Curling officials use Brier draw between Northern Ontario’s Brad Jacobs, Saskatchewan’s Brock Virtue as a real measuring stick
Team Saskatchewan skip Brock Virtue, right, is congratulated by Chris Schille after Virtue made his last shot on the third end to score two points during a game against Team Northern Ontario in the morning draw at the 2013 Tim Hortons Brier held at Rexall Place in Edmonton on Thursday March 7, 2013. Team lead DJ Kidby, leftis also in photo.
Photograph by: Larry Wong, Edmonton Journal
EDMOTNON - Not one but two officials failed to determine with a measuring stick whether Saskatchewan’s Brock Virtue scored two or three points in the third end of a Thursday morning game at the 2013 Tim Hortons Brier at Rexall Place.
“That was pretty wild,” Northern Ontario skip Brad Jacobs said. “I’ve never seen that before, probably won’t see that ever again.
“I really didn’t know what the rule was until Ryan (Fry, his third) came down and told me if it was a tie and they can’t determine who’s shot, then it cancels each other out and it’s two. That was a bonus for us, I guess.”
Virtue admitted that an extra point early in the game would have been nice, considering that Saskatchewan had to steal the winning point in an extra end.
“It didn’t end up mattering, but it would have made things a lot less stressful,” said Virtue, who also had never previously witnessed a similar tie between rocks in the house.
“Every time (the measuring stick) went around, we were thinking it was us because we were yellow and we wanted it to be yellow,” said Virtue. “The official said he’s never seen it that close.”
Saskatchewan third Braeden Moskowy said he thought the Northern Ontario rock was third shot, while Fry thought it was Saskatchewan.
“It was just a weird scenario,” Moskowy said. “Sometimes, when they’re right on the button you can’t tell, so you can’t measure them. I’ve seen that before, but I’ve never actually seen where it’s an exact tie and you keep going and no matter what you do, it’s the exact same thing.
“I was never admitting that it was them. I was just hoping that they’d keep measuring and, hopefully, some official saw it differently and gave the point to us."
On the road
Organizing committees for the 2013 Roar of the Rings Olympic Trials at Winnipeg in December and the 2014 Tim Hortons Brier at Kamloops, B.C., have arrived in Edmonton and set up booths at Rexall Place.
The 2014 Continental Cup at Las Vegas next January also has an information booth.
8:30 a.m. — Draw 15
New Brunswick vs. B.C.
Manitoba vs. Northwest Territories/Yukon
P.E.I. vs. Ontario
Newfoundland/Labrador vs. Alberta
1:30 p.m. — Draw 16
Nova Scotia vs. P. E. I.
Newfoundland/Labrador vs. Quebec
Northern Ontario vs. New Brunswick
Saskatchewan vs. Northwest Territories/Yukon
7:30 p.m. — Draw 17
Quebec vs. Saskatchewan
Alberta vs. Ontario
B.C. vs. Manitoba
Nova Scotia vs. Northern Ontario
Original 16 Patch
Brett Kissel, The Chevelles
Take your shot at daily cash prizes on the shuffleboard-style version of the roaring game between noon and 6 p.m. Each day’s winner qualifies to play in the weekend finals.
Purple Heart Lounge
Noon — Up Close and Personal Interview with Alberta Kevin Martin’s Alberta team and Andrew Bilesky’s team from British Columbia
5 p.m. — Up Close and Personal Interview with James Grattan’s New Brunswick team and Jamie Koe’s team from the Northwest Territories/Yukon
Noon — Autograph sessions with Glenn Howard’s Ontario team and Jeff Stoughton’s Manitoba team
5 p.m. — Autograph sessions with Eddie MacKenzie’s Prince Edward Island rink and Brad Gushue’s team from Newfoundland/Labrador
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