Airdrie curler comes up one shot short of winning bonspiel, falls to Strathmore
By: Lucas Punkari
| Posted: Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 10:53 am
If it wasn’t for her final stone picking up something on the ice, Airdrie’s Janine Sanderman might have made her best shot of the weekend to win the ladies’ bonspiel at the Airdrie Curling Club on Feb. 23.
Trailing Strathmore’s Norma Brown by a score of 6-5 in the eighth end, Sanderman was forced to make a double takeout attempt on her last shot in order to either force an extra end or to take away the title.
However, as her rock was coming down the ice, it picked up a piece of debris and crashed into the guards in front of the house, allowing Brown to take a 8-5 win.
“I had to hit one of their rocks in a very precise spot so that their two stones would roll away,” Sanderman said. “Since it picked, we don’t know what would have happened, but you can’t complain too much about a game that comes down to the last rock. During that end, we didn’t have the last rock so we basically just wanted to get one of our rocks in the four-foot and just go from there,” Brown added. “It’s unfortunate that her final shot picked though, as it would have been interesting to see what would have happened.”
Although she has competed at the Airdrie Curling Club at events in the past, Brown had never taken part in the annual ladies’ bonspiel in Airdrie before, and she said she was pleased that she took part.
“We had a great time here all weekend even before we took part in the final,” Brown said.
“Our entire team played well all weekend long, and it made things really enjoyable throughout our two days here.”
Early on, it looked as if Sanderman was going to take control of the match, as she picked up three points in the second end to take an early lead.
“We were down 2-0 at that point and I actually thought I only had two points in the second end after I finished throwing my last stone,” Sanderman said. “So it was a real big surprise for me when we got three points, and I felt we had some momentum on our side at that point.”
Although she would trail by a score of 4-2 at the midway point of the game, Brown bounced back with a three-ender in the fifth end to take a 5-4 lead.
“That was probably the turning point of the game for our team,” Brown said. “I feel like we got back on track from that point on, and then we just played well for the final three ends to get the win.”