Week # 6 on the WCT was another great week for Hardline Curling and its teams!
The top men's event was the Point Optical Curling Classic in Saskatoon SK and featured several of the top 10 men's teams in the world. Several teams were playing the icePad. So many in fact that Mike McEwen tweeted out:
Not so long ago our team was about the only ones, but WOW has it changed - am I in #icePadholyland ??? @POCC1 #ToonTown @HardlineCurling
In quarter final action, Steve Laycock defeated Charley Thomas, Reid Carruthers beat Bottcher, and Mike McEwen defeated John Shuster. Brad Jacobs defeated Niklas Edin in the other quarterfinal.
In the semis, Carruthers took 2 in the 8th end to defeat Laycock, and McEwen defeated Jacobs in the other, setting up an all Hardline final.
McEwen took an early 1-0 lead after one, and stole 1 in the 2nd and 3 in the 3rd to take a 5-0 lead, en route to an 8-4 win and the title and defend their win from last year. This was Team McEwen's first win of the year, after a semis result in their first event in Paradise NL. Congrats Mike and team, and to all Hardline teams!
In other action on the WCT:
In Kitchener, at the KW Fall Classic, Allison Flaxey continued her recent strong play. She defeated another Hardline team Jacqueline Harrison coming back from a early 4-0 deficit to win 6-5 in the quarters. In the semi finals, Flaxey stole the 8th end to defeat reigning Ontario champion Julie Hastings by the same 6-5 score. In the finals, Flaxey faced Erica Brown of the USA, and with two steals of 2 in the game, won by a score of 7-3 and the title! Congrats Team Flaxey!
In Winnipeg, at the Mother Club Fall Curling Classic, many of our top women's teams in Manitoba took part including Kristy McDonald, Kerri Einarson, Michelle Montford. McDonald reached the quarters, while Michelle Montford defeated Kerri Einarson in the semis, and went on to win the finals over 10-3 over Beth Peterson. Congrats to Team Michelle Montford!
In Lower Sackville, NS, Team Theresa Breen, Hardline supporters, won the Appleton Rum Cashspiel, defeating Shannon Tatlock 5-1 in the finals. It was the first event for Team Breen joining many teams who won their first event playing with the icePad!
And in New Westminster BC, Team Tyler Tardi beat Jordan Kiss by an 8-2 score after 5 ends in the Anita Cochrane Memorial Junior Cash Spiel! Congratulations!
Hardline WIN Count after Week # 6: 12
Brad Gushue – Stu Sells Oakville
Silvana Tirinzoni – GSOC Tour Challenge Tier 1
Kerri Einarson – GSOC Tour Challenge Tier 2
Jacqueline Harrison – OCT Oakville Fall Classic
Brad Gushue – AMJ Campbell Shorty Jenkins Classic
Shaun Meachem – HDF Insurance Shootout
Dean Joanisse – Cloverdale Cashspiel
Mike McEwen - Point Optical Curling Classic
Allison Flaxey - KW Fall Curling Classic
Michelle Monford - Mother Club Curling Classic
Theresa Breen - Appleton Rum Cashspiel
Tyler Tardi - Anita Cochrane Memorial Junior Cash