Anderson in overtimeSaskatchewan skip claims her first Autumn Gold Classic in an extra end
By CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun
Sherry Anderson's best shot of the day didn't get her any points but it probably won her the game.
With Cathy King lying two in the ninth end, Anderson played a precise double takeout to blank the end, retain the hammer and go on to beat King 6-5 in 11 ends last night in the $46,000 Trail Appliances Autumn Gold Classic.
With the victory at the Calgary Curling Club, Anderson's Saskatchewan team, which includes third Kim Hodson, second Sandra Mulroney and lead Donna Gignac, picked up its first Autumn Gold title to pad a solid resume.
"It's nice to get a win under the belt right away and with the Canada Cup point system this year, we're looking to get as many points as we can. And the cash is not secondary but certainly right up there," said Anderson, 39, whose rink took home $12,500 to add to their almost $300,000 in career earnings.
Anderson could have won it in the 10th end but threw a brick with her first shot attempting a double takeout that only got one of King's rocks, eventually opening the door for the St. Albert skip to steal and tie it at 5-5.
"I was struggling a little bit with my out-turns and I came over the top quite a bit with that one and just cranked it in. You want to make it so precise so she doesn't have too much, then you're too precise and throw it really bad."
But Anderson, with last rock, made good on another double in the 11th -- an easier shot than the one she made in the ninth -- to get a point and seal the victory.
King's rink includes third Lori Olson, second Jackie Brett and lead Raylynn McCaffery, all of whom were playing their third extra-end game of the day.
"We were just trying to keep it simple and not do too many draw shots because the girls were really tired, so we tried more takeouts and saved the (other shots until we needed them)," said King, a Scott champion and two-time Autumn Gold winner whose rink is in its first season together.
"The girls played hard all week and I'm proud of them."
The Anderson rink got on the board first in the second end, picking up a pair on Anderson's final rock after hitting and sticking for two. But the St. Albert rink, which won $9,500 for second place, quickly got those points back in the next frame to tie it, playing the same shot Anderson made in the second.
Anderson got one in the fourth and King drew for a point in the fifth to tie it at 3-3.
Up 4-3 in the seventh, Anderson stole a point when King failed to connect on a tough double takeout.
The Edmonton rink scored a point with the hammer in the eighth to make it 5-4.
King's road to the final went through the Calgary rink of Shannon Kleibrink as the two powerhouses duelled it out in the semifinal. King needed 11 ends to finally beat Kleibrink 10-9, handing the 1996 winner her first loss of the tournament.
King's other marathon contest of the day was a 6-5 win in 11 ends over Heather Nedohin, the 2002 champion.
Anderson, who only lost one game throughout the event -- to Kleibrink -- beat Switzerland's Nicole Strausak 8-4 in the other semifinal matchup.
Both Strausak and Kleibrink picked up $5,500.