SUMMERSIDE – Four women’s teams are undefeated after two days of play at the 2014 Players’ Championship here at Eastlink Arena.
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Summerside native, Geri-Lynn Ramsay, right, and third stone Cathy Overton-Clapham feverishly sweep a stone during Wednesday morning’s action in the 2014 Players’ Championship curling event at Eastlink Arena in Summerside. Ramsay is the second stone for the Crystal Webster rink from Calgary, Alta.
They are Canadian women’s champion Rachel Homan of Ottawa, Eve Muirhead of Scotland, Margaretha Sigfridsson of Sweden and Silvana Tirinzoni of Switzerland.
“You can’t ask for much more,” said Muirhead following an 11-4 win over Stefanie Lawton in Wednesday afternoon’s late draw. “Two wins in the first two games is ideal, and is the kind of start we wanted to get off to.”
A six-ender by Muirhead in the seventh end quickly proved to be the turning point in a clash of 1-0 teams.
“We played the scoreboard really well,” assessed Muirhead. “We took our deuces when we had chances, we managed to get a good steal of two in the second end and finished it off with a big six-ender in the seventh.
“I’m really pleased. The ice is fantastic, and there’s lots of great support here.”
Also Wednesday afternoon, Sigfridsson scored a deuce with the hammer in the seventh end to take a 7-6 lead over Val Sweeting, and then stole three in the final eighth end to win 10-6. Sweeting dropped to 1-1.
Sigfridsson opened with a 6-3 win over Julie Hastings (0-2) in Wednesday’s 9 a.m. draw.
Homan scored back-to-back three-enders in the second and third ends to take a 6-0 lead over Crystal Webster en route to an 8-1 decision. Webster is now 1-1.
Tirinzoni also used a big end to gain control against Sherry Middaugh (0-2). Tirinzoni scored four points with last-rock advantage in the fifth end to take a 5-1 lead in handing Middaugh a 6-4 setback.
“We are a new team and have not played in this formation very long,” said Tirinzoni. “We haven’t played many big games yet, so this is very special for us. . .
“Of course, to play Jennifer Jones in the first game everybody was a little nervous.”
Tirinzoni trailed the Olympic gold-medallists 5-2 after five ends in Tuesday night’s draw, but rallied to score four points over the final three ends to win 6-5.
“I think we can still play better than we did today (Wednesday) and yesterday (Tuesday),” said Tirinzoni, whose rink of third stone Manuela Siegrist, second stone Esther Neuenschwander and lead Marlene Albrecht won the 2014 Pomeroy Inn and Suites Prairie Showdown in Grande Prairie, Alta., in late March.
Also Wednesday afternoon, Jones had to nudge Hastings’ shot rock in the four-foot to count one for a 9-8 extra-end win. Hastings, who scored back-to-back deuces in the seventh and eighth ends to tie the game 8-8, is one of four teams at 1-1.
“You can’t ask for much more. Two wins in the first two games is ideal, and is the kind of start we wanted to get off to.” Eve Muirhead
Michele Jaggi and Heather Nedohin, who are both 0-2, had byes.
Summerside native Geri-Lynn Ramsay enjoyed a winning return to her hometown Wednesday morning.
Ramsay is the second stone for the Webster rink, which defeated Jaggi 7-4 in an extra end.
“It feels pretty great,” said Ramsay. “It’s definitely different to be curling in an arena back home instead of a club. It’s nice to see all the fans in the stands.”
Ramsay and lead Jenn Gates were sweeping Webster’s final shot “as hard as we could” to get it by a guard out front. Webster was able to knock out Jaggi’s shot stone and count three.
“It was really well thrown,” said Ramsay. “I don’t think we knew we had it when she let it go, it was a little tight by the guard. But we knew if we got through the hole we were making the shot.”
Sweeting made a highlight-reel shot with her final stone to score three in the final end to record an 8-7 come-from-behind win over Middaugh in morning action.
“We hit ours onto theirs, the shooter rolled over, hit another rock of ours and then removed their other rock,” explained Sweeting. “In, off, raise, double, I don’t even know what it’s called!”
Women’s results at Players’ Championship on Wednesday:
9 a.m. Draw
Crystal Webster 7 Michele Jaggi 4 (9 ends)
Margaretha Sigfridsson 6 Julie Hastings 3
Stefanie Lawton 5 Heather Nedohin 1
Val Sweeting 8 Sherry Middaugh 7
4:30 p.m. Draw
Margaretha Sigfridsson 10 Val Sweeting 6
Eve Muirhead 11 Stefanie Lawton 4
Rachel Homan 8 Crystal Webster 1
Silvana Tirinzoni 6 Sherry Middaugh 4
Jennifer Jones 9 Julie Hastings 8 (9 ends)
Note: See page B2 for standings and schedule.