Local interests Team Freeman, Marnoch or Irwin could face each other on Feb. 8.
Irwin has to get by Virden's Freeman team tonight, Thursday, Feb. 7. in a match starting at 7:45 p.m.
Team Freeman lost to the Morris Curling Club Team Gunnlaughson Thursday afternoon. The score sat at 3 -1 for Gunnlaughson after the sixth end and there was hope for Freeman, but with the final score was 8-1 Gunnlaughsons, putting Freeman to the B side.
Hamiota’s Travis Brooks plays for Team Steve Irwin. They have seen one loss and one victory as of Thursday morning.
After the 8:30 a.m. draw on the first day of championship play, Brooks, a second on the Irwin (Brandon) rink commented on their game against Team Thomson.
“We had a tough game. We got caught on the ice with draw weight. It was just a battle to get back after that. We played better in the second half,” he said.
Skip Ryan Thomson’s rink plays out of Granite Curling Club (Winnipeg). Thomson scored three 2-point ends as well as taking single points. Irwin scored single-point ends and the 10th end ran blank.
Teams accustomed to regular curling club ice are having to make adjustments as they go. Brooks said that after their practice round they thought they had the ice figured out, but not quite.
“We missed a few shots that were very weight sensitive. We struggled a little to find draw weight. That hurt us.”
But Wednesday evening’s game was a different story as Team Irwin defeated Pilot Mound’s Team McCannell. Irwin scored three 2-point ends and a single to a 7 – 2 victory.
Although Team Marnoch with local Branden Jorgensen, saw defeat to the Freeman team Wednesday morning, their Wednesday evening game was a different story.
Marnoch came out on top over Darren Perche of Charleswood Curling Club (Winnipeg) in the final draw Wednesday, scoring 1-point, 2-points and a three-point end, another 2-point and a single. They blanked the final two ends leaving Marnoch over Perche 9-3.
Marnoch plays David Bohn of Assiniboine Memorial Curling Club (Winnipeg) tonight.