Tiebreakers needed at Ontario Scotties

STEVE GREEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:39 PM ET

THORNHILL -- Now that's what friends are for.

Lisa Farnell of the Loonie Curling Club in Elgin needed a win and some help Friday night if she was to get into a tiebreaker at the Ontario Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

She did her part -- albeit leaving it to the last minute, stealing three in the ninth to beat Alison Goring of The Club at North Halton 8-6. The she and teammates Erin Morrissey, Kim Brown and Ainsley Galbraith sat on the edge of the rink to cheer on Tracy Horgan's rink out of Sudbury Idylwylde. Their very good friends duly obliged, dumping Susan McKnight of Uxbridge 10-7 to leave McKnight and Farnell at 5-4 and in a tiebreaker Saturday at 9:30 a.m.

"I live to play another day," Farnell said with a big smile. "It looked less likely after seven (Goring had taken three for a 6-4 lead), but we were still in it."

Asked what prompted the late turnaround, Farnell replied: "We started making shots, for one. We had to go a little more aggressive because we knew Cheryl (McPherson, who throws fourth stones for Goring) could make any double, so we had to get as many rocks in play as possible."

That almost proved to be a hopes-killing flaw in the afternoon draw, when Farnell led Marlo Dahl of Thunder Bay Port Arthur 7-2 after six ends, only to see Dahl score threes in the seventh and ninth ends and steal one in the 10th for a 10-9 win.

"That was not goo pretty, but the funny thing is I really can't remember that game now," Farnell said. "But that is often how we shoot ourselves in the foot. We like to play with rocks; sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn't."

Horgan, meanwhile, completed a very solid round-robin in second place at 7-2 and will play Rachel Homan of Ottawa CC, who topped the standings at 8-1 after a 6-4 win over Ashley Kallos of Thunder Bay Fort William, in the Page 1-2 playoff game Saturday at 2 p.m.

"It feels good to be in the 1-2 game," said Horgan, last year's runner-up. "It's nice to have that extra game, one you can afford to lose."

Horgan jumped out to a 4-0 first-end lead on McKnight, but the Uxbridge rink came right back with a three in the second to make a game of it.

"She had really good strategy and had a lot of rocks in play," Horgan said. "We just tried to keep the pressure on. And I'm glad we could help Lisa's team out."

Two-time defending champion Krista McCarville of Fort William wound up third at 6-3 after a 9-2 win over Marika Bakewell of London Highland and will meet the tiebreaker winner in the Page 3-4 playoff game Saturday at 7 p.m. The winner of that game meets the Homan-Horgan loser in Sunday's 9:30 a.m. semifinal.

In the other ninth-draw game, Dahl finished at 4-5 after edging Kristy Russell of Shelburne 7-6. Bakewell and Kallos wound up 3-6 while Goring and Russell ended up at 2-7.

The bottom five were eliminated in Friday afternoon's eighth draw.

McCarville had the decisive win, edging Kallos 7-6 to oust Kallos and the four other teams that started the day with five losses.

It was a nice bounceback for McCarville, who saw a win over Homan slip away Thursday night in gut-wrenching fashion.

"I think if we'd have gotten smoked and didn't deserve anything in that game, it would have been tougher for us to rebound," she said. "But the fact we had a good game against them, with just a couple of bad-luck shots, let us be able to just forget it, move on and realize we still had a shot at the playoffs.

"Everything happens for a reason and for some reason we weren't meant to win that game. Maybe it made us work a little harder today. Obviously, we're taking every game from now on as a final as we can't afford to lose another game."

In the other eighth-round games, Homan blanked Goring 7-0, Horgan doubled Russell 10-5 and Bakewell beat McKnight 7-4.

Before the ninth draw, Goring was presented with the Shorty Jenkins Sportsmanship Award, which was voted on by her fellow competitors.


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