It looks like it is going to be another highly competitive season in the 12-team Monday/Tuesday Curling League.
It just took four weeks of play for all teams to record at least one loss. Last week the last two unbeaten teams both lost to create a logjam at the top of the standings.
Karen Kan and her team of relatively inexperienced curlers knocked defending champs David Delano and Faye Ribey from the ranks of the unbeaten with a convincing 9-6 win.
Jeff Sowerby with Barb and Steve Graff handed Vicki Culberts ‘Sheet Disturbers’ their first loss 7-5.
In another ‘first’, the all novice ‘Smarty Pants’ team took their first lead of their curling lives with a steal of one in the first end against Ron Cave and company.
Unfortunately things didn’t go as well from there and they lost 16-3 to remain winless. Another team still looking for their first win is Erin Lawrie and ‘Coastal Conservation’. They lost 11-5 to ‘Frozen A$$ET$’ with Andy Telford making his Maitland curling debut at lead.
In other Monday/Tuesday action, Bob Corrigan’s ‘Good, Bad & Ugly’ team improbably scored their second 7-7 tie in two weeks, this time versus Don Lindsay and the ‘Western Bombers’.
Abby Feagan led ‘2 Little 2 Late’ to a 7-3 win over ‘Ginn on the Rocks’ this week without Ginn, so I guess they were more like a ‘Shirley Temple’?
Some tricky ice conditions Monday led to some wild action in the Doubles league. Cathy McNeil and Jonathon Lee beat Catherine Snieder and Dave Cloet 14-12. In doing so they scored a ‘6-ender’ which is the doubles equivalent of a perfect end since each team throws only five rocks per end plus one that is pre-positioned at the start of each end.
So six is the best possible score in doubles as eight is in regular four-person curling.
An eight-ender is very rare and we thought that the same would be true for a six-ender in doubles but this is the second one in two years of doubles curling at Maitland.
The other doubles game ended in a 7-7 tie between Amelie Lagace/Adam Glen and Kathy Hallam/Kate Nicholson.
A team that was thrown together from the remnants of two other teams just before the season began is proving to be a dynamite combination in the Wednesday/Thursday league.
After their 10-6 win over Kevin Clarke and ‘Kinda Dunn’ MaryLou Rae and Agnes Logtenberg find themselves as the only unbeaten team in the 16-team league.
Previously unbeaten Fern Grenier and the ‘Ring Dings’ suffered their first loss 8-5 to the hot shooting of Laura Blackmore in the ‘Outsliders’.
With a team full of novice curlers Stacey Denunzio and ‘Team Akromold’ are still looking for their first win after losing 9-4 to Paula Kroll and company, but their four points is another step in a steady progression as they have increased their points scored in each of their four games to date.
Doug Yeo and the ‘Parker Gang’ jumped out to an early lead and never looked back in their 11-3 thumping of Jan Simonson’s team.