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Birchard Wins Fort Rouge Ladies Classic

Saturday Oct 31 2015

Shannon Birchard and her St Vital team (Nicole Sigvaldason, Sheyna Andries, Mariah Mondor) defeated Jennifer Clark-Rouire's Granite foursome (Rachel Burtnyk, Lindsay Warkentin, Kylee Calvert) 7-3 to win the final game of the Fort Rouge Ladies Classic, the weekend event on the Manitoba Curling Tour presented by Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries. Team Birchard was 3-0 in the round robin portion of the event and a perfect 6-0 through the weekend competition. Team Birchard cashes a $1,400 winners' cheque to go with the $300 won earlier as the top performing team in the event's shoot-out plus $120 in 'per-win' money.                          

Clark-Rouire scored a 5-3 victory over Touri Koana-JPN while Birchard was beating Kim Link 7-6 in the semifinals.

The Clark-Rouire team payday was $1,100 (plus $40 for one win) while Link and Koana each earned $800. Link was a perfect 3-0 in round robin play to earn $120 for wins while the Japanese team won a pair of games to earn an added $80.

Quarterfinalists Janet Harvey (Granite) and Berth Peterson (Fort Rouge) each earned $600 plus $120 for their perfect 3-0 record in round robin play. Joelle Brown (Assiniboine Memorial) picked up $600 plus $80 for two wins and Deb Collyer-Killarney earned $600 plus $40 for a single win.

The event’s results changed the Manitoba Curling Tour rankings significantly.

Link (up from #6) moved into a first place tie with Michelle Montford-Assiniboine Memorial and moved Kristy McDonald-Granite and Kerri Einarson back to ‘tied for third’ ranking and Barb Spencer-Assiniboine Memorial back 5th. None of Montford, McDonald, Einarson, or Spencer competed in the weekend event.

Darcy Robertson-Rossmere stayed in a fifth place tie with Spencer along with Beth Peterson–Fort Rouge (up from #7).

Birchard’s championship moved her St Vital team up in the rankings from #14 to #8, tied with Joelle Brown-Assiniboine Memorial (up from #9). Quarterfinalist Janet Harvey-Granite stayed in the #10 ranking position and just ahead of #11 Jennifer Clark-Rouire-Granite.

The 16-team event was played in four pools of four teams in a round-robin. Four teams with 3-0 records and two with 2-1 records advanced to the playoff based on their winning record. In two of the pools, three teams finished with 1-2 records, bringing into play the bonspiel's 8-shot tiebreaker. The final two teams to advance based on 'shoot-out results' were Jennifer Clark-Rouire-Granite and Debbie Collyer-Killarney.

The 'shoot-out' was conducted by each team after their first game and included in & out-turn draws to the button through a port, an in & out-turn raise to the button, hit and rolls to the button from each side of the four-foot, and hit and rolls to the button from each side of the 12 foot circle. The shoot-out contest was based on a model employed by Brandon's Neil Andrews Legends Classic. Shannon Birchard's team topped the event with a score of 25 out of a possible 40 points and earned the $300 cheque offered to the winner of the 'shoot-out'.

MCT WOMEN’S RANKING (November 2 – Week 6)

Rank

Skip Name

Home Club

Ranking Points*

$$$ Winnings**

1

Kim Link

East St Paul

88

$3870

1

Michelle Montford

Assiniboine Memorial

88

$2600

3

Kerri Einarson

East St Paul

84

$5450

3

Kristy McDonald

Granite

84

$4900

5

Barb Spencer ***

Assiniboine Memorial

78

$2800

5

Darcy Robertson

Rossmere

78

$5290

5

Beth Peterson

Fort Rouge

78

$3770

8

Shannon Birchard

St Vital

70

$3020

8

Joelle Brown

Assiniboine Memorial

70

$2630

10

Janet Harvey

Granite

64

$870

11

Jennifer Clark-Rouire

Granite

60

$2340

12

Jill Thurston

Granite

50

$800

13

Team KOANA

Japan

40

$10080

13

Team KIM

Korea

40

$15400

15

Megham Armit

Granite

36

$1650

 

 

 

 

 

* Ranking Points include January-March qualifying events
**   $$$ Winnings are for events beginning September, 2015
*** has a provincial championship berth

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Sunday Final: Shannon Birchard and her St Vital team defeated Jennifer Clark-Rouire's Granite foursome 7-3 to win the final game of the Fort Rouge Ladies Classic. Birchard was 3-0 in the round robin portion of the event and a perfect  6-0 through the weekend competition. Team Birchard cashes a $1,400 winners' cheque to go with the $300 won earlier as the top performing team in the event's shoot-out plus $120 in 'per-win' money.                                     

Jennifer Clark-Rouire scored a 5-3 victory over Touri Koana-JPN while Shannon Birchard was beating Kim Link 7-6 in the semifinals of the Fort Rouge Ladies Classic Sunday afternoon.

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Koana vs Clark-Rouire, Birchard vs Link in Ft Rouge Semifinals - Japan's Team Fujiyama, skipped by Touri Koana, needed two extra ends but was successful in advancing to the semifinal of the Fort Rouge Ladies Classic. The visitors fought back from giving up a first end pair to defeat reigning Manitoba Junior Women's champion skip Beth Peterson - Ft Rouge 5-4 and will play Jennifer Clark-Rouire (Granite) who defeated Janet Harvey (Assiniboine Memorial) 6-4.  The other semifinal features Shannon Birchard-St Vital (7-4 over Joelle Brown-Assiniboine Memorial) against Kim Link (8-1 over Deb Collyer-Killarney).                    

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Playoffs Set at Fort Rouge Ladies Classic - Shannon Birchard-St Vital, Janet Harvey-Assiniboine Memorial, Beth Peterson-Fort Rouge and Kim Link-East St Paul all posted perfect 3-0 records to lead the way in the Sunday playoff round of the inaugural, Fort Rouge Ladies Classic. The 16-team event was played in four pools of four teams in a round-robin. At 2-1, Japan's Team Fujiyama (Koana) and Joelle Brown-Assiniboine Memorial also advanced to the playoff based on their winning record. In two of the pools, three teams finished with 1-2 records, bringing into play the bonspiel's 8-shot tiebreaker. The final two teams to advance based on 'shoot-out results' were Jennifer Clark-Rouire-Granite and Debbie Collyer-Killarney.

In the Sunday quarterfinals, at 9AM CST, Birchard plays Brown, Link meets Collyer, Peterson plays Koana, and Harvey's opponent is the Clark-Rouire foursome.

Birchard Foursome Wins Skills Contest - The 'shoot-out' was conducted by each team after their first game and included in & out-turn draws to the button through a port, an in & out-turn raise to the button, hit and rolls to the button from each side of the four-foot, and hit and rolls to the button from each side of the 12 foot circle. The shoot-out contest was based on a model employed by Brandon's Neil Andrews Legends Classic. Shannon Birchard's team topped the event with a score of 25 out of a possible 40 points and earned the $300 cheque offered to the winner of the 'shoot-out'.



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