Hot shot lead Savill the wheel deal

STEVE MACFARLANE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 12:44 PM ET

CALGARY -- Executing a perfect double-takeout, Craig Savill gave himself the chance to take a rusty old Honda Civic out of his garage.

"I can get rid of the Civic now. It's long overdue. It's rusting out," said Savill, whose first-place finish in the Hot Shots earned him a two-year lease on a Ford F-150. "Perfect timing."

The Team Ontario lead went head-to-head with Martin Gavin, who throws from the same position for the Northwest Territories.

It came down to the last rock, with Gavin protecting a three-point lead in the event that scores up to five points in six categories: Hit and stay; draw the button; draw the port; the raise; hit and roll; and double takeout.

Gavin only got one rock. Savill nailed both, and left his shot on the button for five points and a 24-point total to edge Gavin by two points in the final.

Claiming $2,000 for his second-place effort was an unexpected payoff for Gavin.

"I didn't even know I got anything for finishing runner-up, so that tells you how much I researched it," he said.

Alberta skip Kevin Martin finished third and pocketed $1,000, while his vice-skip, John Morris, finished fourth.

Savill isn't sure how he'll reward his Ontario buddies.

"I might let them drive it once in a while," said Savill, whose teammates live in the Greater Toronto Area.

"Thank God I'm in Ottawa, so I don't have to drive those guys around."


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