The Great Western Original 16 Cash League kicked off Wednesday night with a full slate of teams, a handful of new faces and sponsors and plenty of action at the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre.
Defending champion BTN Chartered Accountants (Penny Barker) opened with a convincing win over Original 16 newcomer Shaunna Fritzler, scoring six in the third end and stealing single points the rest of the way on to an 11-1 victory.
Perennial contender Seaborn Agencies (Joel Jordison) scored three in the third end to build a 5-1 lead and never looked back from there, taking an 8-2 win over Terra Grain Fuels (Ralph Courtnage).
Joe Gunnis and his EMJ Marketing foursome picked up where they left off last season when they reached the semifinals as they built a 7-0 lead through the first four ends and defeated Barb Wallace 9-1.
The closest game of the night was between newcomers Tip Top Roofing (Chris Hibbin) and KMS/Park Capital (Ben Gamble). Hibbin overcame 4-0 and 6-3 deficits, scoring two in the eighth end to tie the game 7-7 and then stealing one in the extra end for an 8-7 win. John’s Music (Ryan Wenarchuk) saw Fountain Tire/Keon’s Garden Centre (Warren Marcotte) nearly overcome a 4-1 deficit, closing to a single point after the fifth. Wenarchuk took back control with three in the sixth, though and stole one in the seventh to take the 8-3 win.
Rob Garland Agro (Murray Stroeder) scored four in the seventh to take 7-4 win over KalTire (Bob Desjarlais).
Easy Care Living (Lorraine Arguin) blew open a close 2-1 game through three ends with Ackerman Ag (Patrick Ackerman) with two in the fourth, steals of one in five and six and a game-ending steal of two in the seventh for the 8-1 win.
ProTec Video (Wade Gray) got off the fastest start on the night, scoring four in the first end, but couldn’t continue the roll against Team Redgoat (Donna Ackerman). Ackerman got one back in the second and went on a steal tear from there with one in three and four, followed by deuces in each of the fifth, sixth and seventh ends for a 9-4 win.
League action continues every Wednesday at the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre.