FINAL CIS CCA curling championship: Memorial men, Laurier women capture CIS Gold
Source: Memorial Sports Info
ST. JOHNS, Nfld. - The Memorial University Sea Hawks team of skip Colin Thomas, third Cory Schuh, second Chris Ford, lead Spencer Wicks, fifth Stephen Ryan, and coach Toby McDonald this afternoon won the Dominion Insurance CCA/CIS Championship Final 7-6 over a fine University of Manitoba Bisons team at the RE/MAX Centre in St. John's.
A large gallery of supporters saw the Sea Hawks out to a 6-2
lead and hang on against the Manitoba foursome. They earned the
right to represent Canada in a prestigious bonspiel in
Karuizawa, Japan in January 2012.
On the women's side the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (skip Laura Crocker, third Sarah Wilkes, second Jen Gates, lead Cheryl Kreviazuk, fifth Pam Feldkamp, and coach Maurice Wilson) outlasted Brock Badgers 7-4 and they showed a great deal of excitement in bringing home the CIS championship banner and the opportunity to "wear the maple leaf" in the Japanese venue where Sandra Schmirler won Olympic Gold.
The Linescores and Highlights for the Finals were:
Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks* 010 111 030 x = 7
Brock Badgers 001 000 201 x = 4
The trading of singles in ends 2, 3 and 4 were not without
excitement. Laurier's point in the 2nd came from
a hit and roll to a freeze position on the pin; Brock's point in
the 3rd could have been a pair had they not lost a measure,
and Laurier's single (for a 2-1 lead) in the 4th required a
draw to a piece of the button against 3.
Laurier upped the lead to 4-1 with steals of singles in the 5th and 6th ends; the first on a crash of a guard with hammer on an attempted tap-back for 2, and the second on an angle outturn raise takeout for 2 that hit shot rock but moved it just 2 feet when it needed to move it 6 feet.
END 7: the Golden Hawks continued to press. Brock skip Courtney Hodgson (in her last year of study) had to make a triple takeout with her first stone before drawing for 2 with her second (4-3).
END 8: A draw for 3 in this end was decisive; Courtney's first rock hit attempt picked up debris and missed, and her second stone was a very difficult double takeout attempt (7-3).
END 9: Brock defended nicely and forced a single on a draw (7-4).
END 10: The last Brock rock was a long runback
in an attempt to lie 3, but it overcurled and Wilfred Laurier did
not have to throw their hammer for the win.
010 101 011 1 = 6
Memorial Sea Hawks 102 030 100 0 = 7
The Memorial Sea Hawks were not so lucky as being able to
avoid throwing hammer in the final end, despite holding leads
of 6-2 and 7-3. With the score 1-1 in the 3rd end, the
Sea Hawks forced an early break. Memorial was
guarding a single stone all end; the Bison's last stone draw
was long and skip Colin Thomas drew for 2 and a 3-1
lead. It was a more difficult shot than his
eventual draw to win (which almost sailed through the circles).
END 4: Manitoba skip James Coleman rolled out on a hit for 2 (3-2)
END 5: In the biggest end of the afternoon (in more ways than one), there were 6 guarded rocks in the front quadrant of the rings when Thomas with his first stone came up a couple of inches short on a double-tap to lie 2. Manitoba blasted the pack and lay second shot on the T-line, full 8-foot, partially exposed. Thomas then made the full-weight chip-out for a commanding 6-2 lead at the 5th end break.
END 6: Coleman, hitting against 4,
"saved the farm" by making a high-weight double takeout of
two stones frozen on the button (6-3).
END 7: Thamas was left with a tap-back for 2 but cleared the guard by too much (down the same path as end #5) for a single (7-3).
END 8: Coleman crashed on his first rock. Sea Hawks guarded two rocks biting the button not knowing who was shot. Coleman was light needing to draw 3 inches of the button, but the Bisons got a single on a measure (7-4)
END 9: - Sea Hawks third Cory
Schuh hit and rolled in the 4-foot circle to lie 2,
- Coleman's first was an outturn draw to lie second shot in a dangerous position,
- Thomas guarded Manitoba's raise possibility,
- Coleman made a circus angle raise double takeout intending to lie 3 but got 1 & 2 buried out of it,
- Thomas executed a raise takeout to get one of the Manitoba counters (7-5).
END 10: The Sea Hawks faced trouble from
second stones until last rock. After a Time Out,
Coleman elected to freeze or quietly tap his guarded stone on
the top of the 4-foot circle, but it was a little heavy and
- A potentially game winning double takeout attempt by Thomas overcurled and rolled from the rings.
- Coleman had the same shot but was heavy again and he was fortunate to hang half in the back of the 12-foot circle.
- Thomas, with hammer, could draw anywhere in the rings for the win. Following the same line as Coleman (and unfortunately the same weight) sweepers did not touch the outturn and it also hung in the back of the 12-foot outcounting the last Bison's throw by a couple inches.