The round robin portion of the 2011 World Financial Group Canadian Senior Men and Women’s Championships in Digby, NS has ended and the playoff rounds have been determined.
In the men’s section, Manitoba’s Kelly Robertson finished the round robin at 10-1 with a 9-6 win over NL’s Jeff Thomas. Robertson and his Neepawa CC team advance to Saturday’s final at 1:00 pm (EST). The loss was costly to Thomas as he dropped to a three way tie with Alberta’s Brad Hannah and Saskatchewan’s Brad Heidt. All three teams finished with records of 7-4. Heidt defeated NS’s Scott Saunders 8-4 to make the tie-breaker.
Because Alberta defeated both NL and SK in the round robin, they advance to the semi final Friday night at 6:30 pm (EST). Their opponent in that game will emerge from a Friday afternoon tie breaking game between Heidt and Thomas. That game will be played at 1:30 pm (EST).
In the women’s division, Ontario’s Joyce Potter defeated a stubborn Sandy Penkala of the NWT/YT 7-4 to earn the bye to the final. The women’s final will also be played Saturday at 1:00 pm (EST). Potter and NB’s Heidi Hanlon both finished at 9-2 but Potter had beaten Hanlon in the round robin.
Saskatchewan avoided a mess of tie-breakers by grabbing two in the 10th end to defeat Nancy Delahunt of NS 5-4. Had SK lost that game, NS and AB would have made tie-breakers for the third and final playoff spot.
Delores Syrota advances to the semi final Friday at 6:30 pm (EST) against Hanlon.