A change in the momentum and a chance to open the scoring up was all Joel Jordison (Seaborn Agencies) needed after having trouble with the ice through the first five ends in Super League curling action as he defeated the fourth placed Ron Lucas rink by a 7-5 decision.
“I had a few problems reading the ice early in the game,” said Jordison. “I just wasn’t figuring it out and the sixth end we played an aggressive end and the guys all made eight really good shots that end and that got us back in the game. Without that, we would have been in trouble.”
Ron Lucas’ rink would open the scoring with one in the first end and another in the second end to take the early lead. Jordison would score one in the third to cut the lead, but Lucas’ skip, Glen Batty would score two in the fourth end to establish a bigger lead. Both rinks blanked the fifth end, which set up a change of momentum for the Jordison rink as he scored three in the sixth and never looked back. Batty would score one in the seventh end, but Jordison would come back in the eighth to score two and take the lead and another in the ninth to finish off the Lucas rink.
“I missed a few crucial draws,” said Lucas’ skip Batty. “In the sixth, seventh and eighth ends, it ended up giving Joel some extra room there and you can’t give Joel room because he has a good team here.”
The Lucas rink played an aggressive game throughout, but just allowed Jordison the extra space at the end of the last couple of ends, which he took advantage of to get crucial shots.
“We wanted to play smart, always trying to score points, but it is a long game,” said Jordison. “You aren’t going to win it in the first two ends, so just want to hang in there and give ourselves a chance.”
For more on this story, read Thursday's Times-Herald.