Flawed draw benefits Streich

TED WYMAN -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:47 AM ET

Shauna Streich was feeling a bit sheepish, perhaps even a tad apologetic after her Fort Rouge team made it to the final of the Manitoba Curling Association women's bonspiel yesterday.

Streich's foursome was the beneficiary of an unfair and flawed draw which sparked controversy at the beginning of the bonspiel.

Her team lost its first two games in what was supposed to be a double-knockout event. However, instead of being eliminated, Streich was placed in the C-event and got on a roll from there. Her team qualified for the playoffs, beat Joyce McDougall 8-2 in the quarter-final, thumped Marlene Lang by the same score in the semifinal and then lost to Karen Porritt in the final.

ELIMINATED

In the cases of McDougall and Lang, they were eliminated by Streich after suffering their first losses of the entire bonspiel. McDougall's loss knocked her out of contention for the Scott Tournament of Hearts berth.

"From our standpoint it worked out well, but I can see why people would be concerned that someone with two losses can hand someone their first loss and knock them out," said Streich.

"It is a little bit unfortunate but fortunate for us."

The way the bonspiel draw was designed meant only a team losing its first game was permitted a second loss during qualifying. For instance, if a team won its first game and lost its second, it was not permitted another loss.

MCA officials admitted the draw was poorly conceived, a fact highlighted by Streich making it all the way to the final when she should have been eliminated.

"We weren't pleased with the draw at all," said Joelle Brown, who was eliminated in yesterday's quarter-finals.

'DEAF EARS'

"I don't think anyone should lose two games and still be able to qualify and still win. I kind of feel like (MCA officials) don't want to listen to the curlers. The curlers always make suggestions, and it seems like they fall on deaf ears a lot of the time."

To be fair, MCA executive director Ian Staniloff said Friday that the new draw was made up in response to a request from the curlers, and Streich supported that suggestion.

"It is a strange situation, but I know they were trying to do something different with it this year, because they didn't want to have a consolation event," she said.

"I know the MCA is just trying to do what they can, because there were complaints about the draw last time. They might have to continue to revamp it."

PEBBLES: The American Olympic team, skipped by Cassie Johnson of Bemidji, Minn., bowed out in the quarter-finals yesterday after losing 7-6 to Porritt. Johnson's lead Maureen Brunt sat out with muscle tightness, and the team played with three.


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