Dave Merklinger made a deal with Darren Heath that he could skip their Canwest rink until he lost.
Well, Merklinger got his one game.
Darrell (Heavy D) Houston’s Nufloors came out hot and hung on for a 7-6 win over Canwest in Baron Insurance Super League play Wednesday night at the Vernon Curling Club.
Houston, now 5-3, raced out to a 4-0 lead on a single in one and triple in three before Canwest (6-2) rallied with a three-ender in four.
A single in five and steal of two put Nufloors up for good.
Fresh off his finals appearance at the Rogers Masters of Curling, Jim Cotter piloted his Woodland Equipment rink to a 4-3 win over Sherry Heath’s De Vine Vintners.
Marc Fillion, filling in at third for 6-1 Woodland, made a nice runback with lots of rocks in play in the first end to secure a blank.
After that, the rinks swapped singles for the entire game, with Cotter taking advantage of the hammer in eight.
Super spare Susan Hamilton, throwing skip’s stones for Heath (1-7), kept the pressure on the feller bunchers all night.
Mark Longworth’s Sladen Moore made it two-in-a-row with a 10-4 win over Robbi Kuhn’s North Enderby Timber.
Longworth, now 3-4, opened with back-to-back deuces, held Kuhn to a single in three and banked two more points in four.
The 3-5 Timber got back in it with a triple in five, but Sladen skip Jamie Sexton slammed the door with a soft tap-back for a four-point sixth end.
Meanwhile, Kuhn earned a berth in the women’s provincials by claiming the C qualifier at the open regional event Sunday at the Vernon club.
Kuhn, curling with third Karla Thompson of Kamloops, second Michelle Ramsay of Surrey and lead Christen Wilson of West Kelowna, dropped her first two games, but rebounded with four straight wins.
They counted back-to-back deuces in the final two ends to upend Kamloops’ Amanda Russett 9-8 in the C bracket Sunday night.
The Scotties B.C. Women’s Championships go Jan. 23-29 at the North Shore Winter Club in North Vancouver.