Super League Curling: Umpherville brushes in first Super League win

Justin Umpherville’s foursome won its first game of the young season.

Justin Umpherville’s foursome won its first game of the young season in Kootenay Savings Super League action at the Trail Curling Club last week.

Team Umpherville, fresh off their experience at the Kamloops cash bonspiel, had their A-game going against Team Heather Nichol. The teams traded singles to start, but in the fourth end Nichol’s last rock rolled too far off the hit and stick, giving Umpherville a steal of two and a 5-1 lead. After forcing Nichol to take one in the fifth, the young guns built on that lead with a three spot in the sixth. Nichol came back with a deuce in the seventh, but couldn’t keep any pressure going, as Umpherville drew for two in the eighth, and a 10-4 victory.

Corvus Construction kept their perfect record intact with a hard fought win over the Ken Fines rink. The game was close early, with Corvus leading 2-1 after three. Skip Deane Horning made a delicate come around tap in the fourth for two, then stole the next two ends for a 7-1 lead. Fines scored a single in the eighth, but had enough, shaking hands for a 7-2 Corvus win.

Team Albo and Team Myron Nichol threw caution to the wind after the first couple of ends. The teams traded singles to start, but after Albo was forced to take one in the third, Darrin looked to take control of the game with steals in the fourth and fifth ends and a 5-1 lead. Myron stormed back with a four in the sixth to tie the game, but Darrin made a nice double in the seventh to score three, then stole two more in the eighth for a rousing 10-5 win.

Team VanYzerloo were scoring early and often, as his front end of Bill Clarke and Rich Faunt kept relentless pressure on Team Beauchamp, forcing Skip Russ to attempt numerous circus shots, two of which he made in the sixth and seventh ends. But Beauchamp’s heroics were not enough to offset the VanYzerloo balanced attack, as Dutchy won 11-4 after seven.

Kootenay Savings Super League action goes every Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Trail Curling Club.