A hastily composed team nearly made Swift Current Curling Club history at the Tim Hortons Provincial Mixed Curling Championship in Watrous over the weekend.
The Shaun Meachem rink, which also included third Teejay Haichert, second Chris Haichert, and lead Janelle Tyler, won six of eight games as they attempted to become the Swift Current Curling Club’s first mixed provincial champions in the event’s 49-year history.
They defeated Langenburg’s Jeff Hartung once in the A-B Page Playoff to advance to the championship game but lost the rematch 12-4 in six ends. Hartung scored three in the first end and four in the fifth and sixth ends to dispose of Meachem on Sunday afternoon.
The Meachem foursome only got together on Feb. 25-26 when they played five games at Region 1 Playdowns to advance to provincials and finished the season with only 13 games together as a team.
“Yeah we would have liked to have finished the weekend off,” said Meachem. “But for a team that has never really played together before, we sort of just entered our team to defend our zone more than anything. We had some out of town teams coming in trying to scoop up our spot out of our region so we were just kind of protecting the home turf. We were pretty excited to go as far as we did. We were curling with some pretty world-class curlers so I know everybody would have liked to have been able to finish off the weekend but it was a good run nonetheless.”
The Meachem rink opened the tournament Wednesday with a 10-5 win over Melfort’s Cory Spanier.
Thursday morning, they advanced to the A Event semifinal with a 10-2 win over Prince Albert’s Clifford McBeath in seven ends before being dropped to the B Event with a 6-5 loss to Moose Jaw’s Steven Slupski.
The Meachem rink opened the B Event on Friday afternoon with a 10-6 win over defending provincial and national champion Jason Ackerman, whose Kronau rink featured 2011 Scotties champion Amber Holland.
Meachem advanced through the B Event semifinal with a 5-1win over Assiniboia’s Glenn Batty.
They booked a place in the Page Playoff with a 6-5 win over Saskatoon Nutana’s Shawn Joyce in the B Event Final on Saturday morning.
Meachem stole one in the 10th end for a 7-6 win over Hartung in the A-B Page Playoff to book a spot in Sunday’s championship game.