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Jacobs Steals Players Championship on Final Shot

Sunday Apr 12 2015

It was a game Mike McEwen and his team appeared to have won. They had been perfect in the Players Championship at the Mattamy Athletic Centre in Toronto through five round robin games, won a semifinal, and earned the final game win through seven ends. In fact, all but the last shot of the game. McEwen had the shot he wanted  - an in turn draw to the button - and thought he threw it perfectly.

But it came to rest in the back four foot circle, giving Brad Jacobs a steal of one and a 4-3 win in the final Grand Slam event of the year.

The loss mars, only slightly, a remarkable season - playoffs in every event played; 11 final games in 12 major events (including the Safeway Championship); eight final game wins and only three losses. However, two of those three losses will haunt Mike McEwen and his team.

They'll remember for a while that they had the greatest World Curling Tour/Grand Slam season ever - they'll remember much longer the  losses in the Safeway Championship and Players Championship final games.

Team McEwen in 10th WCT/Slam Final  of the Season - Mike McEwen and his Manitoba team have advanced to the final of the Grand Slam Player's Championship with a 7-3 semi-final victory over John Epping (ON). Team McEwen will play Brad Jacobs (NON) in the Sunday evening final game after Jacobs scored three coming home to beat the Wayne Middaugh-skipped Brendan Bottcher-Alberta team. It will be the 10th WCT/Grand Slam final game of the season for the Manitobans who have already won eight events, including two previous Grand Slam events (The National & The Elite 10) this year.

Team McEwen was the only team to win all five of their round robin games, advancing direct to the semifinals. Jacobs finished 4-1 and also advanced direct to the semifinal. To reach the semifinals, Epping beat Kevin Koe 6-4 while Bottcher had to win a tiebreaker (6-4) against Glenn Howard and then defeated Brad Gushue (NF) 6-4.

The Jeff Stoughton and Reid Carruthers teams did not reach the playoffs.

In the Women's event, the Sunday afternoon final features Anna Sidorova (RUS) against Eve Muirhead (SCO). Sidorova won a tiebreaker (7-5 over Sherry Middaugh-ON) before beating World Champion Alina Paetz-SUI (6-3) in the quarterfinal and Val Sweeting-AB (5-3)  in the semifinal while Muirhead posted an 8-4 win over Heather Nedohin-AB before beating Rachel Homan-ON (8-7) in the semifnal.

Manitobans Jennifer Jones and Kristy McDonald did not make the playoffs.

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