Eight Ends is your each day one-stop store for all issues curling with information, notes, perception and evaluation via the 2022 Winter Olympic Video games in Beijing, damaged slider and all.
First Finish: Canada confronted a good turnaround competing in back-to-back attracts however was capable of take two wins and make a factor go proper. Rachel Homan and John Morris topped Switzerland’s Jenny Perret and Martin Rios 7-5 then defeated China’s SuYuan Fan and Zhi Ling 8-6 on Friday. After dropping their first sport to Nice Britain, Homan and Morris at the moment are rolling alongside. Three convincing wins would usually sign a staff’s on fireplace (boom-shaka-laka) however this can be a nine-game round-robin and there is nonetheless loads of curling to return. Nonetheless, they’re heating up, bettering sport after sport and looking out extra dialed in. Not even a malfunction together with her slider shoe may gradual Homan down.
Second Finish: Though Perret and Rios began with the hammer, Homan and Morris struck the scoreboard first stealing three factors within the opening finish and by no means relinquished the lead. It was a dreadful begin because the Swiss missed the mark on all 5 photographs with Perret’s final rock crusing heavy previous a sea of crimson rocks.
Third Finish: With Canada forward 6-4 within the seventh, Morris and Homan had been seeking to both rating two or hand Switzerland a steal. I do know what you’re pondering however giving your opponent some extent isn’t as loopy because it sounds. Scoreboard administration dictates that decision. Though that might have made it 6-5, protecting the last-rock benefit plus the ability play for the ultimate body would have made it extraordinarily laborious for Switzerland to steal the victory that manner.
Homan and Morris had been in an equivalent state of affairs in opposition to China, up 6-4 with the hammer within the seventh and the ability play within the financial institution, however had been capable of rating a deuce that point and left their opponents with no probability to tie it within the eighth.
Fourth Finish: Though Canada needed to accept a single within the seventh in opposition to Switzerland and take a 7-4 lead into the ultimate body, that cued flashbacks of the 2017 world combined doubles championship last. Perret and Rios scored 4 factors within the eighth to upend Canada’s Joanne Courtney and Reid Carruthers 6-5 for the title. Historical past didn’t repeat. It appeared like Switzerland might need a shot to attain the equalizing three factors, however they wrecked it for only one level. As Ice Dice, the rapper not the venue, as soon as stated: Examine your self earlier than you wreck your self.
Fifth Finish: Simply throw it away. We noticed it occur twice through the Canada vs. China sport, as soon as by every staff, with crowded clusters of rocks within the four-foot circle. Like giving your opponent factors, it might sound unusual to first-time viewers to see a staff toss away their final rock however it’s a sound technique when the chance outweighs the reward.
Sixth Finish: The Opening Ceremony see a number of curlers carrying their nations’ flags with John Shuster for the US, Eve Muirhead for Nice Britain and Madeleine Dupont for Denmark. Why hasn’t a roller carried the Canadian flag? Not simply this yr however ever? That’s to not take something away from Marie-Philip Poulin (hockey), Charles Hamelin (short-track speedskating) — each are worthy of the honour — however contemplating Canada prides itself as a curling nation it’s fairly odd not a single roller has ever carried the flag for the Opening Ceremony. Oh properly, possibly a roller shall be thought-about for the Closing Ceremony.
Seventh Finish: Forza! Italy stays atop of the desk, and undefeated no much less at 4-0, defeating Norway 11-8 in a high-offence affair throughout draw 5 after which cruising within the driver’s seat previous the Czech Republic 10-2 in Draw 6.
Australia (0-5) nearly upset Nice Britain through the sixth session having a shot to win within the eighth finish however needed to accept an equalizing two factors to power the additional. Nice Britain (3-1) prevailed 9-8 to keep away from back-to-back losses. An analogous state of affairs unfolded between Sweden and the US. This time it was favoured Sweden seeking to rating three for the win within the eighth however solely getting two and the underdog American staff got here out on high 8-7 within the additional. Sweden dropped to a 3-2 document whereas the U.S. is batting .500 once more at 2-2.
Eighth Finish: We’re simply flying alongside right here and crossing the halfway mark of round-robin play. Canada takes on Sweden throughout Draw 8 (Saturday, 1:05 a.m. ET) adopted by the US in Draw 9 (Saturday, 7:05 a.m. ET). Homan and Morris must be thought-about the favorite now in each matches, particularly after Sweden fell quick in opposition to the U.S.
In the meantime, Italy would be the heavy favorite in opposition to Australia in Draw 8, however keep watch over the matchup in opposition to Nice Britain throughout Draw 9 as that shall be a tricky one to maintain the unblemished document intact (except Australia pulls off the upset first, in fact).