KOOTENAY SAVINGS CURLING: Marathon match decides Super League champions

Rellish Transport led by skip Deane Horning won its sixth consecutive Kootenay Savings Super League title last week against a familiar foe.

Rellish Transport led by skip Deane Horning won its sixth consecutive Kootenay Savings Super League title last week against a familiar foe.

This season’s Super League concluded with an A-event final that pitted the top two regular season teams in a three-hour marathon, that appropriately went down to the last rock.

Team Rob Ferguson with third Brian Lemoel, second Joey Ferguson and Markus Partridge as lead, struck early against Rellish stealing one in the first, then two more in the second to jump into a 3-0 lead.

Rellish, who would play without third Don Freschi, was skipped by Deane Horning with third Kevin Nesbitt, second Richard Faunt, and lead Justin Umpherville filling in. Horning struck back in the third, drawing for one, before tying the game with a steal of two in the fourth.

The next three ends were carefully played, with both teams forcing the other to take singles with their hammer advantage.

The TSN turning point came in the eighth, with Ferguson leading 5-4, and one already buried, skip Rob played a fantastic delicate raise tap to the four-foot to lay two guarded stones. But Horning countered with the shot of the game, making an angle-raise double takeout to count two, and Rellish Transport’s first lead of the game.

Team Ferguson could only manage a single in the ninth, and tried everything to steal the last end. Unfortunately, their last rock guard overcurled, leaving Horning a take-out pick to win the game 8-6.

Rellish Transport Services sported an amazing 15-1-1 record in Kootenay Savings Super League this season, and after the game, second Richard Faunt was candid about the team’s success.

“It’s easier when you have someone like Deane skipping. He is curling probably the best I’ve ever seen him curl.”

The other three games didn’t go past the eighth end. In the B final, and the battle of the skip spouses, Myron Nichol and his West Kootenay Mechanical team took home the bragging rights with a 9-3 victory over Heather Nichol and her Maglio Ladies rink.

In one C Consolation game, Team Fines pounded Team Albo 9-4, while the other saw Brost Autoworx get the best of Maglio Mens 7-3.

A big thank-you to Kootenay Savings Credit Union for again sponsoring the league.