Safeway Championship update: defending champ Fowler eliminated; Grassie off to final


Rob Fowler's hopes of becoming a back-to-back provincial men's curling champion were dashed on Saturday night in Neepawa.

The Brandon product and his team lost in six ends to Mike McEwen of Fort Rouge by a score of 8-1 in the 3 vs 4 page playoff game (Draw 15).

McEwen controlled the game from start to finish, scoring a deuce in the first end and continuing on to steal a single in the second and three in the third.

Fowler blanked the fourth end and was forced to draw against three to score one in the fifth. McEwen scored his deuce in the sixth resulting in the two teams shaking hands.

Meanwhile, Sean Grassie of Deer Lodge pulled off a big win against Jeff Stoughton of Charleswood, defeating the No. 1 seed by a score of 6-5 in 10 ends in the 1 vs 2 page playoff game. With the win, Grassie advances to the championship final on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

McEwen will play Stoughton in the semifinal tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m. for a chance to play in the final against Grassie.

Grassie named all-star skip

The Safeway Championship all-star awards were announced on Saturday night. Grassie was named the all-star skip, while Jon Mead from Team Stoughton was named the all-star third.

Kody Janzen from Team Grassie was honoured as the top second at the event, while Mark Nichols of Team Stoughton was named the all-star lead.

To follow tonight's action, click here for live results or watch the games live on Sportsnet.