Daily match reports and news about the Championships
(scroll down for results and line scores)
London Free Press on Nationals final - February 21,
Chris Daw's hit and roll to the button
for four on a half-covered British Columbia stone in the fifth end
lifted the Londoner's Team Canada rink to a 7-4 victory over Jim Shannon
of the host Richmond Winter Club in Saturday's final of the Canadian
wheelchair curling championship. [read
Team Canada shows they know how to win - February 18,
The tournament's two most experienced
teams met in the final; a repeat of last year's match up, only this year
seven of the eight players on the ice were from BC.
BC's game plan going
in was to make Team Canada draw rather than hit, the opposite of their
successful tactics in the morning semi-final when they beat Ontario.
They started strong, taking advantage of early Team Canada missed hits,
and stole two when Team Canada's Chris Daw missed a draw. They almost
stole two more in the second with two stones biting the twelve foot, but
Daw's final stone crept in to out count them by inches.
Team Canada regrouped in the third end, stealing two, and a pressure
draw by Daw in the fourth facing four held BC to just one.
A close game was blown open in the fifth when BC's attempt to split the
house after a time out was heavy, allowing Team Canada to hit their way
to victory. Jim Shannon's final stone, a hit and roll, didn't quite
reach cover, and Daw threw a perfect takeout to score four. The teams
shook hands, with BC lying one in the sixth.
Final score: Team Canada 7 - BC 4
BC continues their run to the Championship - February
BC scored their fifth successive victory
after an 0-3 start outplaying Ontario from the opening end of the
morning championship semi-final. They stole one in the first and
continued to steal their way to a 7-0 victory.
BC's plan was to put early rocks in the house. That was Ontario's plan
as well, but BC executed better on the day. Ontario were always chasing
and never had control of the four foot. Ontario skip Chris Rees, who had
played so well in the round robin, was faced with raised double takeouts
to rescue ends, shots that needed more weight than he was able to throw.
Shannon's BC team advances to the final against Team Canada.
Semi-final set for Saturday - February 17, 2006
Team Canada's slow start to the
tournament was a distant memory as they crushed Ontario 7 - 1 in their
Page playoff game, with steals in 4 of the first 5 ends. End 3 was
blanked. Team Canada were ruthlessly efficient in not allowing the
Ontario skip an easy shot in the first two ends, by which time the game
was out of reach. This was the Team Canada the spectators had expected
to see, and the players even managed a few smiles while on the ice, an
event rare enough to be worth noting.
Team BC-A, facing early elimination after an 0 - 3 start, posted a 4th
consecutive win, beating Alberta 6 - 1 in the other Page playoff game.
The score flattered them as Alberta were a rub on a guard away from
scoring 5 in the 3rd but all credit to Melissa Soligo's squad for not
giving up after Draw 3.
Ontario will face BC-A in tomorrow morning's semi-final, with the winner
to face Team Canada in the afternoon final.
Shannon's BC-A advances to Page Playoff against Alberta
- February 17, 2006
In the first end of the morning
Tiebreaker, play was in the four foot with BC-A skip Jim Shannon drawing
through a centre line port to score one on a measurement.
In the second end, BC-B second Frank LaBounty cleared the front with a
raised double takeout, but his skip Ron Bordeleau missed an open draw
for two with his final stone and scored one.
In the third, Bordeleau sat three with skip stones to come, but his
guard over curled allowing Shannon to rescue the end with a quiet weight
hit and stay on the button.
A draw to the top four foot by BC-A third Darryl Neighbour in the fourth
froze out two opposition stones. BC-B third Vaselenak's first stone was
wide and Shannon added to the pressure by drawing down to the four foot.
An attempted double takeout by Bordeleau on his last rock almost saved
the day, but Shannon took one on a measurement.
In the decisive fifth end, Shannon stole three when his well-protected
rocks in the back of the eight foot survived Bordeleau's attempts to
raise his own stones into the house.
A Lou Gibson double takeout and a Darryl Neighbour peel ran Bordeleau
out of rocks early in the sixth end. Shannon faces Alberta in the 3-4
Page Playoff game.
Ontario perfect as Round Robin concludes - February 16,
Ontario beat slumping Team BC-B 7-2 to
end Round Robin play with a perfect 5-0 record. In tomorrow's 1 vs
2 Page Playoff they will face Team Canada who edged out Alberta 6-3 in a
game that came down to the final rock. Alberta were lying two when
skip Bruno Yitzek's final stone slid back 8 rather than top 12 to allow
Team Canada's Chris Daw an open draw with plenty of backing for the win.
Team BC-A defeated Manitoba 9-2 and will
play their BC counterparts in a tie-breaker to determine who will face
Alberta in the Page 3 vs 4 game tomorrow.
Standings tighten on Day 3 of Canadian Nationals -
February 16, 2006
Ontario continued their winning ways in
Draw 4, beating newcomers Alberta 9-3. Their 4-0 record guarantees them
first place in tomorrow's Page Playoff.
Team Canada bounced back to defeat Manitoba stealing two in the fifth
end to clinch a 7-2 win.
BC's Jim Shannon recorded his first win, beating fellow BC's Ron
Highlights of the
second day at the Canadian Nationals
Alberta scored their
first win in national competition with a come-from-behind victory over
Team BC. Despite giving up 5 in the first, Alberta battled back,
scoring 4 in the 2nd and 2 in the final end for a 7-6 win
We failed to
execute, explained BC skip Ron Bordeleau. Alberta, however,
demonstrated how well prepared they are by refusing to give in to a
large deficit, despite being in their first year of competitive play.
In the other matches,
Team Canada bounced back crushing Team BC Host 13-2 in five ends.
Ontario went 2 0, stealing in 5th and 6th to
edge out Manitoba 6-5.
Chris Rees doubled up
his more muscular fellow Ontarian Team Canada skip Chris Daw, to go 3-0
and top of the standings. National coach Joe Rea stated the roles on the
team had not yet been finally decided; eloquent testimony to where his
team stands 3 weeks before the Paralympics in Torino.
In other matches,
Alberta again proved their resilience, overcoming a 5-1 deficit to
defeat the BC Host team 6-5. Team BC bounced back from their
morning loss to Alberta with a decisive 6-2 win over Manitoba.
Report from the opening day of the Canadian Nationals -
Feb 14, 2006
It is the quietest curling I have ever
seen except for the Deaf Nationals. No sweeping, therefore no
screaming. [read more]
Team Canada upset in National Championship opener - Feb
Team BC skip Ron
Bordeleau's angle raise takeout for 3 in the 3rd was the crucial shot
in an upset 6 - 4 win over Team Canada in the opening draw. In a 6 end
game that lasted over 2 1/2 hours, veteran skip Chris Daw was
light on a draw, then missed a hit with his final stone facing 2, and
Bordeleau did not have to throw his last rock.
In other matches, the BC Hosts, down 4 -3 and facing 2, conceded to
Ontario before last skip's stones. Ontario were the only team in the
opening draw to steal; a single in the 3rd and 2 in the 4th.
Manitoba scored 3 in the final end to beat newcomers Alberta 5-4, though
the highlight of the match was a double takeout for 1 by Alberta skip
Bruno Yizek in the 3rd.
Scroll down for scores and standings.
Scores are posted in accordance with WCF rules
Rocks in play are counted even if the end is not completed.