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TOO CLOSE TO CALL – Greg Thom and Corinne Delaire measure for shot rock during a round robin game at the Yukon Mixed Doubles Championship on Saturday.

Mixed doubles event goes down to wire

It took a tiebreaker to decide, but two familiar curling faces again finished on top last weekend.

By Whitehorse Star on December 10, 2015

It took a tiebreaker to decide, but two familiar curling faces again finished on top last weekend.

Three teams competed in the Yukon Mixed Doubles Championship held at the Whitehorse Curling Club Dec. 5 and 6.

But when the brooms were put away, it was once again Bob and Jody Smallwood in the winner’s circle.

The couple will represent the territory for the fourth straight year at the Canadian Mixed Doubles Curling Championship next March in Saskatoon.

The Smallwoods beat out Herb Balsam and Corinne Delaire 11-2 in a tournament tiebreaker late Sunday night at the Whitehorse Curling Club.

The longtime rivals shook hands after six ends.

The Balsam duo has finished second to Smallwood the last four years.

Balsam and Delaire got off to a quick start this year, edging Smallwood 6-5 for their first win of the double round-robin playdowns.

But the Smallwoods came all the way back to beat Balsam 8-2 in the final game Sunday to force a tiebreaker.

Both teams finished the round robin with 3-1 records.

Originally, the event was to be hosted in Atlin, but the B.C. club gave way to Whitehorse over ice concerns.

Greg and Charmaine Thom also participated in the mixed doubles event for the first time, finishing 0-4.

Thom recently returned from the 2015 Travelers Curling Club Championships in Ottawa, where he served as third for Jim Sias.

The Sias rink made the playoffs, but were eliminated in the quarter-finals.

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