Grassie goes for glory

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:22 AM ET

Sean Grassie went for the gusto.

The Deer Lodge skip attempted a triple kill for the winning deuce in the final of the Meyers Norris Penny Mixed Championship. But when the ice dust settled, Pembina's Reid Carruthers stole one to score a 4-2 victory over Grassie in a battle between two former junior provincial champs at the packed Deer Lodge Curling Club yesterday.

"It's definitely a sigh of relief," said Carruthers. "It was definitely an exciting game though ... We were on the better side of the inch there. He just about made his shot and just about made his two coming home so, talk about exciting."

Although Grassie could have drawn to force an extra end, he had no regrets.

"I think it was there and it was definitely worth taking a shot at it for the win," he said. "We could have played for one and gone to the extra end but the odds are tough stealing. When you have a reasonable shot to win the game, you go for it. We did and we just missed it by a fraction.

"It doesn't matter if it's the Mixed final or the men's final, it's for a provincial championship so, it's a real important game."

The CCA, however, has yet to announce a time or date for the national Mixed, which is usually played in November.

"We don't know when it is or where it is yet, but we know we have the summer to stay in shape and get ready for next year," said Carruthers, supported by third Theresa Cannon, second Jason Gunnlaugson and Sarah Wazney. "We'll be ready and I'm looking forward to it.

"It's the first title for Jason so, I'm really happy for him and for the girls, too. They've lost their share of provincial junior finals (with Kaitlyn Lawes) so, I'm ecstatic right now ... I'm happy with the run we had in men's but winning a provincial title, even Mixed, is a great thing. There's been many great curlers who have won a Mixed title before and hopefully, this is a stepping-stone for me and also for the girls."

Jeff Stoughton, Dale Duguid and Bill Carey are among those skips who have won Manitoba Mixed titles in the past.

"Both teams played pretty well," said Grassie, who had battered Beausejour's David Hamblin 9-3 in the semifinal.

BITERS: Carruthers heads to a WCT spiel in Victoria, B.C. tomorrow, joining fellow Manitobans Jeff Stoughton and Kerry Burtnyk there ... The MCA recently announced that executive director Ian Staniloff has been signed for two more years ... Rumblings out of Saskatchewan are that Jan Betker may retire from the competitive scene.


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