For people who Lorne Jackson didn’t mind losing to, Tim Warkentin is pretty high on the list.
Jackson skipped his Fort Frances rink of third Derek Jackson, second Mark Pederson, and lead Todd Moxham to a second-place finish at the Travelers Curling Club Region 1 playdowns in Keewatin over the weekend.
Needing to beat Warkentin on Sunday to force a tie-breaker, Jackson coughed up a three-spot in the first en route to a 6-3 loss to finish with a 2-2 record.
Warkentin went 4-0 to qualify for the Travelers Curling Club provincial championship March 30-April 2 in North Bay.
“We played against each other for many, many years when we were both trying to make it to the Brier,” Jackson said about his association with Warkentin.
“We’re old friends.”
Jackson tried to claw back into the game after the early deficit, with his best chance coming in the sixth end with Warkentin up 4-2.
“We were looking really good to steal two and tie it up, but my last rock ran straight for whatever reason,” he recalled.
“He made a wonderful shot with a double take-out and rolling in for the single point that he got on a measurement,” Jackson added.
“We knew then it probably wasn’t our day.”
Jackson swept his two games with Kenora’s Kevin Brown by scores of 8-6 and 6-2, but lost 8-7 in an extra end to Warkentin the first time they met.
‘The team curled well and adjusted to the ice well,” Jackson said.
“But [Warkentin] was on his game and had the ice figured out since it’s his home club,” he noted.
“He had a few breaks go his way and we had most not go our way.”