Thursday, January 07, 2010

Seven teams hurry hard at the Scotties

by Keith Borkowsky, The Curling Guy

KILLARNEY — Day 1 is in the books and I'm no wiser on who will win Manitoba's Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

But seven teams made better cases than the rest of the 16 teams here this week based on 2-0 opening days. Given how Manitoba's draw is set up, the seeded teams should be 2-0 by now, and all but one (Kim Link of East St. Paul) succeeded.

While there's still time to make up ground, the seven teams now at 0-2 will have to get some help. Winning a few games wouldn't hurt either.

The surprises? While Killarney has gotten behind this event in absolutely every way possible (and I really can't overstate that fact after covering four of these events), they are far from a lively bunch — even by curling standards. There's not much for crowd reaction after shots of any kind. They know the game, but seem to be the strong silent type.

I'm not saying they need a mariachi band for fifth end breaks, but what would it take to clap your hands? I mean, it's minus-freaking bone chilling molecular structure destruction is imminent 30 or whatever.

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