Heidt pulls off heist

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:12 AM ET

Someone call the cops, because Brad Heidt committed grand theft rock last night in Swan River.

The 46-year-old curler from Kerrobert, Sask., was trailing Gerry Adam, of Yorkton, Sask., 5-1 after five ends in the final of the Manitoba Curling Tour's Whites Drug Store Classic.

"I was thinking we had about one more end left to make something happen, or it was probably get an early start for home," Heidt said.

STORMING BACK

Heidt's ride back to western Saskatchewan today will require some extra gas, because he and his foursome will be carrying a $12,000 cheque after storming back for a 9-5 win.

Heidt stole one in the seventh end, one in the ninth and three more in the 10th when Adam's final rock -- a draw attempt -- hung out too far.

"It's big for us," Heidt said. "We've played three straight weekends and we've been really struggling. We were playing poorly and everything seemed to go against us, too.

"... But we came out and played well from the start here. In this last game you gotta say you got fortunate when you come back from 5-1. It's a big confidence builder for us."

Heidt downed Winnipeg's Dan Kammerlock 6-4 in one semifinal, while Adam, who collected $7,000 for finishing second, dumped Winnipeg's Dave Smith 7-3 in the other.

"The young guys played well," Heidt said of Kammerlock's squad. "I was impressed with that."

Kammerlock and Smith both won $5,000.

Meanwhile, the four qualifiers are set in both the men's and women's divisions of the MCT's East St. Paul Cash Spiel.

Winnipeg's Ainsley Champagne, Leanne Traynor and Kristy Jenion, along with Thunder Bay's Krista Scharf, are in the money on the women's side, while Chris Galbraith, Rick Muntain, Pete Nicholls and Rob Atkins -- all Winnipeggers -- have qualified in the men's division.

The semifinals go at 5 o'clock today, with the finals slated for 8 o'clock. The men's winner will earn $3,000, while the women's champ will pick up $2,000.


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