Jim Gordon's rink managed a rare eight-ender during recent action at the Abbotsford Curling Club.

Jim Gordon's rink managed a rare eight-ender during recent action at the Abbotsford Curling Club.

Rock Talk: Gordon rink notches rare eight-ender

For some strange and inexplicable reason when the cosmos is in perfect symmetry, events occur which defy logic.

by Jim Anderson

Rock Talk columnist

For some strange and inexplicable reason when the cosmos is in perfect symmetry, events occur which defy logic.

In golf, these are called “holes-in-one.” In curling they are called “eight-enders.”

On Oct. 5, Jupiter apparently aligned with Mars and a rink, ostensibly skipped by Jim Gordon, achieved this milestone. Mr. Gordon actually throws second rocks but has what must be considered a Nedohin-Ferbyesque touch of strategic brilliance. Rick Lang throws last rocks, Pat Sapielak third, and Mr. Gordon’s better half Hylda, lead, completes the lineup.

The opposition, who shall remain anonymous for obvious reasons, also had four rocks in the house, albeit in the 12-foot. Rhetorical question: Did anyone consider throwing a takeout?

In masters bonspiel play at Chilliwack, wily veteran Charley Lindsay skipped his team of Jerry Wallace, Jack Turner and Gary Snowden to a first place showing, with a 4-1 record. Lindsay’s philosophy, which paid off once again, is get one in there and guard the doo-doo out of it. This man is a curling genius. Other Abbotsford rinks included Jim Hambly, who finished fifth, and John Munro and Gordy Lamb, who finished.