Kootenay savings curling: Maglios mix it up

In the battle of the sexes, the Maglio Men’s team squared off against Maglio Ladies’ in Kootenay Savings Super League action last week.

In the battle of the sexes, the Maglio Men’s team squared off against Maglio Ladies’ in Kootenay Savings Super League action last week.

The teams were in a close 5-4 match until the seventh end, when the men buried their rocks behind guards and came away with a steal of three.

It forced the Maglio Ladies into some high-risk shot calling that failed. Another steal of three carried the men to an 11-4 win.

Team Ferguson and Team Schmidt kept the fans riveted with a back and forth game that wasn’t decided until last rock.

After forcing Schmidt to take one in the eighth, Ferguson had what looked like a comfortable 7-5 lead going into the ninth with hammer, but skip Lemoel got caught on a straight stretch of ice with his last rock, giving Schmidt a steal of two and a tie game coming home.

Facing two rocks behind cover, Lemoel made a delicate come around tap in the four foot to count one, for an exciting 8-7 win.

Team Fines had the early advantage over 5N Plus, forcing them to blank the first, then stealing a single in the second, before skip Deane Horning made one of his patented double take-outs for two in the third.

The teams traded singles over the next three ends before Horning broke the game open with another double take-out, this time for three and an 8-3 win for the league leaders.

The final game saw Team Nichol and Team Albo also come down to the last rock. Nichol held the early advantage with twos in the first and third ends, while Albo also scored two in the second, but was forced to take one in the fourth. Nichol scored one the fifth, then stole singles in the sixth and seventh for a 7-3 lead. Interim Skip Troy Albo wouldn’t roll over, counting two in the eighth, forcing Nichol to one in the ninth, before falling agonizingly close with two in the 10th for a narrow 8-7 Nichol win.

This Thursday is the last game in 2012, before the league starts up again on Jan. 3, 2013.