September 30, 2009
Butler's simple plan works
By JOE PAVIA, SUN MEDIA
Simple execution isn’t always so simple.
Cagey veteran Ted Butler kept it simple as he beat Chris Gardner 8-6 in the OVCT Fall Classic final at the RCMP club on Sunday.
Gardner kept it interesting, but failed to execute what might be considered simple shots.
Up by two without hammer in the last end, Gardner cleared an out-turn guard, but his shot rock remained in play.
Butler jumped on the opportunity to draw in behind the cover on the 12-foot.
A Gardner hit and roll or hit and stay would have given him the $4,000 game. He flashed the shot, allowing Butler a free draw for his deuce and throwing the final into the extra end.
Perhaps unnerved by his pair miscues, Gardner then threw his extra-end hammer draw heavy, sliding past Butler’s shot rock for the loss.
Throughout the bonspiel Gardner wowed the crowd with his shot-making ability — a quad hit to score three; an angle raise takeout to score two, for instance. Butler noticed and served a counter-strategy.
“We were trying to keep a lot of combinations out of the way — make it a bit more simple game where he doesn’t have an angle raise for three or four. We basically didn’t try to play his type of game.”
No one was more surprised with his miss than Gardner.
“That’s something that will happen one time out of a hundred, me missing an out-turn peel after he got that out there.”
Surprisingly, the young squad was short one player when the team let its third, Derek Abbots, go the first day of the event.
Gardner said the reason was “none of us played well in the first two ’spiels. Then there were some chemistry issues and then some things got said.”
For Butler and his team of Richard Faguy, Dany Beaulieu and Michel Laroche the win was important as they can get a bye to their provincial finals by placing in the top four of Quebec’s money trail.
Gardner left with $2,000.
On the women’s side, Sudbury’s Tracy Horgan beat Ottawa’s Tracy Samaan 7-6 in the final. The winner left with $1,600 and the runner-up with $1,200.
Behind the glass
The Capital Wheelchair Curling Club is seeking members. The club just started a new season at the RA Centre with 25 curlers in attendance. They play Saturday’s at 3. For more information contact Barry Lemoine at 613 733-5550 … Team Merklinger (Anne Merklinger, Theresa Breen, Patti McKnight and Audrey Frey) will be feted Saturday at the Rideau … The famous Hot Shots curling camp takes place this weekend at the RA Centre ... The Junior Ice Breaker bonspiel begins tomorrow at the Ottawa.