Carberry’s Kelly Marnoch secured a first-round bye in the Brandon Sun Westman Super League of Curling playoffs on Wednesday night, while Neepawa’s Jerry Chudley clinched a spot in the final six.
Marnoch (8-2) scored three three-enders at the Brandon Curling Club as his team locked up second place with a 10-5 victory over Mark Anderson (1-9), who plays out of the Riverview Curling Club.
Meanwhile, Chudley (7-3) put up a trio of deuces and ran Brandon’s Cale Dunbar (6-4) out of stones in the eighth to earn a 6-4 victory and book his ticket to the playoffs, while Dunbar is guaranteed at least a tiebreaker.
In Wednesday’s other games, it was: Terry McNamee 6, Shawn Taylor 1; Jim Renwick 7, Curtis McCannell 0; Kelly Skinner 5, Brian Fowler 4; and Perry Fisher 8, Duane Lang 6.
McNamee 6 Taylor 1
In a battle of Brandonites, McNamee (9-1) opened up the game with a four in the sixth end as the defending champions clinched first place. Taylor (1-9) managed a single in the fifth and shook hands in the seventh.
Renwick 7 McCannell 0
Brandon’s Renwick (6-4) secured at least a tiebreaker by holding Pilot Mound’s McCannell (5-5) off the scoreboard.
Skinner 5 Fowler 4
Fowler’s team (5-5) gave up a steal of one in the eighth end to drop them into a tie for the sixth and final playoff spot with McCannell, while Skinner (4-6) kept his hopes of reaching a tiebreaker alive by winning the game involving a pair of Brandon-based teams.
Fisher 8 Lang 6
Wawanesa’s Fisher (4-6) scored threes in the second and fifth ends to keep his hopes of reaching a tiebreaker alive, while Brandon’s Lang (4-6) falls into a situation where the best he can do is a tiebreaker.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 13, 2013