Christmas came early for Darren Heath’s Canwest Propane Wednesday night at the Vernon Curling Club.
Ahead by two points, Woodland Equipment gave up a triple in the eighth end to giftwrap a 5-4 win for the gas men in Baron Insurance Super League play. Aron Herrick, skipping for Jim Cotter, missed on both his final stones, meaning Heath didn’t even have to use his last shot.
Canwest, now 3-1, blanked the opening two ends before counting a deuce in three. Heath (3-0) rallied with singles in five and six before Herrick made a sweet angle raise for a double in seven.
Darrell (Heavy D) Houston’s NuFloors was also on the right side of a one-point game, icing Jamie Sexton’s Sladen Moore 6-5 in an extra end.
Sexton (1-2), subbing for Mark Longworth, kept it clean early, going into the break tied 2-2. The rinks traded deuces in five and six, and singles in seven and eight.
In the extra end, Houston found a port with the in-turn for the win.
Nufloors third Kelsey Tetlock was the story of the game, curling in the high 90-per cent range to help her rink improve to 2-2.
Robbi Kuhn’s North Enderby Timber burgled a 9-1 win over Sherry Heath’s De Vine Vintners.
Kuhn, now 1-3, counted single steals in the first and second ends, then swiped another four points in the third to take a commanding lead.
Heath (1-3) gave up another deuce in four before getting on the board with a single in five.
A single by Kuhn in six resulted in handshakes.
Meanwhile, Cotter’s tournament rink – third Jason Gunnlaugson, second Ty Griffith and lead Rick Sawatsky – stuffed New Westminster’s Brent Pierce 6-1 in five ends at the $70,000 Cactus Pheasant Classic Thursday afternoon in Brooks, Alta.
They faced Edmonton’s Kevin Martin Thursday night in the 24-team spiel. Martin, the 2010 spiel champion, stopped Edmonton’s Glen Kennedy 8-5 in his opening match Thursday.
n The Vernon Curling Club is hosting a skills clinic for members Sunday, Nov. 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Former world junior champion Brad Kuhn and his coach, Jock Tyre, will head the clinic, aimed at curlers of all abilities. The main focus will be on the fundamentals of the curling delivery, but will also include instruction on sweeping and strategy. The cost is $50 (payable in cash at the beginning of the clinic). Members can sign up beside the poster on the club’s main board.
n The Silver Star Ladies Bonspiel begins tonight, with draws at 5:45 and 8 p.m at the Vernon club.
Action continues Saturday at 8 a.m., with other draws at 10:15 a.m.; and 1, 3:15 and 7:30 p.m. The final preliminary round goes Sunday, 9 a.m., with semifinals at 11:30 a.m. and finals at 2 p.m.
There are 32 rinks registered for the event, with teams coming from the Lower Mainland, Thompson-Okanagan, as well as the Korean national women’s team.