Laycock defeats Virtue, heads to Brier
The weekend had high moments and low moments for the Joel Jordison rink.
© Times-Herald photo by Matthew Gourlie
Joel Jordison delivers a stone at the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre.
The Regina Highland Club rink came home empty handed at the SaskTel Tankard provincial men’s curling championship in Shaunavon.
“When we played well, we all played really well,” said Jordison. “When things didn’t go well, it just was the fact that we just weren’t consistent enough.”
Jordison, a skip from Moose Jaw along with his Regina teammates Jason Ackerman, Brent Goeres and Curtis Horwath wrapped up their weekend with 4-3 loss to fellow Regina Highland Club skip Scott Bitz on Saturday morning.
The rink opened with a 4-2 win over Randy Bryden on Wednesday. But dropped a 6-3 decision to Bitz on Thursday for their first loss.
Jordison stayed alive with a 7-6 victory over Darren Camm on Friday morning, but later fell 9-4 to Jeff Hartung in the afternoon match.
With that loss, it pushed the team to the brink of elimination in the triple-knockout format. They had to face Bruce Korte in an evening match on Friday to continue. Jordison scored two in the ninth end and another in the 10th end to win 7-5.
“We probably had one our best games of the year against Korte,” said Jordison. “At time we showed we could really play and then other times, it was just inconsistency that caught up with us.”
Steve Laycock edged Brock Virtue 7-6 on Sunday afternoon and will represent Saskatchewan at the Tim Hortons’ Brier.
There were some fireworks in the final as Virtue slammed and broke his broom in the ninth end and was ejected. This was the second year in a row that a member from Virtue’s rink was ejected — last year it was Chris Schille.
It was an interesting start to the tournament as the power went out in Shaunavon as the first rocks were being thrown on Thursday morning.
“I think the power was out for 40 minutes. Somebody made a call and SaskPower got the power hooked up, just for the rink, but I think the rest of the town was all still out of power,” explained Jordison.
The rink felt like they performed well at the Tankard, even if it didn’t end how they wanted it to.
“We were ranked 11th and I thought we could go in there and play better than that and I think we did. We finished higher than that,” he said. “We would have liked to go on a bit of a run on Saturday, but it didn’t quite ban out, but there are 15 other teams saying the same thing by the end of today (Sunday). You can’t win them all.”
Other local connections at the Tankard were Derek Owens (second for Brent Gedak) and Brock Montgomery (third for Josh Heidt). The Gedak rink lost their first two matches, won two and then lost to Kevin Marsh in the C-event. The Heidt rink lost their opener, won two straight and was eventually knocked out by Heidt in the C-event.
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