Arguin wins her first two games at Heritage Inn SWCT spiel
Ros Stewart knows a thing or two about comebacks at the Moose Jaw stop on the Sask. Women’s Curling Tour.
© Times-Herald photo by Matthew Gourlie
Ros Stewart delivers a stone Friday at the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre.
Last year, Stewart and her Saskatoon Nutana dropped their first game and qualified through the C event before winning the title at the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre.
Friday night she was an inch away from another pretty impressive comeback, but lost 6-5 to Lana Vey in an A event quarter-final.
“The outcome wasn’t what we wanted, but I can’t complain, I made her throw her last rock,” said the Moose Jaw-born Stewart who won her opening game 6-3 over Lorraine Schneider. “We’ll take the hard route like we did last year.”
The Heritage Inn Tour Spiel features stops from the men’s Sask Curling Tour and the women’s SWCT. Fourteen men’s teams and 16 women’s teams will compete for titles and valuable tour points.
Against Vey, Stewart trailed 6-2 after six ends, but scored two with the hammer in the seventh end. Vey was facing three with her final stone in the eighth. Vey made a raise takeout and her shooter didn’t budge which left her second shot.
“I missed a few easy shots. I did what you can’t do on this ice — I flared it a little wide and they don’t come back. It’s not forgiving ice. You have to make sure you’re throwing good and consistent with the right weight,” said Stewart. “I missed a few key ones out there and that was the difference on the scoreboard.”
Stewart returns with third Julie Vandenameele and lead Andrea Rudulier from last year’s team and adds a familiar face at second: Kailena McDonald who hails from Moose Jaw where she curled under her maiden name of Bay.
“We have a new second, so we’re still learning to gel as a team,” said Stewart. “It’s coming along.”
This will be the second of the five spiels that the Stewart rink will attend in addition to league play in Saskatoon.
“We just want to curl in some good spiels and curl against some good teams,” said Stewart.
Moose Jaw’s Lorraine Arguin advanced to the A event semifinal after she won her first two games.
Arguin scored two in the seventh end against Larisa Murray and then stole two more in the eighth when Murray’s final draw was too heavy. That was good for a 6-4 win.
Arguin beat Kim Schneider 6-5 in her opening game.
Arguin will now face Vey.
In the other A event quarter-finals, Sherry Just beat Mandy Selzer 6-3 and Michelle Englot beat Debbie Folk 6-2.
In the opening men’s draw Shawn Joyce beat Mike Armstrong 9-6, Justin Mihalicz beat Craig Ochitwa 8-3, Darrell McKee beat Murray Stroeder 11-0 and Jaime Schneider beat Brady Scharback 6-5 in an extra end.