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Liza Park delivers a shot during the final of the Brandon Ladies Bonspiel against Kristen Phillips at the Brandon Curling Club on Sunday afternoon.
Make it two-for-two for Liza Park.
Kristen Phillips shouts to her teammates during the Brandon Ladies Bonspiel final at the Brandon Curling Club on Sunday afternoon.
(BRUCE BUMSTEAD/BRANDON SUN)
The Deloraine native, who skips a Brandon-based curling team of Darla Hayward, Pam Robins and Kortney Teale, won her second bonspiel of the season Sunday afternoon at the Brandon Curling Club when she edged Brandon’s Kristen Phillips 6-4 in the A-event final at the 77th annual Brandon Ladies’ Bonspiel. Considering it was only Park’s second bonspiel of the season — the first coming at Westman women’s playdowns, where she won a berth at this week’s provincial Scotties Tournament of Hearts — the squad has a pretty solid track record.
However, luck played a huge factor on Sunday as Park’s final stone of the game, an open takeout for the win, picked right out of her hand. However, it curled enough to raise her guard back on to the shot rock, removing it and giving her rink the win and the $300 grand prize.
"You have to have a little luck sometimes and I had a little luck and we ended up saving that rock and we won," Park said.
"There’s nothing else I can say. It was all pure luck. That’s the game out there. Sometimes you lose that way, sometimes you win that way. I’ve had lots more losses that way than wins, so I guess it’s my time to have a little luck."
Park came into this weekend’s bonspiel hoping to have some fun and build up momentum for the Scotties, which starts Wednesday in Stonewall.
Her team managed to bond both on and off the ice, and they gained a lot of confidence playing through the A event.
On their way to the final, Park had to beat Dauphin’s Lisa Menard and Brandon’s Stacey Fordyce —both of whom will also be at the Scotties. Phillips and her third Brittany Cousins, who is from Elkhorn, will also be at the Scotties. Phillips will be Jill Thurston’s third while Cousins is the team’s lead.
Strangely enough, Park won’t face any of those teams at the Scotties, as they’re all in the other pool, but she still feels like she gained a lot from playing them this weekend.
"It’s nice to see some of them here," Park said. "I know Kristen’s whole team isn’t here, but she’s a good competitor so it’s good to curl her in the final. We were fortunate we could play those teams because you hope to get some good games in and that’s what we were hoping for."
Phillips, who won $260, also played with Amber Dawson-Martens and Jessica Thompson.
For full results from the bonspiel, see Page B4.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition January 21, 2013