Canwest Propane skip Darren Heath lines up a shot in Baron Insurance Super League action at the Vernon Curling Club.

Cotter chases Open title

Vernon’s Jim Cotter opens BDO Canadian Curling Open with a 10-8 win over Bradford, Ont.’s Dale Matchett.

Vernon’s Jim Cotter cracked a deuce in the eighth end to open the BDO Canadian Open with a 10-8 win over Bradford, Ont.’s Dale Matchett Thursday morning at the K-Rock Centre in Kingston, Ont.

Cotter – supported by third Kevin Folk and a front end of Tyrel Griffith and Rick Sawatsky – followed that up with a 6-4 loss to Brandon, Man.’s Rob Fowler later that day. The Vernon foursome faced Jeff Stoughton of Winnipeg in a Thursday night draw.

Opening with a deuce, Cotter soon found himself behind when Matchett counted a triple in two and added four more points in four to go up 7-3.

The Vernon skip replied with three in five and a steal of two in six to retake the lead for good.

Against Fowler, Cotter started strong with another deuce before the Manitoba skip responded with a triple in two.

After a blank in three, Fowler stole in four and put the game away with a deuce in six.

As of press time, Stoughton, Coldwater, Ont.’s Glenn Howard, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.’s Brad Jacob and Edmonton’s Kevin Koe shared the lead at 2-0.

In Baron Insurance Super League play Wednesday night at the Vernon Curling Club, Brad Wood’s Nufloors rebounded from a full weekend of regional men’s curling playdown action to upend Cotter’s Woodland Equipment 7-4.

Wood, who leads the league at 9-1, gave up singles in one and two before storming back with a triple in three and single steal in four.

Woodland (4-6) answered with singles in five and six, but Wood shut the door with a triple in seven.

Dave Merklinger’s Canwest Propane made it seven in a row with an 8-7 win over TJ Perepolkin’s Canaccord Wealth Management.

The two rinks traded deuces in one and two and played to a 4-4 draw after five ends. In six, Perepolkin’s double-takout attempt picked, leaving Canwest skip Darren Heath a draw for three.

Perepolkin (4-6) equalized with two in seven, but Heath (8-2) drew to the button for one in the final end.

Jenn Gerow’s A&G Supply buried a couple of four-enders en route to a 10-6 win over Sherry Heath’s Tuxedo Classic Promotions.

After blanking the first three ends, Heath (1-9) delivered a draw to the four-foot to earn a deuce in the fourth end. Gerow (4-5) capitalized on a few Tuxedo mistakes to take her first four-ender in five, but racked on a guard to hand four points back in six.

After some nice come-arounds by both sides, Gerow brought some biters into play to record four more points in seven. A steal of two in eight secured the win.

Allysa Kyllo’s Armstrong Optometry kept it close early, but fell 10-3 to Robbi Kuhn’s North Enderby Timber.

Kyllo (2-8) counted singles in one, four and six, while Kuhn (8-2) responded with a triple in two, double in three and a game-breaking five-ender in five.


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