It’s a grand ole time in Waterloo

The Home Hardware Masters of curling got under way in Waterloo, Ontario at the Waterloo Rec Complex last night. This is the first grand slam event of the 2006 – 07 season, and the for the first time all round robin games will only be eight ends. Draw one action saw money leader Kerry Burtnyk defeat defending Brier champion Jean Michel-Menard by a score of 6 – 4.  Glenn Howard beat provincial rival Wayne Middaugh by a score of 4 – 3. Middaugh could have sent the game to extra ends with an open hit for two but his shooter rolled too far, leaving him with a single point.

Scotland’s Tom Brewster showed no signs of jet lag as he posted a 7 – 3 victory over John Base. Brad Gushue got things off to a good start by beating Shawn Adams by a score of 6 – 3.Â

The schedule game between Pete Fenson and Jeff Stoughton was delayed when Pete and the boys were grounded due to inclement weather.

Interesting to note that the team that started the game with the hammer won three of the four games last night. Therefore, having last rock to start the game appears to be extremely important with the games being only eight ends. It will be interesting to see if this trend continues throughout the week.

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