It was one of the most dramatic finishes to a provincial Scotties in recent history.

Michelle Englot, Kate Cameron, Leslie Wilson and Raunora Westcott of the Granite Curling Club defeated Darcy Robertson 8-6 in the final of the 2017 Provincial Scotties Tournament of Hearts at the Eric Coy Arena in Winnipeg.

With tons of rocks in play in that tenth end and the game tied 6-6, Robertson's third Karen Klein made a spectacular triple raise take-out to lay shot rock biting the top of the button.

Kate Cameron followed with a clutch straight back raise take-out to lie shot.

Robertson had two chances to get at that shot rock and steal the win.

The first was an attempt at a double through a narrow port.

The rock made it threw the opening but just failed to make contact with Englot's second shot rock in the four foot and missed everything.

Robertson then tried to slice her own rock that was also in the four-foot but was third shot, onto Englot's shot rock.

That attempt just barely missed as Robertson's rock failed to get by Englot's second shot rock.

Game over.

"Karen made an awesome one," said Cameron of those amazing back-to-back throws. "It was pretty much make-or-miss and we're going to probably lose at that point. We threw a ton of shots in that exact in-turn and my in-turn run-back is probably my favourite shot. I knew what I had to do and I couldn't overthrow that. We needed to make that."

Cameron, Wilson, Westcott and Kristy McDonald lost to Kerri Einarson in the 2016 final in Beausejour.

"It feels so good right now," said Wilson. "Last year was an amazing year and we just didn't finish it. It's great to get it done."

Wilson & Westcott won provincial Scotties titles with Jill Thurston in 2010 and Cathy Overton-Clapham in 2011.

Now they're going back to the national Scotties again.

"It's been a long time," Westcott said. "We've been in a couple of finals and had our hearts broken. This feels awesome. It feels great to be on the other side."

Westcott, Wilson and Cameron were forced to look for a new skip last summer when McDonald wanted to spend more time with her family.

They called Englot, who lives in Regina and has represented Saskatchewan at the National Scotties eight times.

"We knew that we were capable, that's for sure," said Englot. "This could have been a little bit of a building year but with the Olympic Trials being on the line and that was our key focus, we wanted to qualify for that. We knew that we had to build quickly as a team and we've worked really hard at doing that on and off the ice."

Darcy Roberton, Karen Klein, Vanessa Foster and Michelle Madden had an amazing weekend at the provincial Scotties.

The Pembina foursome ended Kerri Einarson's reign as Scotties champion Saturday in a tie-breaker  and defeated reigning Olympic champion Jennifer Jones 8-6 Sunday morning in the semifinals.

"I'm sure it will hit me later on and I'll be disappointed but my team played great all week," said Robertson. "We had a great run. That's all you can do."

The National Scotties Tournament of Hearts will be held from February 18th to the 26th in St. Catherines, Ontario.

 

photos courtesy CurlManitoba

 

englot team hug

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SCOREBOARD

Tuesday, September 26th

Zone 13 High School Boys Soccer
SRSS vs Gabrielle Roy/PDC
@ Steinbach
Green Valley at Niverville
Both games begin at 5:30 p.m.

Manitoba Major Soccer League
Premier Division
Hanover Kickers vs CSSE Juventus
@ Wpg, 7:30 p.m.

MJHL
Wpg Blues at Winkler, 7:30 p.m.
Virden at Waywayseecappo, 7:30 p.m.
Dauphin at OCN, 7 p.m.

Major League Baseball
American League 
Tampa Bay at New York, 6:05 p.m.
Minnesota at Cleveland, 6:10 p.m.
Toronto at Boston, 6:10 p.m.
Houston at Texas, 7:05 p.m.
Los Angeles at Chicago, 7:10 p.m.
Detroit at Kansas City, 7:15 p.m.
Seattle at Oakland, 9:05 p.m.
National League
Washington at Philadelphia, 6:05 p.m.
Atlanta at New York, 6:10 p.m.
Cincinnati at Milwaukee, 6:40 p.m.
Chicago at St. Louis, 7:15 p.m.
Miami at Colorado, 7:40 p.m.
San Francisco at Arizona, 8:40 p.m.
San Diego at Los Angeles, 9:10 p.m.
Interleague
Baltimore at Pittsburgh, 6:05 p.m.

Monday, September 25th

South Central Athletic Conference
High School Volleyball
Junior Varsity Boys
SRSS over Dakota
25-23, 25-18, 26-24
Junior Varsity Girls
Dakota over SRSS
18-25, 25-16, 24-26, 25-17, 15-6
Varsity Boys
Dakota over SRSS
17-25, 25-16, 25-16, 25-23
Varsity Girls
Dakota over SRSS
25-21, 25-22, 28-26

Zone 13 High School Girls Soccer
Niverville 2 SRSS 1
Lorette 5 Gabrielle Roy/PDC 3

NHL
Exhibition
Winnipeg 5 Calgary 2

Major League Baseball
American League
Toronto 6 Boston 4
New York 11 Kansas City 3
Houston 11 Texas 2
Chicago 4 Los Angeles 2
Seattle 7 Oakland 1
National League
Washington 3 Philadelphia 1
Chicago 10 St. Louis 2
Miami 5 Colorado 4
San Francisco 9 Arizona 2
Los Angeles 9 San Diego 3
1st game: Atlanta 9 New York 2
2nd game: New York 3 Atlanta 2

NFL
Dallas 28 Arizona 17

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