Jennifer Hanna and her rinkmates saved their best for last at the Mac Ice Classic.
Hanna defended her crown with a 7-4 victory over Rachel Homan in an all-Ottawa women’s final at the RCMP Curling Club on Monday.
“That was probably our best team game of the weekend,” said Hanna, who came out of the A-side and went undefeated to win $3,000.
A sixth-end deuce was the turning point in the final after Hanna squandered an opportunity to blow the eight-end game wide open. She missed a shot for five in the fifth, allowing Homan to count a single.
“My last shot, I just overthrew a bit,” said Hanna.
Homan, who won $1,500, offered a frank assessment of the final.
“I had an off-game,” she said. “They played well and I should have played better.”
In the men’s final, Thurso’s Simon Dupuis made the big shots in a 9-3 rout of Quebec City’s Martin Ferland.
Dupuis ended the match in the fifth end with a straight-back for three.
Dupuis and his team of Jasmin Gibeau, Mathieu Beaufort and Louis Biron won $6,000, while Ferland took home $4,000.
Ironically, Ferland advanced to the final by eliminating Sudbury’s Tim Phillips in five ends. Ferland made the big shots in that semi-final, including an out-turn tap and roll for four in the third end.
In the other semi, Dupuis scored a 5-4 win over Greg Balsdon, who made it close with a deuce in the seventh.
Phillips and Balsdon earned $2,500 each.
The women’s semis were close until the late stages.
Jennifer Harvey couldn’t battle back after Homan stole a deuce in the seventh in a 7-3 win.
A bad seventh-end call by Thurso’s Chantal Osborne resulted in a five-point end for Hanna and a 10-5 victory.
The losing teams each earned $1,000.
In men’s quarter-final action, defending champ Jean-Michel Menard suffered an 8-3, six-end spanking at the hands of Phillips. Balsdon defeated Bryan Cochrane
8-5; Neil Sinclair’s junior team didn’t last eight ends in their 6-2 loss to Dupuis, while Ferland beat Greg Richardson 7-6.
The departing squads left with $1,500 each.
In the women’s qualifying round, Homan beat Montreal’s Kimberly Mastine
7-3; Hanna scored four deuces to dispatch the young Laura Payne rink; Saskia Holland lost an extra-end contest to Harvey 7-6 and Osborne ran Quebec City skip Marie-France Larouche out of rocks and won 5-4. The losing teams left with $800 each.
Men’s losing qualifiers at $1,125 each were Brad Jacobs, Tom Wharry, Jack Higgs, Frank O’Driscoll, Mark Bice, Steve Allen, Christian Tolusso and Jeff McCrady.
Behind the glass
Jim Armstrong of Richmond, B.C., has been named to skip our Paralympic team in Vancouver. He will be joined by fellow B.C. residents Darryl Neighbour (third), Ina Forrest (second), Sonja Gaudet (lead) and coach Joe Rea. Team Canada is the defending champion … Check out the new men’s Belleville Cashspiel Nov. 20-22. Three games guaranteed, meals and snacks are provided and 16 qualifiers out of 24 rinks. Contact Dave Collyer at 613 771-9557.