January 25, 2011
Farnell keeps calm, quells comeback
By STEVE GREEN, QMI Agency
THORNHILL, Ont. -- Just when Krista McCarville thought she had clawed her way out of a hole, Lisa Farnell shoved her right back in.
McCarville, the two-time defending Ontario women's curling champion, trailed Farnell 5-0 Tuesday after five ends of their second-round game at the provincial Scotties Tournament of Hearts, but stormed back to lead 6-5 after nine.
She appeared to have the insurance point sewn up in the 10th, however Farnell made a long raise takeout to score two for a 7-6 win at the Thornhill Golf and Country Club.
The win evened the Elgin Loonie Curling Club rink's record at 1-1 and dropped McCarville, of Thunder Bay Fort William, to a surprising 0-2.
"Oh, man," Farnell said of the roller-coaster ride, which started to get interesting in the sixth when McCarville made a nice in-off for two.
"Games can go any way and obviously we would have liked to have played better in the second half, but as long as we pulled it out, that's all that counts."
Farnell could have played an outturn draw for the tying point, "but that's a tough shot even to score one," she said. "Honestly, I was just looking to score one on the shot I threw. I had to throw it perfectly to get the two and fortunately I did."
Farnell said the key was to keep her rink -- Erin Morrissey, Kim Brown and Ainsley Galbraith -- calm after McCarville's comeback.
"You've got to think you can't panic," Farnell said. "You can't think of the momentum, you just have to think about where you are in that end.
"We had a couple of misses, which is frustrating, but this was a real morale-booster after the way we lost Monday (10-7 to Tracy Horgan of Sudbury Idylwylde). It was basically a pick that gave up a steal of two in the ninth and if we'd lost another heartbreaker, it would have been tough to come back. But we're still in this."
Horgan, who beat London Highland's Marika Bakewell 7-6 in the second draw, is at 2-0 along with Rachel Homan of Ottawa and Susan McKnight of Uxbridge. Homan dumped Marlo Dahl of Thunder Bay Port Arthur 8-2 while McKnight scored two in the ninth and stole one in the 10th to beat Alison Goring of The Club at North Halton 8-6.
McKnight, one of the two challenge round qualifiers, said she and her rink of Susan Froud, Karen Roswell and Cindy McKnight are riding the momentum.
"We had a couple of weeks off before regionals and we came out a bit flat," McKnight said. "We went into the challenge round and played the way we know we can and we didn't have time for a letdown after that.
"Now we're 2-1 against Alison and we have her out of the way for now, so I think we've got a good shot at the playoffs."
In the other second-round game, Ashley Kallos of Fort William downed Kristy Russell of Shelburne 7-2.
Dahl, Kallos and Goring are 1-1, while Bakewell and Russell join McCarville at 0-2.
In the third draw Tuesday night it was Dahl vs. Kallos, Bakewell vs. Russell, Homan vs. Farnell, McKnight vs. McCarville and Goring vs. Horgan.