Retirees Curling: Brown foursome reclaims top spot with tie breaker

The last regular season game for team Murray Walsh and team Brett Rakuson was punctuated with great shots.

Going into the last game of the fourth session of Trail Retirees Curling on Monday, Ernie Brown had a one game lead over three other teams including the Frank Jorgensen foursome whom he faced that day.

With Cliff Tyson filling in for a missing Ernie Brown, it was a back and forth game through five ends, but the luck of the Irish touched the Jorgensen team in the sixth with a single, and in the seventh with a steal of one.  Running team Brown out of rocks in the eighth cemented a 7–5 Jorgensen victory and a tie for top spot.

The Tom Hall and Dan Horan rinks meanwhile missed their shot for top spot as Horan dropped a 7-2 decision to the spoiler of the day, Team Forrest Drinnan, and it was much the same for team Hall facing team Clare Coleman, skipped by Coke Koyanagi.  The turning point was a missed takeout in the third by Hall, giving up one instead of scoring three or four.  Make the final 10–5 Coleman/Koyanagi.

The Serge Pasquali rink started off hot against the Pat Fennell foursome, scoring four in the first two ends, but Fennell scored a huge four points in the sixth to eke out a 7–6 victory.

The last regular season game for team Murray Walsh and team Brett Rakuson was punctuated with great shots.  All players on both teams made terrific shots, but it was team Walsh that made the timely shots that led to a 7–2 victory.

Tuesday’s tiebreaker between Brown and Jorgenson started out very close.

In the third end, Alvin Caron, third for team Jorgensen, made a nice double takeout to set up a two-point end.

In the third end Dan Horan, skipping for Ernie Brown, made a hit and roll to the button against three to score one in in the fourth. Frank Jorgensen replied with a decisive double on his last rock in the fifth end to score two and make it 5-2.

But Brown stormed back, scoring one in the sixth and stealing in the seventh and eighth to force the extra end, where they would steal again to win the game and capture top seed in the fourth session.