Not one but two extra ends
When the final game in a curling bonspiel comes down to a measure or goes into not one, but TWO extra ends you know you are watching the best of the best. Well, that is just want happened in the finals of the Canola Junior Mens Curling Championships held at the Brandon Curling Club January 2-7, 2013.
The fans could not have asked for a more entertaining final than what we watched unfold on the ice. Coaches were intently watching their teams, parents were pacing and fans were holding their breath with every shot.
The Junior Men’s finals saw the rink skipped by Daniel Birchard faceoff against the rink of Matt Dunstone. The game jumped back and fourth with game changing shots made by both sides. As the Junior Women’s final game came to a close two sheets over the Junior Men were also coming home in the 10th end.
The fans had just witnessed a draw to the button made by Shannon Birchard that had to be measured for the win on the Women’s side. The excitement from that shot could be felt throughout the clubroom. So when Daniel Birchard stole one point in the 10th end to tie the game I thought fans were going to explode with excitement overload.
Little did I know that the 11th end would then be blanked and the teams would play the rocks back in a second extra end. Matt Dunstone had the hammer and he faced a well-covered Birchard stone in the four-foot. Similar to the Women’s game, it came down to a draw to the button. The crowd fell silent…
Canola Junior Men’s Curling Champs
I have never seen curlers sweep as hard as Matt Dunstone’s front end did to get his rock in for the win! Matt Dunstone’s rink consists of Colton Lott (third) Daniel Grant (second) Brendan MacCuish (lead) and Scott Grant (coach). They will proudly represent Manitoba in Fort McMurray at the Canadian Championships. Congratulations!
We heard from many of you when we asked about your curling passion. Thank you for sharing your love of the game with us. We would like to share our love of curling back with you.
Win passess to Safeway Championships
We have four VIP passes and four Full Event passes to the upcoming Safeway Championships in Neepawa February 6-10, 2013 to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment below. Share how you like to watch curling; live, on TV, do you have a favorite clubroom to visit or do you prefer to participate?
- Passess will be given away as sets of two. That’s four draws for two tickets each (two sets of VIP passess and two sets of Full Event passes).
- Contest closes Sunday, January 27, 2013. Winners will be notified via email and listed in the comment section below. Full contest rules and details are available at http://www.mcgacanola.org/Eligibilityandcontestrules.cfm CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED
Live Well… Leanne