With the Original 16 Cash League hitting the 10-game mark on Wednesday night at the Moose Jaw Curling Centre, there are once again all sorts of familiar faces at the top of the leaderboard.
Leading the way, as per usual, is Penny Barker’s BTN Chartered Accountants rink. The two-time provincial Scotties Tournament of Hearts champion and her perennial title-contending foursome improved to 9-1 thanks to a 10-3 win over Young and Young Automotive (Stan Barnsley, 4-6).
Barker wasted little time getting going, putting up four in the first end and leading 6-2 through three. After Barnsley got one back in the fourth, back-to-back deuces extended BTN’s edge to 10-3, and the two teams would call it a night after six ends.
Fountain Tire (Barry Silk, 8-2) continued their stellar campaign with a 7-3 win over Leeville Construction (Curtis Woloschuk, 4-5) to sit in second place. A three-spot in the second end gave Silk a 3-1 lead and they’d hold a 4-3 edge heading into the break. Another deuce in the sixth gave the eventual victors a bit more comfort and they’d add a steal in the seventh to finish things off.
KMS Construction (Ben Gamble, 7-3) kept pace with the leaders thanks to a 7-5 win over EMJ Marketing (Joe Gunnis, 3-7). Things were back-and-forth in the early going, with Gunnis taking a 2-1 lead out of the third end, but three in the fourth gave Gamble control. A deuce in the sixth made it 6-3 and after Gamble stole another in the seventh, Gunnis would get a pair back in the final end.
John’s Music (Ryan Wenarchuk, 6-4) moved into the top four thanks to a 9-2 win over Wade Gray (4-6). Deuces in the second and fifth ends staked Wenarchuk to a 5-1 lead at the break, and after Gray picked up one in the sixth, a four-ender in the seventh finished things off.
Ryder Helmeczi (3-6) was the other winner on the night, taking a 7-3 victory over RK Sunview Farms (Dayne Heisler, 1-9). A three-ender got Helmeczi off to a great start, and they’d stake themselves to a 4-2 lead through five ends. A single point in the sixth got Heisler back within one, but Helmeczi would get that back and more with a deuce in the seventh before stealing one in the eighth.
Original 16 Cash League action takes place every Wednesday night at the Moose Jaw Events Centre.