Saturday, March 17, 2007

Canada Cup, Women's Final: Jones defeats King 10 - 8 7

With the free-guard rule, it's just too hard to "keep it clean", and in the 9th, King missed a nose hit to score one, giving up a steal of one to Jones. That wasn't altogether horrible for King, who now has the hammer going home down one, and it isn't clear whether it is better to be down one with the hammer or up one without. My own preference would be for up one without, but it's a tough choice.

Digression: Watching the game on CBC and on CurlTV is an interesting experience. CurlTV has about a 20-30 second time delay, and so after each shot seen on CBC, we can then look at the computer screen to see a full replay.

In the 10th end, a number of King's team's rocks were waayyyy too heavy, drifting to the back of the rings or bouncing well off freeze attempts. As a result, King had bad position by the time they got to skips' stones. With her first shot, Jones tapped the only King rock anywhere near counting to the back of the rings to lie four. With her first shot, King tried a freeze to Jones' shot rock in the back of the four, but came up light, sitting on the button. Because King's rock was wide open, Jones picked it out, lying four again, forcing King to try to draw for one to tie the game at 8-8, but her draw attempt was much too heavy, yielding a steal of two.

Update: Oops. Final score was 10 - 7, as pointed out in the comments. King tried to tie it, but didn't get her 8th point and gave up 2.



At 3/17/2007 10:16 p.m., Blogger catester said...

Nice post, but the final score was 10-7.


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