Monday, September 28, 2009

Amber Holland Wins The Schmirler

Amber Holland and her team from Kronau, Saskatchewan, won three games on Monday in Regina to capture the 2009 Schmirler Curling Classic, with its $12,000 first prize.

Holland opened the day with a 5-3 win against Janet Harvey, then followed with another 5-3 win, over Chantelle Eberle, to reach the final.

She completed the sweep with a 6-3 victory against Kelly Scott of Kelowna, who had defeated Heather Rankin and Tracy Streiffel earlier in the day.

Strieffel had knocked out Erika Brown and her American team to reach the semifinals; Eberle had reached her semifinal with an extra-end quarterfinal victory against Kristy Jenion.

Congratulations to Amber Holland and her teammates: third Kim Schneider, second Tammy Schneider and lead Heather Seeley. More congratulations to Kelly Scott and her team; we'll see both of these fine teams again at the Pre-Trials, if not before.

And I'll be back on Thanksgiving weekend with news from Calgary.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Harvey Beats Englot In A Close One

Michelle Englot finally had a close game on Sunday morning at the 2009 Schmirler Curling Classic, where her first four matches were short and one-sided. Englot got off to a good start against Janet Harvey, and held a 4-2 lead after 5 ends.

But Harvey scored four in the sixth to take a 6-4 lead with only two ends to play. And Englot cashed a deuce in the seventh to tie the score at 6-6, but Harvey had last rock coming home and emerged with a 7-6 victory.

With the win, Harvey finishes tied with Chantelle Eberle atop group E with 4-1 records, and both teams will advance to Monday's playoffs.

Englot winds up fourth in the group at 2-3, two games short of the playoffs but only one game behind the World Champions, and will return to the ice on October 9th in Calgary for the Trail Appliances Curling Classic.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

World Champs Too Much For Englot Foursome

Chinese skip Bingyu Wang and her world championship team got off to a poor start against Regina's Michelle Englot on Saturday evening, falling behind 3-0 after the first end. But the Chinese team came roaring back, scoring 7 points in the remainder of the game while holding the Regina team to just a single, for a 7-4 win.

By cashing a couple of deuces and then stealing couple of ends (including another deuce), Wang blew a giant hole in Englot's playoff chances; Englot, now at 2-2, must win her final game against Janet Harvey, and get some help, to qualify for the playoffs.

We'll see whether they can do it.

Englot Beats Galusha, Now 2-1

Michelle Englot and her team from Regina made quick work of Yellowknife's Kerry Galusha in Saturday morning's play at the 2009 Schmirler Curling Classic, pushing their record to 2-1 and remaining in contention in what's emerging as a very tough group.

Galusha started well, stealing a single point to open the game. But then the wheels fell off Galusha, as Englot scored three in the second end, stole three in the third and stole two more in the fourth.

Galusha had seen enough at that point; make the final: 8 to 1.

Englot is still in the hunt for a playoff spot but has a long, tough row to hoe: her next opponents are the World Champions from China, skipped by Bingyu Wang, to be followed by the always-tough Janet Harvey of Winnipeg.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Link Sets Englot Back To 1-1

Kim Link and her team from Edmonton scored a quick victory over Michelle Englot and her Regina foursome in Friday night's action at the 2009 Schmirler Curling Classic.

Link stole three in the second end and scored four more in the fifth for an 8-2 victory. Englot and Link are both 1-1, Englot having beaten Chantelle Eberle earlier in the day, Link having lost against Janet Harvey.

Englot plays Kerry Galusha of Yellowknife in her next game, Saturday morning.

Englot Starts Well In 2009 Schmirler

Michelle Englot and her team from Regina got off to a good start in the big hometown spiel of the year, the Schmirler Curling Classic presented by Bank of America.

Englot and teammates Deanna Doig, Roberta Materi and Cindy Simmons broke open a 1-1 fourth-end tie with a score of four, then stole two singles for a 7-1 victory against Chantelle Eberle and her/ team, also from Regina, in Friday morning's opening draw.

Englot now enjoys a share of first place in the E pool, and will play four more games against the other teams in the pool, with Kim Link of Edmonton next on Friday evening.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Englot Set For Three Spiels In Warmup For Pre-Trials

Michelle Englot and her team will play in three cash spiels before the Pre-Trials event, and with any luck we will be able to follow their progress here.

They'll start in Regina on Friday, September 25th, with a match against Chantelle Eberle in the 2009 Schmirler Curling Classic.

Beginning on October 9th, they will be in Calgary for the 2009 Trail Appliances Curling Classic, and two weeks later they will take the ice in Winnipeg as defending champions in the 2009 Manitoba Lotteries Women's Curling Classic.

I'll do my best to keep you posted.