Edmonton's Laura Walker and Kirk Muyres defeated Taylor Reese-Hansen and Corey Chester of Victoria 7-6 in Sunday's Final at the Beaumont Curling Club.
The Alberta Curling Series hosts ten events this season across mixed doubles, men's, and women's curling disciplnes providing the building block for competitive curling teams of all abilities as they compete and develop their skills in the sport of curling.
The series grew out of the demand for Alberta-based events for teams who don't have significant sponsorship and the events all hosted in Beaumont provide a lower cost oppoirtuity for teams to earn valuable CTRS and World-Ranking points.
Walker/Muyres take home the $1,800CDN first place cheque along with 18.750 world ranking points, while Reese-Hansen/Chester receives $1,250CDN and 13.750 world ranking points for their second place finish.
Reese-Hansen/Chester opened the scoring stealing 1 in the first end, with Walker/Muyres coming back with two points in the second end.
Reese-Hansen/Chester evened the score a single in the third end, then forced Walker/Muyres to a single in the fourth end.
The game was a seesaw battle, with Reese-Hansen/Chester scoring two points to take the lead back in the fifth end, followed by Walker/Muyres scoring three in the sixth end to jump out to a 6-4 lead.
Reese-Hansen/Chester scored 2 in the seventh end to the even the score into the final end where Walker/Muyres scored a single in the eighth end for the 7-6 win.
Both teams are having great seasons, with Walker/Muyres record on the season sitting at 20-6 while the loss on Sunday was only the fourth of the season against 20 victories. The win for Walker/Muyres is their first title of the season, having reached the final of the Mixed Doubles Super Series in Sherwood Park, then semifinals in Chilliwack and Moose Jaw Super Series events.
Reese/Hansen won the Victoria Mixed Doubles in September and also reached the semifinals at the Mixed Doubles Super Series in Chilliwack. Chester reached the final of the Parksville Double Doubles Spiel with Hannah Durrant filling in for Reese-Hansen who was competing with her fours team.
The teams met once previously, with Walker/Muyres winning 11-3 in round-robin play at the Mixed Doubles Super Series in Chilliwack.
In the semifinals, Walker/Muyres stole four in the third end en-route to an 8-4 win over Anna Munroe and Steven Leong of Edmonton while Reese-Hansen/Chester overcame a steal of two in the first end and a 5-2 deficit after 4 ends tp win 7-5 over Taylor Anderson and Ben Richardson of Chaska, Minnesota.
In the quarterfinals, Walker/Muyres defeated Margot Flemming and Jamie Koe of Yellowknife 9-2, while Munroe/Leong defeated Ashley Kalk and Craig MacAlpine (Edmonton) 6-5. Anderson/Richardson won 9-1 over Edmonton's Selena Sturmay and Kyler Kleibrink 9-1, and Reese-Hansen/Chester defeated Homan/Tardi 6-5.
Walker/Muyres finished 3-0 in the 20-team qualifying round. In their opening game, Walker/Muyres defeated Roxie Trembath/Scott McCamis (Winnipeg, MB) 9-7, then won 9-5 against Brittany Tran/Bradley Thiessen (Airdrie, AB). and 8-4 against Jessica Wytrychowski/Michael Dumont (Calgary, AB) in their final qualifying round match.