Parry falls to Alberta

JOE PAVIA, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:12 AM ET

OTTAWA -- One game ended with a bang, the other a whimper.

The Canadian senior men's champion was decided Sunday afternoon on the last rock in the 10th end, when Ontario skip Gareth Parry failed to execute an around-the-horn shot to at least tie the final and send it to an extra end against Alberta's Mark Johnson.

Trailing 6-4 in the last end, Ontario could only try to wick off an eight-foot stone at the correct angle to hit two Alberta rocks, then sit for two.

"Those around-the-horn shots are there every once in a while, so that was the only chance we had to even score two, let alone three," said Parry. "We almost made it. It touched them all, but didn't move them far enough."

The championship ended 7-4 for Johnson.

"Jeez, I don't know if that's possible. You'd have to throw real, real hard, like Kevin Martin weight," the lanky Alberta skipper said of the last shot. "(Parry) almost made it. It was close."

A failed Ontario shot to blank the first end gave the second-end hammer to the Wild Rose country boys, who used it to score three.

Unable to draw into the centre to count points, Parry attempted a long run back that narrowly missed, but opened up the in turn side, allowing Johnson to draw for three.

"When we scored three in the second that was a big, especially when you're only giving up ones and the odd deuce during the game," said Johnson. "That gave us a morale lift, plus the two-point lead."

Ontario stormed back with a deuce, but from there the game went back and forth.

Johnson is a first-year senior skip with a threesome of Marv Wirth, Ken McLean and Millard Evans, who have been two-time senior champions and one-time world champions, all with different skips.

"I kid them that theses guys are so successful as a threesome that they have to have tryouts for their skip," Johnson joked. "I had such a great supporting cast, I mean just look at their percentages throughout the week."

Indeed, McLean, Wirth and Johnson were named to the tournament first all-star team. Ontario lead, Ken Armstrong, rounded out the selection.

B.C. takes women's title

The end to the women's final was less glamourous.

After an even fight for seven ends, New Brunswick's Heidi Hanlon stole a deuce to take a 6-5 lead in the eighth over B.C.'s Christine Jurgensen.

Just when it looked like the tide was turning in Hanlon's favour, it all blew up in the ninth end.

Hanlon made two draws. The second draw was a freeze attempt that didn't go far enough.

Jurgensen, wielding the hammer, threw a double that came across the face of the New Brunswick stone then stuck to score five.

Down 10-6, Hanlon, who had rallied down by four on Saturday to win, chose to play the 10th, but B.C. ran her out of rocks.

Jurgensen and her vice Cheryl Noble made the first all-star team, while her lead and second, Roselyn Craig and Pat Sanders, received second team all-star recognition.


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