State Club Championships

Granite Curling Club of Seattle

December 17-19, 2011 - Completed

Team Information

Violette

Men

Thomas Violette, Leon Romaniuk, Paul Lyttle, Harold (Duane) Rutan

Record: 5-3 - C Winner

Won Saturday 9:00 am - Game A1
Violette     1 2   4 6   7        
Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Beck H 3 5 8                  
Won Saturday 2:00 pm - Game A5
Violette     1 2   4       5      
Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Shoesmith H 3                      
  1. red draw on last rock comes up wide and a bit short. blue steals 1.
  2. shoesmith draws to pot for 1, measure for second goes to blue.
  3. violette sitting 5 without hammer. first rock for red.
    violette sitting 6, last rock for shoesmith.
    red misses difficult in-off. 4 for blue. handshakes.
Lost Saturday 7:00 pm - Game A7
Kauffman H 1   2 4       8   9    
Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Violette   3 5 6 7                
  1. Wow - Kauffman makes a risky double to take 4. The crowd goes wild!
Lost Sunday 9:00 am - Game B5
Pleasants     1   3 5 7     9       10
Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Violette H   2 4   6   8            
Won Sunday 2:00 pm - Game C3
Violette H 1   4 6 7     8        
Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Shoesmith   2   3 5 9              
  1. violette has soft hit and flop for 3, but noses. blue scores 2.
  2. shoesmith has tough shot for 1, against 3 blue. overcurls and crashes. steal of 3 for violette.
  3. violette doubles out 2 red to end game. handshakes.
Won Sunday 7:00 pm - Game C5
Kauffman     1     4 6 9          
Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Violette H     2   3 5 7   8      

Kauffman is in the driver's seat for these playoffs. He almost has an incentive to lose this game - as then he gets tomorrow morning off before having to win one of the next two games. If he wins this game, he only has to win one of the next three games. Kauffman is play three handed tonight without Ken Trask.

  1. measure for whether it's one two or three.
  2. tom has two welded on top of blue at the back of the four foot. Doug's first rock is short and hits a rock at the top of the house. Second shot is a try at raise takeout - just misses
  3. Doug hits but doesn't quite roll out.
  4. Doug's last rock freezes on top of red with blue behind. Tom corners it, but only the shot rock scores.
  5. Leon doubles to lie four. Hit and roll doesn't roll. Leon hits. John rolls a bit this time. Tom crashes on the guard - blue has one at edge of eight, three blue on twelve. Doug's draw is light. Tom hits to lie four. Doug draws.
  6. John makes a double raise double to lie two. Leon make a double to lie two red. John makes a double raise takout that's almost a double but clears the four foot and leaves nothing in front of it. Leon's a bit light to split the house - it's mid eight foot. Doug almost doubles but leaves red shot with a blue in front and back of it. Tom rubs the guard on an attempt to lie two. Doug just ticks his blue into the shot to lie one by just a touch. Tom draws the back of the buttom.
  7. Duane lines up two close to the front of the house while Andreas draws the button and puts one in front of the two red. Paul draws the button - hard to tell who's shot. Andreas peels his own guard. Paul guards. John peels one guard but drives another into the button pushing the blue back to the edge of the eight so that red lies two. Leon guards. John clears more guards. Leon guards. John peels it. Tom guards but there's a corner of a red exposed. Doug rubs the guard. Tom guards. Doug almost makes a long raise takeout but the shot rock jams on the blue at the back and the raised rock rolls too far out.
  8. Andreas's third rock removes a red at the top of the house and rolls to the edge of the twelve foot at the T-line. There's a blue at the opposite center of the eight foot behind a red and blue lined up. Paul hits and stick on the blue at the twelve. John nudges his own blue and stops at the back of the four. Leon hits and sticks. Ditto for John. Leon almost doubles but his shot rolls behind the remaining blue. The blue is now off slight to the outside of the two lined up rocks in front of the house. John's draw is light and is in front of the house. Tom hits on the outside and rolls out to lie two. Doug draws but slightly rubs the guard to lie open. Tom hits and rolls past the guard line - but still lies three. Doug draws.
  9. Andreas puts up a center guard just back of the hog line. Duane draws the top eight foot. Andreas puts up another center guard four feet behind the first. Duane close to corner freezes his first shot. Andreas draws but nudges the two reds. Paul peels the top guard. John also nudges the stack of three and rolls outside. Paul peels guard 2. John's draw is light and sits just off the top of the stack of three. Leon double peels leaving two red at the top with a blue off to the side. John draws for shot but it's open. Leon hits and rolls behind the stack of two. Doug draw is heavy to the back of the eight. Tom hits and sticks. Doug concedes.

Kauffman clearly didn't lose the game on purpose - but he's probably looking forward to sleeping in tomorrow morning.

Won Monday 8:00 am - Game C7
Pleasants   2 5 8                  
Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Violette H 3 4   6   7 9          
  Blank: 1

Winner of this game plays Kaufmann in the next draw and, if they win, Kaufmann again. Could be a long day for one of these teams...

  1. Clean first end, both teams getting a feel for the ice. Violette sitting one red after his last, but Pleasants peels.
  2. The hitting continues. Team Pleasants misses a couple, allowing Violette to get a rock biting the 8 foot with a guard, which Pleasants tries to run back but misses. Violette replaces the guard. With his first rock, Chris draws around the outside to sit one. With his last, Tom follows him down but is heavy and outside, leaving Chris an open draw to full 8 foot for two. Chris comes up light, barely biting the house, and scores one.
  3. Team Pleasants gets a guard up early and is able to hit-and-roll behind it by the mid-point of the end. Team Violette tries the runback double but misses, clearing the guard. Pleasants tries to put the guard back but ends up frozen in the house, which Leon clears with an easy double to lie one. Hitting continues, leaving one Pleasants rock in the house for Violette's final throw, which he attempts to peel but it over-curls and Violette takes one.
  4. Team Violette puts up a tight center guard, Team Pleasants tries for a corner guard but it stops short, still inside the 4-foot line. Violette draws around to top of button, Pleasants raises the red guard so Violette has two in the four foot. Violette puts up an off-center guard, which Pleasants double-peels, leaving the center open. Violette replaces the center guard, so Pleasants tries the runback double with the remaining (intended to be a corner) blue guard; they make contact, driving one red stone to the 12-foot behind tee line, while the other remains in the 4-foot. Violette draws around, sitting two in the 4-foot behind the blue guard. Pleasants tries the runback double again but misses, clearing instead Violette's center guard and the rock behind tee. Violette attempts to replace the center guard but comes up light, sitting wide of center line and leaving the double open for Pleasants, which they make to sit one blue in the 4-foot. Tom is slightly wide on a control-weight hit, peeling to leave the house open for Chris' first stone, which he puts on the 4-foot behind the center guard. Tom hits that away and rolls open, but Chris misses the open hit when his rock over-curls and the sweepers can't hold it.
  5. The hit-trading goes on. After thirds rocks by each team, Pleasants sits one in the 12-foot; Tom hits-and-rolls to the back 12-foot. Chris tries to freeze but over-curls, leaving a couple inches of separation and sitting second stone. Tom hits-and-rolls to sit two, forcing Chris to hit for one.
  6. After lead rocks, Pleasants has a narrow corner guard and a rock mostly buried, while Violette has second stone on the edge of the 4-foot and a center guard top-8. Pleasants attempts for a center guard and ends up almost frozen on the red stone, and Violette peels the blue guard, which Pleasants attempts to replace but hogs. Paul gently chips away the almost-frozen blue stone and rolls, leaving Pleasants sitting one and Violette sitting second, third, fourth. Pleasants tries for a double but hits-and-sticks instead. Leon misses narrow on the open hit, removing the red guard and rolling to bite 12-foot, giving Pleasants an opportunity to guard or hit to lie three; Pleasants opts for the guard, which Violette peels, rolling over to push out another blue stone, leaving Violette sitting second and third. Pleasants guards and Violette attempts to draw around with back-8 weight, but crashes on the guard and rolls to maybe just bite the house. Chris replaces the guard but leaves a little daylight; Tom draws around to tap back the lone blue stone and take four, but can't get enough weight on the blue stone and takes two.
  7. Violette puts a rock in the house, Pleasants puts up a corner guard, and Violette tries to draw behind but comes up short of the house, so Pleasants hits to lie one. Hits are traded, with Pleasants over-curling a hit-and-roll, leaving the house empty. Violette clears the blue corner guard, leaving a single red stone as a tight, off-center guard. Pleasants tries a come-around but is short, and Violette peels it. Pleasants' second try at the come-around finishes buried back-8. Leon follows it around to sit second, edge of top-4. Pleasants draws the other way to sit top-8. Tom decides to hit the blue rock at top-8 and it over-curls, but the sweepers save it, rolling the thrown rock to full-8 on the other side. Chris draws for button but is short, crashing on the off-center guard, but finishing in a good position to prevent a Violette raise. Tom's last rock is a draw to the button, which sits just open enough for Chris to tap it back and score two; Chris is light and Violette steals.
  8. Violette's first stone is through the house, and Pleasants follows with a center guard. Violette draws around to the 8-foot, mostly open, and Pleasants puts up another center guard. Violette attempts the double-peel but only gets one, leaving the red rock in the house fully exposed. Pleasants calls for a draw-around the guard, but ends up replacing the previously-peeled guard. Violette peels. Pleasants puts up a corner guard, but close enough to leave a double-peel opportunity for Violette; one guard is removed and the other bumped, but shooter stone rolls into the house, leaving Violette lying two. Pleasants draws, stopping short in the 8-foot, so Violette hits to lie three. Pleasants draws again, but sits mostly-open in the 4-foot, and Tom hits to lie four, covering all paths to the button. Chris tries for a gentle tap back on the shot stone, but is narrow and crashes on the guard, ultimately leaving Violette sitting three. Tom's last rock is a draw that rubs on a blue stone, leaving Chris an open hit, but not to get shot stone. Facing a steal of four, Chris attempts a double but his shot hangs, rolling the other way and just staying close enough to the 4-foot to take one.
  9. Pleasants opens with a high center guard, which Violette attempts to tick but misses, ending up in the house. Pleasants puts up a corner guard, slightly covering the red stone. Violette draws around the center guard to lie two. Pleasants follows around, but comes up light as a tight guard behind cover. Paul makes a nice double-peel of the guards, and Pleasants puts up another guard, which Paul also peels. The guard/peel trend continues, until a missed peel runs back on one of the two red rocks in the house, clearing it and leaving Violette sitting one. Pleasants draws to second stone in the house. Leon flashes a peel on a guard but hits the blue stone in the house, leaving red sitting two again. Chris draws to the house, but sits second, and Tom puts up a guard. Chris throws a hit but crashes on a guard, leaving the house unchanged. Tom draws a final stone but rubs and is swept through, leaving red sitting one. After which, Pleasants shook.
Lost Monday 11:45 am - Game F1
Kauffman   1 3 5   7   9          
Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Violette H 2 4 6 8                

Kauffman's team looks rested (they didn't have to play an 8am draw) and they're at full force today; they lost a close game to Violette yesterday, with only three players.

  1. The end starts clean, with teams trading hits in the house through the first six rocks. The hitting continues; this must have been what it was like before the Free Guard Zone rule. Violette leaves a single rock in the house for Kauffman to peel, but he misses for a nose hit and one point.
  2. Second verse, same as the first. Teams have decided that the FGZ is a dumb rule and they're ignoring it. On the 6th stone, Violette finally elects to freeze, but bumps a little and leaves it open for Kauffman to hit and sit two, but the hit is a little wide and rolls out, leaving one blue. Violette freezes again, but on the outside, so Kauffman tries to split the house to sit two; his rock under-curls and sits top-8, still two but not the position he wanted. Tom tries for the nose hit but over-curls and flashes, leaving Kauffman to put another stone top-8, and forcing Tom to draw full-8 for one. He decides to draw to the outside and it over-curls, but sweepers save it.
  3. And the hits just keep on coming. After lead rocks, Violette sits one on the edge of the 12-foot, which is peeled. Not wanting to be outdone, the thirds demonstrate that they can also peel. The skips trade hits, leaving Doug to peel the final rock, but he over-curls and is forced to take one.
  4. Sensing that the audience was getting bored, Violette chooses the tap-back instead of the hit with their first lead stone, leaving a blue rock at the back of the button. Kauffman hits-and-rolls to sit two, and Violette attempts the freeze, but over-curls to rest beside shot stone. Kauffman hits to lie three, and Violette draws for freeze again, but comes up short, top of the 8-foot. Kauffman tries to draw for a third scoring stone but comes up short, leaving the lone red rock available for a beautiful raise by Paul to lie first and fourth stones. Kauffman brings the heat, raising the red to push blue and red stones to back-8; when the movement stops, blue is sitting two with five stones in the house, and red has third shot. Violette hits shot stone and rolls, leaving Kauffman still sitting one, but red now second and third. Kauffman draws for button but is heavy, leaving a possible double for Violette to sit three. Leon is wide and hits out one to sit one. Doug tries to draw behind cover but is light and under-curls, sitting open at the top of the button, and leaving Violette a runback double to lie four. Tom is narrow and removes one each for blue and red, but Kauffman is still sitting second with an open hit to lie two. Doug nose-hits and Tom could draw for one, but decides instead to try a long double for three; he's narrow but still scores one.
  5. Hit me with your rhythm stick, hit me, hit me, hit me. A peel by Kauffman that doesn't roll out allows Violette to get a second rock in the house, which Kauffman peels. Tom splits the house with the first skip stone, and Doug freezes beautifully to it. Tom hits both out but keeps the shooter, forcing Doug to draw for one.
  6. If the audience didn't know better, they'd think they were watching a hitting practice. Eventually a rock rolls to a wide corner guard position, and Violette decides to draw behind it, but under-curls and slips just out the back of the house. Kauffman puts a rock in the house and Violette peels it, a trend that continues through skip's rocks until Tom's final stone over-curls and he's forced to take one.
  7. Violette opens with a draw to the button and Kauffman taps it to back-8, lying one. Violette tries for a hit-and-stick but rolls out, leaving a single red stone. Kauffman changes tactics and tries to put up a corner guard on the other side, but it's deep and in the house, so Violette hits and rolls to lie two. Kauffman hits but rolls out, so Violette draws to split the house. Kauffman hits, jamming on the back stone but clearing one of the reds. Violette peels the blue stone and still sits one. Kauffman tries to freeze but is a little heavy, rubbing off to leave Violette sitting shot. Leon doubles both the blue and red stones, leaving the red shooter in the house. Kauffman tries to freeze again but is short by 2 feet, and Tom picks out the blue stone to lie two. Doug freezes nicely to one of them for shot stone. Tom tries a hit but leaves one blue sitting shot, and Doug draws to the button for two.
  8. Kauffman opens with a rock in the 4-foot and Violette puts up a corner guard on the other side. Kauffman follows with a center guard and Violette tries a light hit, but is wide and rolls the blue stone to back of 4-foot. Kauffman draws to top-8, sitting two. Violette raises the blue stone, rolling the shooter to sit second and fourth stones. Kauffman puts up another near-center guard and Violette attempts to draw through a port, but crashes and opens a hole for a possible later hit. Kauffman draws for a guard but is heavy, sitting two behind the tee line in a position to be doubled. Violette draws to the button, fully buried behind a center guard. Kauffman follows him down, rubbing and sitting on the button; excitement builds as the audience is unable to determine who has shot rock. Leon throws a perfect hack-weight shot and the sweepers bring it paper-thin past the guard, driving back three blue stones and leaving Violette with two stones in the 4-foot behind cover. Doug says "anything you can do, I can do better", then throws a precise hack-weight double runback double to lie second (and maybe shot) near the edge of the 4-foot. Tom draws to full 4-foot, possibly lying two. Doug then disproves his earlier statement with a hack-weight shot to chip out shot stone that is wide and glides through the house. Tom draws again for two or three, but is heavy and goes out the back of the 4-foot. Measurement reveals that it's one red.
  9. Violette opens with a center guard and Kauffman draws behind it, half-buried in the 8-foot. Violette puts up another center guard and Kauffman puts up a narrow corner guard. Violette draws around but comes up short, leaving a corner guard. Kauffman taps back the corner guard to sit two behind a lot of cover, but with a narrow port that Violette draws through, tapping to sit one red top-8 and two blue in the 4-foot. Kauffman draws around, putting a guard full-12 to prevent a heavy draw but leaving a slash double/triple. Violette peels the guard, driving it back into the stones in the 4-foot and hitting one out, but leaving the guard in its place. Kauffman draws to replace the guard and is heavy, sliding through the house. Leon makes a nice runback double on a blue stone, leaving one blue and one red in the house, with blue shot at top-4. Kauffman draws down to angle-freeze on the red stone, hoping to prevent a runback, but over-curls and sits on the nose. Tom makes a difficult slash runback peel on the other side to remove the just-thrown blue stone. Doug is narrow on a draw around, rubbing off a center guard and rolling to the corner guard position. Tom tries to draw through a small port to get inside 4-foot, but rubs and stops full-12, leaving Doug a draw for two with full-8. And he makes it.
  10. Kauffman throws through and Violette puts up a high corner guard. Kauffman throws through again and Violette puts up the other corner guard. Let the peeling begin. Guard, peel, guard, peel; you get the idea. With 4 rocks left, Violette calls for a draw behind the remaining guard, in the 3 position. John makes a great runback double of both red stones. Violette draws into the house and Kauffman nose-hits it out. With only 2 rocks left to throw, Violette shakes.

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