Curling: Comeback keeps Ferguson on top

The Ferguson rink stayed on top of the standings in Kootenay Savings Super League completing a late comeback against Castlegar Hyundai.

The  Ferguson rink stayed on top of the standings in Kootenay Savings Super League completing a late comeback against Castlegar Hyundai last Thursday at the Trail Curling Club.

Rob Norbert and his Castlegar Hyundai foursome were taking it to Ferguson early with singles in the first and second ends, followed by two blank ends before Ferguson drew against three Hyundai stones for one in the fifth and a 2-1 Hyundai lead.

However, the game started to turn in Ferguson’s favour in the sixth when Norbert’s last-rock draw slid too far, giving Fergie a steal of two. The seventh was the dagger in Hyundai’s heart, as Skip Norbert attempted a run-back hit for two, which stayed wide, chipping his own rock out, and leaving Team Ferguson with a large steal of three. The sails fully deflated for Team Hyundai with another Ferguson steal in the eighth, and a hand shaking 7-2 Team Ferguson win.

Team Myron Nichol started out of the gate quickly against Justin Umpherville’s Junior Men’s rink. The Junior Men had trouble reading the swingy ice, leaving Skip Myron an open draw for four in the first. Umpherville got one back in the second with a nice come around tap in the four foot. Nichol blanked the next two ends, before Umpherville forced him to take one in the fifth for a 5-1 lead. Team Nichol stole singles in the next three ends for an 8-1 win.

The swingy ice affected the Team Fines and Team Horning tilt also.

Skip Deane Horning’s last rock rubbed a guard, allowing Team Fines to steal a single. Skip Ken Fines returned the favour in the second, when both of his come-around taps overcurled, rubbing guards, to give Deane an open draw for five, from which Team Fines could not recover. Team Fines blanked the third, then closed the gap slightly with one in the fourth, but Team Horning stormed back with three in the fifth , then added a steal in the sixth, forcing Team Fines to concede to a 9-2 Horning win.

The Kootenay Savings Super League hits the hacks tonight at 7 p.m. highlighted by a battle for first place between the Ferguson rink and team Horning. Super League will then enjoy a Christmas break, before returning to action on Jan. 8.