Men's Western Regional - Draw 3

Draw 3. Friday January 6, 2012 7:00 pm PST

Sheet 1 - Game D31 - Complete
Pleasants 3.600* 1   3 4                
Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Johnson 73.000*     2   5   6     7    
  1. Official Joel Russ looking very fine in his upscale waiter finery, including hand-tied bow tie the buzzer sounds to start the game. After lead stones, Johnson has a rock partially behind cover at the back of the 4-foot and then freezes to is with their first second stone. Two red (Johnso) stones out front, with two stones in the 4ft (one red, one blue. Looks liek the red at the back of the button is shot and both teams are playing as if it is. 4ft is cleared out through 3 shots, Pleasants sitting 1 and 2. First skip stone, hit roll for the double, missed the doube and Brady's shot slides out the back. Attempt to draw misses, brady draws slightly under cover at the back of the 4ft. hack weight hit for two is the call
  2. Center and corner guards up, blue at the back of the 4ft, Johnson comes around for the freeze. rockends up short of shot, in the 8ft. Another blue stone in the back 12ft for Pleasants, Johhnson responds with a corner freeze to the blue at the back of the 4ft. Beautiful shot by Leon (Team Johnson) to push the blue out of the 4ft and roll behind cover to the back of the button. Start of Skips stones - Chris's first. Johnson sits 3 with lots of garbage at the back of the house. Chris picks one out to sit second shot. Mistake by Brady opens up the shot rock for a freeze or a hit. Looks like a hack weight hit - finds the guard to push the red into the blue and Johnson sits 3 with their final rock to come. Final rock voer curls and rather than taking 4, Team Johnson takes 3
  3. Johnson lead rocks (red) in the house, Pleasants (blue) responds with a high guard and then the come-around the rubs off the red in the 12ft. Johnson now sitting 3, with two behind cover (top 12 and back 4, Pleasants responds with a draw to the top 4, but up for the hit. While watching sheet two, Pleasants somehow slipped a blue rock behind cover at the back of the button to sit one. Johnson's drawing through a tight port to setup the rest of the end. Hell of a shot by Pleasants to draw into the button and sit two with skips stones to come. Brady's first stone hangs out there and while opening things up, Pleasants still sits two and guards his rocks to prevent the runback. Brady goes for the off-in, makes it, chipping out one of the blue to sit second shot. Blue sits one at the back of the button, maybe a raise on the center guard, but it's dangerous. Chris makes it with perfect weight and line - raising his guard to catch the red at the edge of the button, pushing it out to take two and tie the game
  4. Chris is in trouble are the words next to me. Johnson has two frozen in the top 8, behind cover. An attempt to corner freeze comes up short, so Brady's hitting and rolling. Result is wrecking on the guard, so Pleasants tries again and misses. brady puts the guard back up. Chris looks to peel, no he's running back the guard to break up the frozen rocks and sit 1 and 3! Great Shot. Darren draws into the button, hoping for the jam, but Chris picks it out, so Darren replaces it, putting it into the back 4ft. Chris first stone is to pick that rock out and roll behind cover, which Chris executes perfectly. Brady responds by tapping it out, but Chris can just follow him down, which he does, with a perfect roll to make the double hard. Bradys tries for the double, but just misses (we all thoguht he had it until he didn't) to give up one!
  5. Center guard, come- around hit, come around. Red sits slightly behind cover with two rock in the house., Pleasants came in, Brady hit. Pleasants throws a double, but misses, slipping through the hole and leaving Johnson sitting 2. Leon's draw comes up short, opening up the opportunity for Pleasonats to take a shot at the double on the other side. They miss the double, but get one and roll out. Johnson sits 1. Darren stands at the hog line, wondering how he missed the split so badly. A chance for Pleasants - they squeak by their guard to peel out the red guard, but Brady comes around to the 8ft, not quite a guard and not quite a freeze. Chris' first shot - throwing the hit to clear out the 4 ft, but he leaves one around for shot and sits open for the hit. Looking like two for Brady...he makes the open hit and we all realize that there's a red rock at the back of the house! Brady's sitting 3 not 2!
    Chris' final stone freezes to the hidden stone at the back, and now Brady's sitting 1
    Final red stone comes up a bit shot and Brady takes 2 into the 5th end break
  6. center and corner guard, with a red on the button. Red now sits with two in the house behind cover and thrid stones being thrown. High guard just slips over the hog line
    Chris tries the runback, but misses, so Brady puts up another guard, filling the hole and taking away any runbacks
    Chris tries for the double peels, but leaves the red on the center line, so Brady throws another guard. Chris throws the double peel, but sticks around, Brady puts the guard back and Chris is going to try the runback double facing two in the house...nope - two red
  7. First rock in the house, blue pushes it back to the back of the house and sticks around (?) on the opposite side. Red rock on the button, followed by a blue rock the almost freezes, but it's enough for Leon to chip it out. Now the draw to the top 12 and it's chipped out again. High guard (I seem to remember a professional commentator calling such a shot useless :-) and Brady peels it out. Red's sitting two, but Chris takes one out, only to see it replaced by another one in the top 12. Chris thows at the one on the button, but flashes and Brady responds with another rock into the 4 ft. Chris trys for the double, but one rock sticks around and Brady's throwing at the blue rock on the edge of the 12. All of a sudden, Brady's sitting 3 and Chris's draw is heavy and their shaking hands! Team Johnson wins!
Sheet 2 - Game D32 - Complete
Guzman 30.100* 1 3 4 8                
Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Beighton   2   5   6 7   9        
  1. Just about to get under way. El Guz has finished his pre-game beer and is ready to rock! Official Joel Russ looking very fine in his upscale waiter finery, including hand-tied bow tie the busser sounds to start the game. Keeping it clean through the first 4 stones, teams exchanging hits. Still keeping it clean , first skip stone. Trying to hide behind a skinny corner, but it hangs out at the back. Open hit for a blank, missed, blue takes one
  2. Still playing the hitting game, teams exchanging hits. Boring! Keeping one rock in play! Crowd doesn't like to call to peel the guard, but it works. Final skip stone misses the rollout, sticks around for 1
  3. two red rocks frozen partially behind cover in the back of the 4ft, with a third about to follow. Great shot. Guard is peeled, replacement guard goes deep for a potential quad! Hot shot take sout 2, but two remain.
    Lots of hits happening, now Beighton sits two with a couple of rocks in the top 12. Final skip stone draws in for shot and one
  4. couple of rocks (one red, one blue) at the top of the twelve foot, but the hitting continues. The crowd in the bar is unhappy with the strategy being displayed
    Oh Look, no rocks in play on sheet 2!
    Focus on the game on sheet 1, but there's now 3 rocks in play, with one guard, one draw and one hanging out at the back of the house, out of the house. El Guz hits the lone red to become the lone blue and is joined by a red Beighton stone which sits on the button for shot. Hit and roll leave two blue with Beighton's final shot a draw that slips a little far - they're looking hard and getting the measuring device - one blue for the steal!
  5. Hard to keep track of this game with the excellent curling on sheet one, but their' playing hard with a couple of guards and one on the 8ft. Guzman attempts to chip out Beightons's shot rock in the 8ft, but wrecks on the guard. Beighton follows with a great split to hide behind cover and in front of the blue at the back. Guzman peels the guard, Beighton corner freezes to their shot at the back with Guzman cleans out with a great takeout. Red sitting one. Beighton makes the nice draw to split the house, so El Guz is hitting away...and replaces the red rock with a blue one. Beighton replaces that blue with a red, rolling away from the other red to sit two. El Guz hits and Beighton has the open hit for 2, which he makes
  6. Starting up again after the 5th end break - but your commentator needs a break as well. Substitute commentator here. Blue has one just full 12 on the right with a red at back right 12. Andrew hitting it leaving red biting the 12. Benj is going to hit Andrew's stone. Spectators do not like this strategy and want a draw. Benj hits and rolls out. Sean's having Andrew draw in behind cover on the left. It's slick there...Andrew draws nearly to the pin uncovered. Benj is drawing to it but comes up short. Sean's going to throw quiet weight at it and get to the inside. Hits and rolls nicely. Thanks April!
    Big hit here - hanging out there ("a drive by") for a miss and Beighton sits shot and maybe two
    Throwing the guard nicely - trying the runback with their corner guard. Big weight, and just missed getting the red on the button - is it one or two? It;'s two!
  7. hit, hit, hit, lone blue in the 4ft, now two.
    Beighton attempts the double, get a piece of the second stone, but it sits around at the back of the house. Gaurd attempted ( or a draw, but it's hack weight and slides through the back, just touching the rock at the back. Somethign happened (too busy watching sheet one) but Beighton throws a nice double on sheet two and the house is empty, until Guzman throws the draw, which is hit out of the house, emptying it once again. Guard? followed by a peeL? No, it's a draw, followed by the flash and red steals one.
  8. Guzman throws up a couple of corner guards and Beighton puts two in the house, followed by a beautiful double to take out the two guards, leaving a red corner. Guzman hits, red responds with a hit of their own and Guz draws around the corner guard (not quite around it). Andrew throws the runback, splitting the house and leaving El Gux no cover. No guards now, one lone blue in the 4ft, with two reds to the right and one the the left. Whatever El Guz was calling didn't happen and the open hit for a double it there and it's made with authority. Open draw for one, working hard to get it in, but it's there for one
  9. Just one sheet to focus on, so it should be easier to keep track of what's happening. El Guz needs to steal or at least hold beighton to 1. Back from a bio break - missed some shots, but red's sitting 3 with two at the top of the 12ft and one hanging around at the back. El Guz tries to draw in, but comes up short with a center guard which Andrew peels. But wait! The rocks move around and Team beighton moves a rock that was in play out of play! It's replaced and red sits three with a blue frozen to the red in the top 12. The second draw attempt comes up short again and the discussion starts for Beighton, what to do? Timeout's been called and Joel's out there iwth his stopwatch. Looks like the draw is the call and the final thrid stone comes up short (after some vigerous sweeping) to fill the hole. Now the runback with first skip's stone - gets too much of the rock and the raised rock slides past the shot rock to the back of the 12ft. Team beighton's going for the kill and it's looking difficult for El Guz. Don't see how they can get one or keep Beighton from taking two. Guard goes up, but it's high and inside, so the raise might be there. they go for the off-in and miss. Looks like the tap for two.
    Rock's away and the sweeper jump on it - line looks perfect and the tap is there for two.
  10. Red's keeping it clean, throwing their first rock through the house. Blue follows with the guard attempt, but it's hogged and someone owes someone a pitcher of beer. hands at being shaken and Beighton has the victory!

Thanks Jim for the commentary!


*Last Stone Draw (LSD) in inches.  Lowest score gets hammer/choice in first end.

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