon, Bronwen Webster and Chelsey Bell. Congrats also to Krista McCarville and her team of Tara George, Kari MacLean-Kraft and Lorraine Lang.

The Kleibrink team will be in Vernon for the Twin Anchors Houseboat Cashspiel next weekend, and the following week we'll see them again, in Calgary, at the Trail Appliances Curling Classic.

Until next time ... good curling!

McCarville Reaches The Final, Will Face Kleibrink

Krista McCarville has reached the final of the CUETS Scmirler Curling Classic with a 10-3 semifinal victory over Cindy Street.

Shannon Kleibrink led Bingyu Wang, 6-0, after 3 ends of the other semi, and hung on to win despite a deuce and two steals by the Chinese team.

So it's Kleibrink and McCarville in the final. Soon.

Semifinals Set At Schmirler Classic

At the CUETS Scmirler Curling Classic, the quarterfinal games are all finished, and the semifinal matchups are set.

Krista McCarville of Thunder Bay handed Cheryl Bernard of Calgary her first loss of the event, and she'll face Cindy Street, who won a Pool D rematch against Heather Rankin, in one semifinal.

The other semifinal features Shannon Kleibrink, who stole 4 in the 8th to beat Sherry Middaugh, against China's Bingyu Wang, who eliminated Saskatoon's Stephanie McVicar to remain undefeated -- that's right: the only unbeaten team left in the field comes from China!

So it's McCarville vs. Street, and Kleibrink vs. Wang.

And I'll say more when I know more.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Big Ends Lift Street Over Englot

In their fifth game of the round-robin, Team Englot stole three singles through the first four ends against Cindy Street and held a 3-0 lead at the halfway point. But Street scored 3 in the 5th and 4 more in the 7th for a 7-4 victory.

Street's win left her record at 4-1, which proved good enough to win the pool when Heather Rankin defeated Stefanie Lawton in their final round-robin game. Rankin and Lawton finished tied for second in the pool with 3-2 records; Englot wound up at 2-3.

Street will be joined in Monday's quarterfinal round by the other group winners: Shannon Kleibrink and Sherry Middaugh, who also finished at 4-1, and Cheryl Bernard and Bingyu Wang, who won their pools with perfect 5-0 records.

Rankin, Lawton and eight other teams with 3-2 records advanced to the tie-breaker round, from which three additional quarterfinalists -- Rankin, Krista McCarville and Stephanie McVicar -- have also advanced.

Steal of 3 in 7 Proves Costly, Englot Now 2-2

Stefanie Lawton stole 3 points in the 7th end to break a 3-3 tie and hand Team Englot a second straight loss Saturday night. Team Englot now stands at 2-2 and will be hard-pressed to qualify for the playoffs, apparently. But strange things have been happening in this spiel and I'm not making any more predictions.

I've been posting information from the official website of the World Curling Tour, where several hours ago Stefanie Lawton's record was listed as 3-0 and she was scheduled to play Michelle Englot on Sunday afternoon. Now it says Lawton beat Englot on Saturday night but it lists her record as 3-1, and it now says she lost her first game, against Cindy Street. I don't know what happened but I assure you I'm not making this up.

Pool D standings at the moment, according to the official site, show Lawton and Street at 3-1, Englot and Heather Rankin at 2-2, and Chelsea Carey and Aileen Sormunen at 1-3. Rankin plays Lawton on Sunday while Street plays Englot, and a four-way tie at 3-2 is possible. That would lead to multiple tie-breakers, which are always fun -- for somebody!

I'll try to keep you up to date.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Too Late For Me

The next game in Pool D is too late for me tonight; hopefully I will be able to post something about it tomorrow morning. In the meantime, here's a look at the standings in all five pools.

There's a 3-way tie with one game remaining in Pool A. Shannon Kleibrink and Stephanie McVicar are both 3-1 and will face each other on Sunday; the winner is assured of at least a share of first place in the pool. Krista McCarville of Thunder Bay is also 3-1 and can grab a share of top spot with a win against Rene Miettinen (currently 2-2). Jan Betker (1-3) and Maureen Bonar (0-4) will meet in the other game of the final Pool A draw.

All the other teams have played 3 games each and it's too soon to speculate on their results ... or is it?

In Pool B, there's a three-way tie among Sherry Middaugh, Jolene McIvor and Janet Harvey (all 2-1). Mirjam Ott, Cathy Trowell and Mandy Selzer are all 1-2.

China's Bingyu Wang leads Pool C with a perfect 3-0 record; Penny Roy and Karen Porritt are both still in the hunt at 2-1. Sherry Anderson and Andrea Kelly are probably out of it at 1-2, and Leslie Rogers is definitely out at 0-3.

In Pool D, which we are following most intently, Stefanie Lawton leads at 3-0, and Michelle Englot is second at 2-1. All the others -- Heather Rankin, Cindy Street, Chelsea Carey and Aileen Sormunen, are 1-2.

Cheryl Bernard sits atop of Pool E at 3-0; Chantelle Eberle and Kerry Galusha are 2-1. Binia Feltscher and Kerri Flett are 1-2, and Amber Holland is 0-3.

The top team in each pool and the three teams with the next best records will advance to the quarterfinals, which begin Monday morning. And I'll be back with more tomorrow.

Third Time Not So Lucky

It was over after four ends: Rankin 7, Englot 0. Michelle had the hammer for the whole game. Not the sort of thing we like to see.

But there's still a long way to go, and Team Englot at 2-1 stand second in Pool D, trailing only Stefanie Lawton, against whom they play tomorrow in a rematch of last year's provincial final.

But first, a game against Cindy Street, later tonight. And we'll be hoping for a big rebound.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Second Game Proves A Tougher Test

In their second game of the round-robin at the CUETS Schmirler Curling Classic, Chelsea Carey of Winnipeg got off to an early 4-1 lead and Team Saturn have been chasing them ever since.

As I write this, Michelle is down two with last rock playing the eighth end of an eight-end game. It's not the ideal position, but it's not impossible to win from there. (Check with Mark Dacey and/or Pat Ryan, both of whom overcame 2-point deficits in the last end of a Brier Final). I'll have more....

UPDATE: A three-spot in the eighth did the trick, and Team Saturn snuck away with a 7-6 victory. Michelle and her team are now 2-0, tied for first place in Pool D with Stefanie Lawton. They'll play Heather Rankin (now 0-2) and Cindy Street (1-1) on Saturday, and Lawton Sunday. The playoffs are Monday, and we'll have more right here.

Team Englot Starts Off On The Right Foot

Michelle Englot and her team started their season in fine style, scoring a deuce in the first end and stealing three more in the second on the way to an 8-3 win in their first game of the 2008 CUETS Schmirler Curling Classic in Regina.

The victory, over Aileen Sormunen and her team from Duluth, Minnesota, gave Team Saturn a temporary share of first place in Pool D, which is full of good teams, including those skipped by Heather Rankin and Stefanie Lawton.

There's a long way to go but that's a great start. We can follow the team's progress here, I'll have more later, and there's a chance Michelle may be able to join us online during the weekend. We'll see.

But in the meantime, congratulations to the team on a good start.