2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en Canadian Curling Association Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:04:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.6.1 Awards announced at the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/2014/03/30/awards-announced-at-the-2014-canadian-senior-curling-championships/ http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/2014/03/30/awards-announced-at-the-2014-canadian-senior-curling-championships/#comments Sun, 30 Mar 2014 18:25:08 +0000 Jean Mills http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/?p=583 The awards were given out on Saturday at the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships in Yellowknife after the championship finals, which were won by Nova Scotia’s Alan O’Leary (men) and Manitoba’s Lois Fowler (women).

First Team All-Stars (Women)

Lead Karen Ruus (Alberta, 83%)
Second Colleen Madonia (Ontario, 80%)
Third DondaLee Deis (Saskatchewan, 78%)
Skip Marilyn Bodogh (Ontario, 76%)

2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships First Team All-Stars: skip Marilyn Bodogh (ON), third DondaLee Deis (SK), second Colleen Madonia (ON), lead Karen Ruus (AB) (Photo James MacKenzie)

2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships First Team All-Stars: skip Marilyn Bodogh (ON), third DondaLee Deis (SK), second Colleen Madonia (ON), lead Karen Ruus (AB) (Photo James MacKenzie)

Second Team All-Stars (Women)

Lead Jane Hooper-Perroud (Ontario, 80%)
Second Shelley MacNutt (Nova Scotia, 78%)
Third Marg McLaughlin (Northern Ontario, 76%)
Skip Heidi Hanlon (New Brunswick, 74%)

2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championship Second Team All-Stars: skip Heidi Hanlon (NB), third Marg McLaughlin (NO), second Shelley MacNutt (NS), lead Jane Hooper-Perroud (ON) (Photo James MacKenzie)

2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championship Second Team All-Stars: skip Heidi Hanlon (NB), third Marg McLaughlin (NO), second Shelley MacNutt (NS), lead Jane Hooper-Perroud (ON) (Photo James MacKenzie)

First Team All-Stars (Men)

Lead Del Shaughnessy (Alberta, 88%)
Second Rob Bucholz (Alberta, 84%)
Third Kurt Balderston (Alberta, 88%)
Skip Alan O’Leary (Nova Scotia, 81%)

2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships First Team All-Stars: skip Alan O'Leary (NS), third Kurt Balderston (AB), second Rob Bucholz (AB), Del Shaughnessy (AB) (Photo James MacKenzie)

2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships First Team All-Stars: skip Alan O’Leary (NS), third Kurt Balderston (AB), second Rob Bucholz (AB), Del Shaughnessy (AB) (Photo James MacKenzie)

Second Team All-Stars (Men)

Lead Harold McCarthy (Nova Scotia, 84%)
Second Dion Dumontelle (Northern Ontario, 79%)
Third Ron Henderson (Northern Ontario, 80%)
Skip Kelly Robertson (Manitoba, 80%)

2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships Second Team All-Stars: skip Kelly Robertson (MB), third Ron Henderson (NO), second Dion Dumontelle (NO), lead Harold McCarthy (NS) (Photo James MacKenzie)

2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships Second Team All-Stars: skip Kelly Robertson (MB), third Ron Henderson (NO), second Dion Dumontelle (NO), lead Harold McCarthy (NS) (Photo James MacKenzie)

Sportsmanship – Men

Doug Hong, Northern Ontario

Sportsmanship – Women

Catherine Derick, Quebec

2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships Sportsmanship Awards: Doug Hong (NO) and Catherine Derick (QC) (Photo James MacKenzie)

2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships Sportsmanship Awards: Doug Hong (NO) and Catherine Derick (QC) (Photo James MacKenzie)

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Manitoba women, Nova Scotia men claim Canadian Seniors titles http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/2014/03/29/manitoba-women-nova-scotia-men-claim-canadian-seniors-titles/ http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/2014/03/29/manitoba-women-nova-scotia-men-claim-canadian-seniors-titles/#comments Sun, 30 Mar 2014 00:57:29 +0000 Jean Mills http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/?p=574 Manitoba, skipped by Lois Fowler of Brandon, and Nova Scotia, directed by Alan O’Leary of Halifax, won their respective Canadian Senior Curling Championship titles Saturday at Yellowknife, N.W.T.

Manitoba defeated Saskatchewan (Lorraine Arguin of Moose Jaw), 5-1 while Nova Scotia edged Manitoba (Kelly Robertson of Neepawa), 9-8.

For O’Leary, it was the first win in Canadian senior men’s history for his province since the championship began in 1965, while Fowler was notching just a second title since 1973 for Manitoba, following Mabel Mitchell’s win in 1983.

Team Manitoba, 2014 Canadian Senior Women's Curling Champions: skip Lois Fowler, third Maureen Bonar, second Cathy Gauthier, lead Allyson Stewart (Photo James MacKenzie)

Team Manitoba, 2014 Canadian Senior Women’s Curling Champions: skip Lois Fowler, third Maureen Bonar, second Cathy Gauthier, lead Allyson Stewart (Photo James MacKenzie)

The women’s final was a defensive battle from the outset, with the first three ends blanked before Fowler took one in the fourth to finally break the ice. Arguin then blanked the fifth and sixth ends before settling for one in the seventh to tie the game.

However, Fowler broke it open in the eighth end, counting three for a commanding 4-1 lead, then stole one in the ninth to seal the deal, running Saskatchewan out of rocks in the 10th end for a 5-1 final.

Fowler and her team of Maureen Bonar, Cathy Gauthier and Allyson Stewart had finished the round robin tied for first place with Saskatchewan, both with sparkling 10-1 records, but had advanced directly to the final by virtue of their 8-6 round robin win.

Fowler, who twice had finished third at the Canadian Seniors in 2009 and 2013, is also a veteran Scotties Tournament of Hearts competitor, and was runner-up to Sandra Schmirler in 1993, when playing third for Bonar, losing an extra end final at home.

“It feels incredible,” said Fowler. “Maureen and I lost the Canadian final in 1993 against Sandra Schmirler and today we were up against another tough Saskatchewan team. It’s totally a dream come true, let me tell you. We are just elated. We knew we had a good team (coming into the event).

“I called Maureen and asked if she was interested in playing Seniors. We’d had a lot of success together. Cathy and Ally are good friends. And it just all worked out.

“It was a good game. She (Arguin) didn’t go after us and we didn’t go after her for the first few ends. But then I made a runback double in the eighth end to get our three. I’m just in a cloud right now, on top of the world.”

Arguin, along with teammates DondaLee Deis, Shelly Urquhart and Connie Fritzler representing the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre, had advanced to the final after beating Ontario’s two-time women’s world champion, Marilyn Bodogh, 7-4 in Friday’s semifinal.

The men’s final was a complete contrast to the women’s, as both teams duked it out from the start, trading deuces in the first two ends, before O’Leary was able to count one in the third, then steal a single in the fourth to go up 4-2.

Robertson, the 2011 Canadian Seniors champion and 2012 World Seniors silver medallist, responded with a deuce in the fifth end to knot the affair at four before O’Leary returned the favour, taking his own pair in the sixth for a 6-4 lead.

However, Robertson countered with a huge three in the seventh for a 7-6 advantage, his first lead of the game. O’Leary, who skipped Nova Scotia in the 1993 and 1994 Briers and had also finished fifth last year in the Canadian Seniors at Summerside, P.E.I., was only able to muster a single in the eighth end to tie the game at seven.

Manitoba, though, was forced to one in the ninth end to take an 8-7 lead, before Nova Scotia counted two in the 10th end to claim its first Canadian Senior men’s title.

Team Nova Scotia, the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Champions: skip Alan O'Leary, third Andrew Dauphinee, second Danny Christianson, lead Harold McCarthy (Photo James MacKenzie)

Team Nova Scotia, the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Champions: skip Alan O’Leary, third Andrew Dauphinee, second Danny Christianson, lead Harold McCarthy (Photo James MacKenzie)

O’Leary, along with teammates Andrew Dauphinee, Danny Christianson and Harold McCarthy of the Halifax Mayflower Curling Club, and Manitoba had completed the round robin with 9-2 marks. But the ‘Bluenosers’ were accorded first place and a bye to the final for their 9-7 round robin win.

Manitoba’s Robertson then won the semifinal Friday over Northern Ontario’s Robbie Gordon, 10-8 to advance to Saturday’s final.

“I had to draw the four-foot to win,” said O’Leary, about the 10th end heroics. “Part of our success, I think, came last year when we got to see (Nova Scotia’s) Colleen Pinkney win for the women. That was exciting.

“We went right at it. You don’t get to too many of these (finals). We knew we couldn’t run or hide from Manitoba. They were playing aggressive as well. We had to play our best. They were a great team. It was a lot of fun to play in the final. I screwed up a few times during the game, but the boys came through in the 10th for me and we pulled it out.

“Oh, my God, I’m getting choked up just thinking about it (representing Canada next year at the World Seniors),” continued O’Leary. “The camaraderie amongst all the players, men and women, is great. Another banner to hang in the Mayflower, I guess.”

It was the first time that the City of Yellowknife and the Northwest Territories had hosted a Canadian curling championship.

As the winners, the Fowler and O’Leary teams will represent Canada at next year’s World Seniors, at a site and date still to be announced by the World Curling Federation.

Last year’s Canadian Seniors champions, Colleen Pinkney of Truro, N.S. and Wayne Tallon of Fredericton, N.B., will wear Canada’s colours in the 2014 World Seniors, April 23-30 in Dumfries, Scotland.

Story by Jeff Timson

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Teams set for Seniors Finals in Yellowknife http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/2014/03/29/teams-set-for-seniors-finals-in-yellowknife/ http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/2014/03/29/teams-set-for-seniors-finals-in-yellowknife/#comments Sat, 29 Mar 2014 13:08:54 +0000 Jean Mills http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/?p=565 The teams are set for the finals of the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships taking place in Yellowknife, N.W.T., and both Manitoba men’s and women’s teams will be playing for gold.

Lois Fowler and her team of Maureen Bonar, Cathy Gauthier and Allyson Stewart from the Brandon Curling Club finished the round robin in first place and moved directly into the final. She will meet Saskatchewan’s Lorraine Arguin, DondaLee Deis, Shelly Urquhart and Connie Fritzler of the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre, who won 7-4 over Ontario’s Marilyn Bodogh in Friday’s semifinal.

On the men’s side, Manitoba’s Kelly Robertson, Doug Armour, Peter Prokopowich and Bob Scales won their semifinal over Northern Ontario’s Robbie Gordon 10-8 to advance to the final against Nova Scotia’s Alan O’Leary, Andrew Dauphinee, Danny Christianson and Harold McCarthy of the Mayflower Curling Club in Halifax.

The finals take place at 2:30 p.m. MT (4:30 p.m. ET) at the Yellowknife Arena. Live scoring can be found here.

Manitoba skip Lois Fowler in action at the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships in Yellowknife, N.W.T. (Photo James MacKenzie)

Manitoba skip Lois Fowler in action at the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships in Yellowknife, N.W.T. (Photo James MacKenzie)

The winners of the 2014 Canadian Seniors will represent Canada at the 2015 World Senior Curling Championships, at a site and date to be announced by the World Curling Federation. Last year’s Canadian champions, skipped by Colleen Pinkney of Truro, N.S., and Wayne Tallon of Fredericton, N.B., are competing in this year’s World Seniors, April 23-30 at Dumfries, Scotland. Since the World Seniors began in 2002, Canada has won eight men’s and nine women’s titles.

Draw results for the 2014 Canadian Seniors will be instantly available at www.curling.ca.

For information about the event, including team rosters and event schedules, visit www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en.

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Alberta men still in the hunt for a playoff spot http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/2014/03/27/alberta-men-still-in-the-hunt-for-a-playoff-spot/ http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/2014/03/27/alberta-men-still-in-the-hunt-for-a-playoff-spot/#comments Thu, 27 Mar 2014 23:44:16 +0000 Jean Mills http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/?p=551 Alberta’s Mark Johnson scored four points in the 10th end to come from behind and defeat Ontario’s Peter Mellor 6-3 in Draw 16 action on Thursday afternoon in Yellowknife at the Canadian Senior Curling Championships.

With the win, Johnson moves into third place in the standings with an 8-3 record and joins three other teams trying to grab a spot in at least the tiebreakers. Those teams include Nova Scotia’s Alan O’Leary (8-2), Manitoba’s Kelly Robertson (8-2), and Northern Ontario’s Robbie Gordon (7-3).

Alberta second Rob Bucholz in action at the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships in Yellowknife, N.W.T. (Photo James MacKenize)

Alberta second Rob Bucholz in action at the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships in Yellowknife, N.W.T. (Photo James MacKenize)

In Thursday afternoon action, O’Leary had his hands full with Quebec’s Denis Laflamme, who led 4-2 after seven ends. Nova Scotia went ahead in the eighth with a score of three, but Quebec fought back to lead 6-5. O’Leary scored a single in the 10th, sending the game to an extra end, where Laflamme generated a deuce for an 8-6 final, handing Nova Scotia only its second loss of the round robin.

In other men’s action, Saskatchewan’s Darrell McKee (4-6) won 5-3 over New Brunswick’s Mark Armstrong (3-8), and Northwest Territories’ Glen Hudy (3-7) stole three ends on the way to a 7-3 victory over British Columbia’s Wes Craig (5-6).

In the women’s draw, Saskatchewan’s Lorraine Arguin battled Heidi Hanlon of New Brunswick, with both teams trying to hang on to a possible playoff position. Trailing 5-4 after nine, Arguin scored three points in the 10th to put the game away 7-5 and move to a 9-1 record, tied for first with Manitoba’s Lois Fowler.

Nova Scotia’s Colleen Pinkney moved into fourth place in the standings with a 9-6 win over Quebec’s Catherin Derick. The Nova Scotia foursome scored multiple points with hammer to build a lead that Derick (3-8) just couldn’t surmount.

In other women’s games, Alberta’s Glenys Bakker scored three points in the eighth end to put away Prince Edward Island’s Jennifer Scott, 8-3, and Penny Shantz of B.C. cruised to an 11-1 victory over the hometown team from Yellowknife, skipped by Ann McKellar-Gillis.

The winners of the 2014 Canadian Seniors will represent Canada at the 2015 World Senior Curling Championships, at a site and date to be announced by the World Curling Federation. Last year’s Canadian champions, skipped by Colleen Pinkney of Truro, N.S., and Wayne Tallon of Fredericton, N.B., are competing in this year’s World Seniors, April 23-30 at Dumfries, Scotland. Since the World Seniors began in 2002, Canada has won eight men’s and nine women’s titles.

Draw results for the 2014 Canadian Seniors will be instantly available at www.curling.ca.

For information about the event, including team rosters and event schedules, visit www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en.

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Final day of round robin in Yellowknife http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/2014/03/27/final-day-of-round-robin-in-yellowknife/ http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/2014/03/27/final-day-of-round-robin-in-yellowknife/#comments Thu, 27 Mar 2014 19:00:25 +0000 Jean Mills http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/?p=542 The playoff picture continues to take shape as the round robin winds down at the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships in Yellowknife, N.W.T.

Draw 14 on Wednesday evening saw the front-runners continue to lead the pack, with Nova Scotia’s Alan O’Leary, Northern Ontario’s Robbie Gordon and Manitoba’s Kelly Robertson all winning on the men’s side, and Saskatchewan’s Lorraine Arguin and Manitoba’s Lois Fowler both scoring their eighth wins of the round robin on the women’s side to remain tied at the top and secure themselves a spot in the semifinals.

While Arguin had a bye in the women’s Draw 15 on Thursday morning, Fowler climbed to a 9-1 record after stealing a single point in the final end to squeak by British Columbia’s Penny Shantz, 7-6.

Ontario skip Marilyn Bodogh watches her rock with sweepers Jane Hooper-Perroud and Colleen Madonia at the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships in Yellowknife, N.W.T. (Photo James MacKenzie)

Ontario skip Marilyn Bodogh watches her rock with sweepers Jane Hooper-Perroud and Colleen Madonia at the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships in Yellowknife, N.W.T. (Photo James MacKenzie)

In a crucial game on the women’s side, New Brunswick’s Heidi Hanlon and Ontario’s Marilyn Bodogh came into Draw 15 with matching 6-3 records, but Hanlon gave up a steal of two in the 10th on the way to an 8-5 Ontario victory. With a win in the final round robin game – against Northern Ontario’s Vicky Barrett (4-6) – Bodogh can reserve a spot in the semifinal.

In other action Barrett stole four in the eighth to cruise to a 9-2 victory over Alberta’s Glenys Bakker, who now falls to 5-5, and Quebec’s Catherine Derick lost a 9-7 decision to Newfoundland and Labrador’s Cathy Cunningham.

On the men’s side, Manitoba’s Kelly Robertson maintained his hold on second place in the standings after stealing seven points on the way to a 10-4 win over British Columbia’s Wes Craig 10-4. Robertson (8-2) and Nova Scotia’s O’Leary (8-1) are now assured of at least a tie-breaker.

Alberta’s Mark Johnson crept up the standings, scoring an 8-4 win over Northern Ontario’s Robbie Gordon. Both teams now sit in third place with a 7-3 record.

In other men’s games, Yukon’s George Hilderman blanked three ends and scored a single in the 10th for a 4-3 win over Quebec’s Denis Laflamme, and New Brunswick’s Mark Armstrong took three in the ninth for a 10-5 win over PEI’s Ted MacFadyen.

The winners of the 2014 Canadian Seniors will represent Canada at the 2015 World Senior Curling Championships, at a site and date to be announced by the World Curling Federation. Last year’s Canadian champions, skipped by Colleen Pinkney of Truro, N.S., and Wayne Tallon of Fredericton, N.B., are competing in this year’s World Seniors, April 23-30 at Dumfries, Scotland. Since the World Seniors began in 2002, Canada has won eight men’s and nine women’s titles.

Draw results for the 2014 Canadian Seniors will be instantly available at www.curling.ca.

For information about the event, including team rosters and event schedules, visit www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en.

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Teams keeping an eye on the leaders at Senior Championships http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/2014/03/26/teams-keeping-an-eye-on-the-leaders-at-senior-championships/ http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/2014/03/26/teams-keeping-an-eye-on-the-leaders-at-senior-championships/#comments Wed, 26 Mar 2014 23:32:26 +0000 Jean Mills http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/?p=520 Nova Scotia’s Alan O’Leary (7-1) may be leading the pack in the men’s draw at the Canadian Senior Curling Championships, but three teams – Northern Ontario, Alberta and Manitoba – all won games on Wednesday afternoon to keep it close.

Northern Ontario’s Robbie Gordon started and ended big against New Brunswick’s Mark Armstrong. Gordon scored three in the first end, then blew it open in the ninth with four points to take an insurmountable 10-4 lead and the win.

New Brunswick's Guy Boudreau and Northern Ontario's Dion Dumontelle take a break during Draw 13 at the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships in Yellowknife, N.W.T. on Wednesday (Photo James MacKenzie)

New Brunswick’s Guy Boudreau and Northern Ontario’s Dion Dumontelle take a break during Draw 13 at the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships in Yellowknife, N.W.T. on Wednesday (Photo James MacKenzie)

Mark Johnson and his team from the Grande Prairie Curling Centre led PEI’s Ted MacFadyen 5-1 at the fifth-end break after stealing two ends. Johnson scored three in the seventh to put the game away, 8-2. PEI and New Brunswick trail the pack with 2-7 records.

Denis Laflamme and his Quebec team from the Club de curling Sept-Îles traded ends with Manitoba’s Kelly Robertson but just couldn’t get the lead, losing 8-6. Quebec now sits 3-6 in the lower half of the standings.

In the only other men’s game of the afternoon, Yukon’s George Hilderman gave up a steal of one to British Columbia’s Wes Craig in a 10-9 B.C. win. Craig now has a 5-3 record, tied with Ontario’s Peter Mellor and still in touch with the leaders as playoffs approach.

On the women’s side, leader Lorraine Arguin (7-1) had a bye, giving the other teams an opportunity to make up ground.

Manitoba’s Lois Fowler took advantage, improving to 7-1 and claiming a share of first place after defeating Quebec’s Catherine Derick 10-9 in a see-saw affair that went to an extra end.

Marilyn Bodogh and her team from the St. Catharines Curling Club had trouble generating offence against Alberta’s Glenys Bakker. Alberta scored threes in both the fifth and eighth ends to build the lead. A single in nine wasn’t enough for Ontario to catch up, and the game ended with a 7-4 Alberta victory. The loss leaves Ontario with a 6-3 record, tied with New Brunswick’s Heidi Hanlon, who lost to Northern Ontario’s Vicky Barrett, 9-6.

And in the other women’s game, British Columbia’s Penny Shantz overcame a slow start – she wasn’t able to score for the first four ends – to post a 6-4 victory over Newfoundland and Labrador’s Cathy Cunningham.

With four draws left in the women’s draw, Saskatchewan (7-1), Manitoba (7-1), Ontario (6-3) and New Brunswick (6-3) top the standings. On the men’s side, the leaders are PEI (7-1), followed by Northern Ontario, Alberta and Manitoba, all with 6-2 records.

Manitoba skip Lois Fowler (left) confers with Maureen Bonar and Cathy Gauthier during their game at the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships (Photo James MacKenzie)

Manitoba skip Lois Fowler (left) confers with Maureen Bonar and Cathy Gauthier during their game at the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships (Photo James MacKenzie)

The winners of the 2014 Canadian Seniors will represent Canada at the 2015 World Senior Curling Championships, at a site and date to be announced by the World Curling Federation. Last year’s Canadian champions, skipped by Colleen Pinkney of Truro, N.S., and Wayne Tallon of Fredericton, N.B., are competing in this year’s World Seniors, April 23-30 at Dumfries, Scotland. Since the World Seniors began in 2002, Canada has won eight men’s and nine women’s titles.

Draw results for the 2014 Canadian Seniors will be instantly available at www.curling.ca.

For information about the event, including team rosters and event schedules, visit www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en.

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Saskatchewan’s Arguin moves into first place at Seniors http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/2014/03/26/saskatchewans-arguin-moves-into-first-place-at-seniors/ http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/2014/03/26/saskatchewans-arguin-moves-into-first-place-at-seniors/#comments Wed, 26 Mar 2014 18:47:08 +0000 Jean Mills http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/?p=518 Saskatchewan’s Lorraine Arguin took sole possession of first place in the women’s standings at the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championship on Wednesday morning in Yellowknife, N.W.T., with a 9-6 win over Ontario’s Marilyn Bodogh.

Lorraine Arguin calls the line during play at the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships in Yellowknife, N.W.T. (Photo James MacKenzie)

Lorraine Arguin calls the line during play at the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships in Yellowknife, N.W.T. (Photo James MacKenzie)

Both teams came into the game tied with Manitoba’s Lois Fowler at the top of the leaderboard. Saskatchewan trailed 6-5 after eight ends, but a huge score of four in the ninth end put the team from the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre in the lead for good.

Behind Arguin, Fowler (6-1) now sits in second place, with Bodogh in third, tied with New Brunswick’s Heidi Hanlon with a 6-2 record. Hanlon stole the last three ends of her morning game on the way to a 6-5 victory over Prince Edward Island’s Jennifer Scott (3-5).

In other women’s game this morning, Colleen Pinkney (4-4) of Nova Scotia scored one in an extra end to defeat Cathy Cunningham (2-6) of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Catherine Derick of Quebec (3-5) ran Northwest Territories’ Ann McKellar-Gillis (1-7) out of stones in an eight-end 10-5 victory.

On the men’s side, Alan O’Leary of Nova Scotia took a firmer hold on first place after stealing a deuce in the final end to defeat George Hilderman of Whitehorse, Yukon, 10-7. The win gives the team from the Mayflower Curling Club in Halifax a 7-1 record, while NWT slips to 4-4.

The hometown team from Yellowknife, skipped by Glen Hudy (2-6), gave up four in the final end on the way to a 9-6 loss to Quebec’s Denis Laflamme (3-5).

Peter MacFadyen of PEI (2-6) scored a couple of triples to defeat Saskatchewan’s Darrell McKee 9-5 in eight ends. Both teams share a 2-6 record with NWT’s Hudy and New Brunswick’s Mark Armstrong. In his Draw 12 game, Armstrong gave up three steals and a big three points in the final end of a 9-5 loss to Peter Mellor of Ontario (5-3).

The winners of the 2014 Canadian Seniors will represent Canada at the 2015 World Senior Curling Championships, at a site and date to be announced by the World Curling Federation. Last year’s Canadian champions, skipped by Colleen Pinkney of Truro, N.S., and Wayne Tallon of Fredericton, N.B., are competing in this year’s World Seniors, April 23-30 at Dumfries, Scotland. Since the World Seniors began in 2002, Canada has won eight men’s and nine women’s titles.

Draw results for the 2014 Canadian Seniors will be instantly available at www.curling.ca.

For information about the event, including team rosters and event schedules, visit www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en.

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Crowded at the top of the standings in Yellowknife http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/2014/03/25/crowded-at-the-top-of-the-standings-in-yellowknife/ http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/2014/03/25/crowded-at-the-top-of-the-standings-in-yellowknife/#comments Wed, 26 Mar 2014 00:00:23 +0000 Jean Mills http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/?p=505 It’s getting crowded at the top of the leaderboard after ten draws at the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships in Yellowknife, N.W.T. as teams with only one loss jockey for position.

On the men’s side, Alan O’Leary of Nova Scotia bounced back from his first loss of the round robin earlier in the day – a lopsided 10-4 loss to Alberta’s Mark Johnson – to score an 8-6 extra-end win over Ontario’s Peter Mellor to stay on top with a 6-1 record.

Prince Edward Island sweepers in action during Draw 10 of the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championship in Yellowknife (Photo James MacKenzie)

Prince Edward Island sweepers in action during Draw 10 of the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championship in Yellowknife (Photo James MacKenzie)

In other Draw 10 action, Prince Edward Island’s Ted MacFadyen scored three in the ninth on a quiet tap-back, then ran Quebec’s Denis Laflamme out of rocks for a 7-4 win, P.E.I.’s first in the round robin.

Yukon’s George Hilderman gave up three stolen points in a 10-6 loss to Saskatchewan’s Darrell McKee.

Two stolen points were the difference in the game between Northwest Territories’ Glen Hudy and New Brunswick’s Mark Armstrong. Despite stealing one in the ninth to trail 9-7, Hudy couldn’t generate any more points in the 10th and took his sixth loss.

On the women’s side, Saskatchewan’s Lorraine Arguin moved to 6-1 in the standings, stealing a single in the last end to squeak by  Newfoundland and Labrador’s Cathy Cunningham 7-6. Arguin now sits alone in first place, followed closely by Ontario’s Marilyn Bodogh and Manitoba’s Lois Fowler, both with 5-1 records. In Draw 10, Bodogh scored a five-ender in the ninth on the way to a 12-4 victory over Quebec’s Catherine Derick.

In other games, Heidi Hanlon of New Brunswick defeated Ann McKellar-Gillis of Northwest Territories 10-5, and Nova Scotia’s Colleen Pinkney stole two in the final end for a 9-6 win over Jennifer Scott of Prince Edward Island.

The winners of the 2014 Canadian Seniors will represent Canada at the 2015 World Senior Curling Championships, at a site and date to be announced by the World Curling Federation. Last year’s Canadian champions, skipped by Colleen Pinkney of Truro, N.S., and Wayne Tallon of Fredericton, N.B., are competing in this year’s World Seniors, April 23-30 at Dumfries, Scotland. Since the World Seniors began in 2002, Canada has won eight men’s and nine women’s titles.

Draw results for the 2014 Canadian Seniors will be instantly available at www.curling.ca.

For information about the event, including team rosters and event schedules, visit www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en.

Team Newfoundland and Labrador ponders the next shot (Photo James MacKenzie)

Team Newfoundland and Labrador ponders the next shot (Photo James MacKenzie)

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New Brunswick’s Hanlon steals win in Draw 8 action http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/2014/03/25/new-brunswicks-hanlon-steals-win-in-draw-8-action/ http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/2014/03/25/new-brunswicks-hanlon-steals-win-in-draw-8-action/#comments Tue, 25 Mar 2014 11:32:39 +0000 Jean Mills http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/?p=496 As another day came to a close at the Canadian Senior Curling Championships, the teams started to sort themselves out even though this draw is just shy of the midpoint of the round robin.

(Report by Bill Tschirhart)

There are now no undefeated teams in the women’s division. Going into Monday night’s games, there were four women’s teams tied in the loss column, the only column that really counts, with one loss (MB, ON, SK and PE). Three teams are right behind – Alberta, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island – chasing the leaders. On the men’s side, NS was the only undefeated team, and that situation was maintained as Nova Scotia’s Alan O’Leary scored two in the final end against New Brunswick’s Mark Armstrong to win 8-7 in their Draw 8 match-up.

New Brunswick's Heidi Hanlon in action at the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships ((Photo James MacKenzie)

New Brunswick’s Heidi Hanlon in action at the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships ((Photo James MacKenzie)

In a key game on the women’s side, two former world senior champions – Nova Scotia’s Colleen Pinkney and New Brunswick’s Heidi Hanlon – locked horns and as expected, it was tight right from the start. The game went down to Pinkney’s last rock, which slid a few centimetres too far, leaving the Saint John crew shot for a 5-4 victory.

Ontario’s Marilyn Bodogh of St. Catharines defeated PEI’s Jennifer Scott 10-7, while on the men’s side, the PEI men led by Ted MacFadyen lost to Ontario’s Peter Mellor from Kitchener-Waterloo, who stole a point in the extra end for a 6-5 verdict.

In the battle of the territories (YK vs NT) the George Hilderman of Whitehorse won the bragging rights for this season posting a score of 8-2 over the hometown team of Glen Hudy.

Denis Laflamme put Quebec into the win column and did it with last-end heroics. Going into the last frame down one against Saskatchewan’s Darrell McKee, they blueprinted a deuce right out of the strategy manual and an 8-7 final score.

Unfortunately Catherine Derick and the women from la belle province could not follow suit in their game, losing to Lorraine Arguin’s “green machine” by a 10-4 tally.

The final game of the night was just one of those games, were you to talk to a member of Ann McKellar-Gillis’s Yellowknife team, as Newfoundland and Labrador’s Cathy Cunningham won going away with a 14-3 victory in their wake.

The winners of the 2014 Canadian Seniors will represent Canada at the 2015 World Senior Curling Championships, at a site and date to be announced by the World Curling Federation. Last year’s Canadian champions, skipped by Colleen Pinkney of Truro, N.S., and Wayne Tallon of Fredericton, N.B., are competing in this year’s World Seniors, April 23-30 at Dumfries, Scotland. Since the World Seniors began in 2002, Canada has won eight men’s and nine women’s titles.

Draw results for the 2014 Canadian Seniors will be instantly available at www.curling.ca.

For information about the event, including team rosters and event schedules, visit www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en.

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http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/2014/03/25/new-brunswicks-hanlon-steals-win-in-draw-8-action/feed/ 0 <_edit_lock>1395780595:21<_edit_last>21<_thumbnail_id>498Hanlon steals winhttp://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/files/2014/03/Seniors-Draw-8-Hanlon-cropped.jpg<_encloseme>1
Nova Scotia’s O’Leary stays ahead of the pack http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/2014/03/24/nova-scotias-oleary-stays-ahead-of-the-pack/ http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/2014/03/24/nova-scotias-oleary-stays-ahead-of-the-pack/#comments Tue, 25 Mar 2014 00:04:10 +0000 Jean Mills http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/?p=479 Draw 7 in the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships featured some pivotal games as the standings start to take shape after three full days of round robin play.

(Report by Bill Tschirhart)

Seniors Draw 7 NS men resized

Nova Scotia skip Alan O’Leary in action during Draw 7 at the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships (Photo James MacKenzie)

The Team NS (O’Leary) men maintained its unblemished record with a last stone 8-5 win over a former CSCC champion from MB (Robertson). The lead in this game changed hands a few times but as the Bluenosers will tell you, you only have to be ahead at the end!

Manitoba and Nova Scotia tangled in another key contest on the women’s side of the ledger. The front-running buffaloes met a determined former CSCC champion from Truro (Pinkney). Going into the 10th with a one-point lead but without last stone advantage, Nova Scotia ran the Manitobans out of stones to notch the 9-7 victory.

New Brunswick's Judy Blanchard and Jane Arseneau keep watch during their Draw 7 game at the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships in Yellowknife (Photo James MacKenzie)

New Brunswick’s Judy Blanchard and Jane Arseneau keep watch during their Draw 7 game at the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships in Yellowknife (Photo James MacKenzie)

In the other two women’s games, Team AB (Bakker) scored three in the 10th end to break a 5-5 tie with the home town Northwest Territories team (McKellar-Gillis) and left the ice with an 8-5 win while the Alberta men (Johnson) defeated Glen Hudy’s Northwest Territories men, 11-2.

In the arena on sheet A the men’s team from Kitchener-Waterloo, ON (Mellor) bested the quartet from Victoria, B.C. (Craig) to the tune of 10-5.

In a men’s tilt that required an extra end, Robbie Gordon’s Northern Ontario squad from Sudbury, Ont., scratched out a narrow 7-6 win over Team SK (McKee) with a last-stone draw to the four-foot. In the women’s version of NO vs SK, Team SK (Arguin) topped Team NO (Barrett) by scoring three in the final end for an 8-5 win.

The final game of the afternoon pitted the women from Parksville, B.C., (Shantz) against the east coast islanders from Montague, P.E.I. (Scott). Shantz scored four in the third end on the way to a 9-4 win.

Games continue this evening at the Yellowknife Curling Centre and the Community Arena. A full slate of eight games is scheduled!

The winners of the 2014 Canadian Seniors will represent Canada at the 2015 World Senior Curling Championships, at a site and date to be announced by the World Curling Federation. Last year’s Canadian champions, skipped by Colleen Pinkney of Truro, N.S., and Wayne Tallon of Fredericton, N.B., are competing in this year’s World Seniors, April 23-30 at Dumfries, Scotland. Since the World Seniors began in 2002, Canada has won eight men’s and nine women’s titles.

Draw results for the 2014 Canadian Seniors will be instantly available at www.curling.ca.

For information about the event, including team rosters and event schedules, visit www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en.

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Manitoba’s Fowler remains undefeated in Senior Women’s play http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/2014/03/24/manitobas-fowler-remains-undefeated-in-senior-womens-play/ http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/2014/03/24/manitobas-fowler-remains-undefeated-in-senior-womens-play/#comments Mon, 24 Mar 2014 18:47:01 +0000 Jean Mills http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/?p=470 The battle for senior men’s and women’s curling supremacy continued on a clear, frosty morning today in Yellowknife, N.W.T.

(Report by Bill Tschirhart)

The first game finished was a men’s game between Manitoba and Prince Edward Island, with the buffaloes prevailing 13-4 in eight ends.

Manitoba's Lois Fowler calls the line for sweepers Maureen Bonar and Cathy Gauthier at the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships in Yellowknife (Photo James MacKenzie)

Manitoba’s Lois Fowler calls the line for sweepers Maureen Bonar and Cathy Gauthier at the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships in Yellowknife (Photo James MacKenzie)

A contest expected to be a close-to-the-vest affair for first place in the women’s division between Ontario’s Marilyn Bodogh and Manitoba’s Lois Fowler turned out to be anything but, as the Manitobans posted those “crooked” numbers and did it frequently. When the pebble had settled on sheet “G” the score stood 10-3 for the Winnipeg four. With the win, Fowler maintains her spot at the top of the women’s standing with a 4-0 record.

The third game at the Yellowknife Curling Centre ended early as well with Cathy Cunningham of Newfoundland and Labrador pulling away from Northern Ontario’s Vicky Barrett for a 7-2 victory.

In the Yellowknife Community Arena five games were played. Team Alberta men rebounded from the setback suffered the previous evening to defeat Team New Brunswick 9-4.

Heidi Hanlon (NB) and her team also played the role of the comeback kids in their game with Alberta’s Glenys Bakker and fashioned a tidy 6-4 win.

Team BC (m), playing the third game in a four-game back-to-back series, built on their win over Alberta in the previous draw to hand Team Quebec a 9-7 verdict.

Rob Gordon’s men’s team from Northern Ontario continued its fine play crafting an 11-6 win over Yukon’s George Hilderman from Whitehorse.

The final game of the draw pitted Team Shantz (BC) against the women from la belle province. Scores on four successive ends by Team Quebec late in the game sealed the deal with the final score 9-3.

Draw #7 will take place this afternoon at 2 p.m. (MDT).

The winners of the 2014 Canadian Seniors will represent Canada at the 2015 World Senior Curling Championships, at a site and date to be announced by the World Curling Federation. Last year’s Canadian champions, skipped by Colleen Pinkney of Truro, N.S., and Wayne Tallon of Fredericton, N.B., are competing in this year’s World Seniors, April 23-30 at Dumfries, Scotland. Since the World Seniors began in 2002, Canada has won eight men’s and nine women’s titles.

Draw results for the 2014 Canadian Seniors will be instantly available at www.curling.ca.

For information about the event, including team rosters and event schedules, visit www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en.

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Round robin continues at Canadian Seniors in Yellowknife http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/2014/03/24/round-robin-continues-at-canadian-seniors-in-yellowknife/ http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/2014/03/24/round-robin-continues-at-canadian-seniors-in-yellowknife/#comments Mon, 24 Mar 2014 12:33:42 +0000 Jean Mills http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/?p=438 The round robin continues at the Canadian Senior Curling Championships in Yellowknife, N.W.T. as the standings start to take shape.

On the women’s side, Ontario’s Marilyn Bodogh, Manitoba’s Lois Fowler and Prince Edward Island’s Jennifer Scott remain undefeated after five draws. Alan O’Leary of Nova Scotia remains the only undefeated skip in the men’s draw as the round-robin moves into its third day.

In Draw 4 on Sunday, two provinces saw action with one another in both gender divisions. This time it was Northern Ontario and Manitoba. On the women’s side of the ledger, Fowler defeated Northern Ontario’s Vicky Barrett by a 7-4 count while the tables were turned in the men’s game as Robbie Gordon’s foursome came out on top with a 7-4 verdict over former Canadian Senior Champion Kelly Robertson.

In another provincial double bill, this time involving teams from British Columbia and New Brunswick, it was the west coasters who grabbed the wins. In the women’s game, B.C.’s Penny Shantz drew the button to count two and overcome a one-point deficit, posting a 6-5 win. In the men’s game, B.C.’s Wes Craig ran N.B.’s Mark Armstrong out of stones in the last end to hold his lead, posting a 7-4 final.

The third duel in the land of the midnight sun between provinces saw Alberta’s Mark Johnson charge out of the gate at full gallop leaving Denis Laflamme from la belle province in the dust, 10-2. In the companion tussle between the women from Alberta and Quebec, an extra end was required for Alberta’s Bakker to notch the point for the 7-6 decision over Catherine Derick.

Team Quebec's Normand Bouchard, Michael Lachance and skip Denis Laflamme in action at the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships in Yellowknife, N.W.T. (Photo James MacKenzie)

Team Quebec’s Normand Bouchard, Michael Lachance and skip Denis Laflamme in action at the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships in Yellowknife, N.W.T. (Photo James MacKenzie)

Ontario’s Bodogh and Newfoundland and Labrador’s Cathy Cunningham crossed brushes, with Ontario coming out on top, 9-7.

The men from Whitehorse continued their winning ways. Yukon’s George Hilderman, scored one in an extra end to defeat P.E.I.’s Ted MacFadyen, posting a final score of 11-10.

On Sunday evening, Draw Five included a battle between Saskatchewan’s Lorraine Arguin and Manitoba’s Fowler, who won 8-6 to remain undefeated.

Peter Mellor of Ontario bounced back from an 11-2 morning loss to score five unanswered points against the hometown N.W.T. team skipped by Glen Hudy for a 12-7 victory.

Manitoba’s Robertson also rebounded from a morning loss to record a 9-4 win over Saskatchewan’s Darrell McKee, mostly on the strength of five points scored in ends 7-9.

O’Leary of Nova Scotia kept his unblemished record intact with a solid performance against Northern Ontario, posting an 8-5 win.

P.E.I.’s Jennifer Scott blanked the ninth end with the score tied at five against the hometown women skipped by Ann McKellar-Gillis. The strategy worked as the east coast islanders scored the winning point with last stone advantage in the final end, recording a 6-5 victory.

In similar fashion, Alberta’s Bakker scored the game-winning point in the 10th end for a win over B.C.’s Shantz.

In the night’s final engagement, B.C.’s Craig stole two in an extra end to defeat Alberta’s Johnson 11-9.

Play continues Monday with another three draws of eight games each.

The winners of the 2014 Canadian Seniors will represent Canada at the 2015 World Senior Curling Championships, at a site and date to be announced by the World Curling Federation. Last year’s Canadian champions, skipped by Colleen Pinkney of Truro, N.S., and Wayne Tallon of Fredericton, N.B., are competing in this year’s World Seniors, April 23-30 at Dumfries, Scotland. Since the World Seniors began in 2002, Canada has won eight men’s and nine women’s titles.

Draw results for the 2014 Canadian Seniors will be instantly available at www.curling.ca.

For information about the event, including team rosters and event schedules, visit www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en.

(Story by Bill Tschirhart)

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Draw 3 completed at Canadian Senior Championships http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/2014/03/23/draw-3-completed-at-canadian-senior-championships/ http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/2014/03/23/draw-3-completed-at-canadian-senior-championships/#comments Sun, 23 Mar 2014 19:49:26 +0000 Jean Mills http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/?p=430 There was a full slate of games played at the two venues this Sunday morning as the Canadian Senior Curling Championships continue in Yellowknife, N.W.T.

At the Yellowknife Curling Centre the pairings were Newfoundland & Labrador vs Prince Edward Island (women), Yukon vs Ontario (men) and Northwest Territories vs Prince Edward Island (men).

In the Yellowknife Community Arena the matchups were Northwest Territories vs Ontario (women), New Brunswick vs Quebec (women), New Brunswick vs Quebec (men), Saskatchewan vs Nova Scotia (women) and Saskatchewan vs Nova Scotia (men).

In the ON/NT (w) tilt, when Ontario scored, it was with crooked numerals resulting in a final score of 10-3 in eight ends. Much the same was true for the ON/YK (m) contest with the Whitehorse foursome posting the crooked numerals this time in an 11-2 final tally.

Yukon's Doug Hamilton delivers his rock with sweepers Dale Enzenauer and Doug Gee in Draw 3 action at the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships in Yellowknife (Photo James MacKenzie)

Yukon’s Doug Hamilton delivers his rock with sweepers Dale Enzenauer and Doug Gee in Draw 3 action at the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships in Yellowknife (Photo James MacKenzie)

The remaining two games in the Yellowknife Curling Centre were much closer and in both cases, the team that had the one-point lead going into the last end fashioned a steal of one to win. PEI’s Jennifer Scott squad left the ice 6-4 winners over Team Newfoundland & Labrador’s Cathy Cunningham. The Northwest Territories’ Glen Hudy posted a 7-5 score over its counterparts from PEI.

In games involving New Brunswick and Quebec, on both sides of the gender categories, NB came out on top, 8-5 (w) and 8-6 (m).

In the game between Saskatchewan’s Lorraine Arguin and Nova Scotia’s Colleen Pinkney, a valiant flurry of scoring by Team NS came up one point short leaving the prairie foursome on top 9-8.

The last game on the ice between Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia men was tied coming home at six and with last stone in the final stanza, NS skip O’Leary fashioned the one point needed for the 7-6 win.

Games continue Sunday afternoon and evening.

The winners of the 2014 Canadian Seniors will represent Canada at the 2015 World Senior Curling Championships, at a site and date to be announced by the World Curling Federation. Last year’s Canadian champions, skipped by Colleen Pinkney of Truro, N.S., and Wayne Tallon of Fredericton, N.B., are competing in this year’s World Seniors, April 23-30 at Dumfries, Scotland. Since the World Seniors began in 2002, Canada has won eight men’s and nine women’s titles.

Draw results for the 2014 Canadian Seniors will be instantly available at www.curling.ca.

For information about the event, including team rosters and event schedules, visit www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en.

(Story by Bill Tschirhart)

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Draw Two action from Canadian Seniors http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/2014/03/23/draw-two-action-from-canadian-seniors/ http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/2014/03/23/draw-two-action-from-canadian-seniors/#comments Sun, 23 Mar 2014 18:38:09 +0000 Jean Mills http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/?p=422 The men took to the ice Saturday night for their first games in the round robin of the 2014 Canadian Seniors Curling Championships.

In the Yellowknife Curling Centre, Team MB (Robertson), a former Canadian Senior champion, dominated Team NB (Armstrong) 12-5. In the second tilt at the YKCC, Team Ontario (Mellor) and Team Quebec (Laflamme) played it very close to the vest with Ontario coming out on top by a score of 6-4 in an extra end.

Saskatchewan's Darrell McKee with sweepers Brad Gee and Rick Picard  in Draw 2 action at the Canadian Seniors Curling Championships (Photo James MacKenzie)

Saskatchewan’s Darrell McKee with sweepers Brad Gee and Rick Picard in Draw 2 action at the Canadian Seniors Curling Championships (Photo James MacKenzie)

At the Yellowknife Community Arena, the quartet from Northern Ontario (Gordon) matched skills with the home town squad (Hudy). Team Saskatchewan (McKee) drew Team British Columbia (Craig). In an Atlantic Canada battle, Team Nova Scotia (O’Leary) squared off with Team Prince Edward Island (MacFadyen). Team Alberta (skipped by former Canadian and World Senior Champion, Mark Johnson) dueled with Team Yukon (Hilderman), one of the pre-qualifying teams.

In the NO vs NT contest, a score of three by the Sudbury foursome midway through the game proved to be the fatal blow to their counterparts from Yellowknife, resulting in a final score of 10-3.

The same was true in the SK vs BC engagement. This time Team SK kicked its “field goal” in end six, which was matched by the west coasters in end nine. BC forced the prairie four to one in the last end of regulation play but the Nutana CC representatives sole the 11th end to secure the victory.

The Bluenosers from the Mayflower CC in Halifax scored often on the crew from the Sliver Fox Curling and Yacht Club in Summerside, posting a 9-3 final score. The other pre-qualifier hailing from Whitehorse gave the experienced team from AB all it could handle, but with the Wild Roses posting scores in three consecutive ends midway through the contest, the blue and gold four put one in the win column with a 6-3 tally.

Play continues on Sunday with draws at 9 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The winners of the 2014 Canadian Seniors will represent Canada at the 2015 World Senior Curling Championships, at a site and date to be announced by the World Curling Federation. Last year’s Canadian champions, skipped by Colleen Pinkney of Truro, N.S., and Wayne Tallon of Fredericton, N.B., are competing in this year’s World Seniors, April 23-30 at Dumfries, Scotland. Since the World Seniors began in 2002, Canada has won eight men’s and nine women’s titles.

Draw results for the 2014 Canadian Seniors will be instantly available at www.curling.ca.

For information about the event, including team rosters and event schedules, visit www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en.

(Story by Bill Tschirhart)

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Senior women take to the ice in Yellowknife http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/2014/03/22/senior-women-take-to-the-ice-in-yellowknife/ http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/2014/03/22/senior-women-take-to-the-ice-in-yellowknife/#comments Sun, 23 Mar 2014 01:37:07 +0000 Jean Mills http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/?p=415 The opening shots were delivered in the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships hosted by the Yellowknife Curling Centre today. Following a two-day pre-qualifying event that added two teams to the ten-team field for both men and women, the full round robin began in two facilities which reside side-by-side in the capital of the Northwest Territories.

In the curling facility, a former Women’s Senior World Champion team representing the province of New Brunswick (Hanlon) was matched up with a very experienced foursome from Manitoba (Fowler). The other women’s game in the curling facility saw one of the teams that gained a spot in the round robin out of the pre-qualifying event, Team Prince Edward Island (Scott) paired with Team Quebec (Derick).

In the arena, another four women’s games took place, pairing Northern Ontario (Barrett) and the Northwest Territories (McKellar-Gillis), Alberta (Bakker) and Newfoundland & Labrador (Cunningham), Ontario (Bodogh) and Nova Scotia (Pinkney) and Saskatchewan (Arguin) and British Columbia (Shantz).

Ontario and Nova Scotia in Draw 1 action at the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships in Yellowknife (Photo James MacKenzie)

Ontario and Nova Scotia in Draw 1 action at the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships in Yellowknife (Photo James MacKenzie)

After all the pebble in both venues had settled, the results were; MB 8 – NB 7 (extra end), PE 9 – QC 6, ON 8 – NS 6, AB 3 – NL 9, SK 7 – BC 6, NT 7 NO – 5.

The first draw of the men’s section will take place this evening!

The winners of the 2014 Canadian Seniors will represent Canada at the 2015 World Senior Curling Championships, at a site and date to be announced by the World Curling Federation. Last year’s Canadian champions, skipped by Colleen Pinkney of Truro, N.S., and Wayne Tallon of Fredericton, N.B., are competing in this year’s World Seniors, April 23-30 at Dumfries, Scotland. Since the World Seniors began in 2002, Canada has won eight men’s and nine women’s titles.

Draw results for the 2014 Canadian Seniors will be instantly available at www.curling.ca.

For information about the event, including team rosters and event schedules, visit www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en.

(Story by Bill Tschirhart)

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Field now set for Canadian Seniors round robin http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/2014/03/21/field-now-set-for-canadian-seniors-round-robin/ http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/2014/03/21/field-now-set-for-canadian-seniors-round-robin/#comments Fri, 21 Mar 2014 22:57:44 +0000 Jean Mills http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/?p=400 The field for the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships is now complete with the playing of the final two pre-qualifying games at the Yellowknife Curling Centre this afternoon.

(Photo James MacKenzie)

Northern Ontario third Ron Henderson delivers his rock during pre-qualifying action at the Yellowknife Curling Club (Photo James MacKenzie)

On the men’s side, Team Northern Ontario’s Robbie Gordon recovered from his first-draw loss to win two straight games, today versus Newfoundland & Labrador’s Lorne Henderson, to grab the second spot available in the pre-qualifier and join the twelve-team round robin. It was a convincing victory with a score of 4 in the sixth end. From that point, the Sudbury-based quartet was not to be denied and closed out the win, 9-3.

The women’s qualifier saw Team Ontario’s Marilyn Bodogh take on Team Nunavut’s Beverly Ford with the Ontarians coasting to victory.

The stage is set to begin round robin play on Saturday morning with eight games, three in the Yellowknife Curling Centre and the remainder next door in the Yellowknife Community Arena.

Tonight the players will enjoy a reception at Aurora Village. Everyone is hoping for clear skies for a possible viewing of the Northern Lights. Some of the teams have already tried dog sledding. There are many more opportunities for the players and spectators to enjoy Canada’s north.

Let the games begin!

The winners of the 2014 Canadian Seniors will represent Canada at the 2015 World Senior Curling Championships, at a site and date to be announced by the World Curling Federation. Last year’s Canadian champions, skipped by Colleen Pinkney of Truro, N.S., and Wayne Tallon of Fredericton, N.B., are competing in this year’s World Seniors, April 23-30 at Dumfries, Scotland. Since the World Seniors began in 2002, Canada has won eight men’s and nine women’s titles.

Draw results for the 2014 Canadian Seniors will be instantly available at www.curling.ca.

For information about the event, including team rosters and event schedules, visit www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en.

(Story by Bill Tschirhart)

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PEI women through to round robin at Canadian Seniors http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/2014/03/21/pei-women-through-to-round-robin-at-canadian-seniors/ http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/2014/03/21/pei-women-through-to-round-robin-at-canadian-seniors/#comments Fri, 21 Mar 2014 19:49:07 +0000 Jean Mills http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/?p=395 It’s a bright, sunny but cold day in Yellowknife on the first full day of spring. Action at the Yellowknife Curling Centre is heating up as two games are played in the pre-qualifying portion of the Canadian Senior Curling Championships.

In the women’s game, Ontario’s Marilyn Bodogh and Prince Edward Island’s Jennifer Scott crossed swords with this prize on the line: the first of two spots in the championship round robin. But the battle was short-lived as the east coast islanders kept the pressure on the squad from Upper Canada from the start. At the conclusion of the eighth end, with PEI leading 9-4, handshakes were in order.

PEI skip Jennifer Scott calls to her sweepers (Photo James MacKenzie)

PEI skip Jennifer Scott calls to her sweepers (Photo James MacKenzie)

The men’s game followed much the same format with the foursome from Sudbury, representing the Northern Ontario Curling Association and skipped by Robbie Gordon, scoring repeatedly in the initial early ends leading to a 7-1 victory over Nunavut’s Ed Sattelbrger.

That sets the scene for the final draw of the pre-qualification round of the championship. Playing for the second spot in the event, Bodogh and Team Ontario will meet up with Nunavut’s Beverly Ford from Rankin Inlet, and the Team Newfoundland & Labrador’s Lorne Henderson will share the ice with Team Northern Ontario’s Gordon.

Full round robin play will commence Saturday. Teams not competing in the pre-qualification portion of the championship will use the day in pre-event practice at both the arena and later in the afternoon at the curling facility.

The winners of the 2014 Canadian Seniors will represent Canada at the 2015 World Senior Curling Championships, at a site and date to be announced by the World Curling Federation. Last year’s Canadian champions, skipped by Colleen Pinkney of Truro, N.S., and Wayne Tallon of Fredericton, N.B., are competing in this year’s World Seniors, April 23-30 at Dumfries, Scotland. Since the World Seniors began in 2002, Canada has won eight men’s and nine women’s titles.

Draw results for the 2014 Canadian Seniors will be instantly available at www.curling.ca.

For information about the event, including team rosters and event schedules, visit www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en.

(Story by Bill Tschirhart)

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Pre-Qualifying event underway at Canadian Seniors http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/2014/03/20/pre-qualifying-event-underway-at-canadian-seniors/ http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/2014/03/20/pre-qualifying-event-underway-at-canadian-seniors/#comments Fri, 21 Mar 2014 03:35:41 +0000 Jean Mills http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/?p=378 The Yellowknife Curling Club hosted the first national curling championship in the Northwest Territories with Draw One of the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships pre-qualifying event this afternoon.

This draw pitted the team from Canada’s most easterly province against their counterparts from Nunavut while on the adjacent sheet Team Yukon battled it out with Team Northern Ontario. Both contests came down the proverbial last rock as both games came home tied.

(Photo Kyle Kruger)

Nunavut skip Ed Sattelberger and Newfoundland and Labrador skip Lorne Henderson in action during the pre-qualifying event at the Yellowknife Curling Club (Photo Kyle Kruger)

In the NU/NL tilt, skip Ed Sattelberger of Iqaluit needed a long angle raise to remove the NL shot stone, but although it was close, unfortunately for the NU four, it just breezed by the NL counter resulting in a 7-6 final score for curlers from the Re-Max Centre in St. John’s.

The NO/YK game saw Whitehorse skip George Hilderman execute a delicate back line weight tap, around a guard, of a shot NO stone residing on the edge of the four foot, which he did to record the 9-8 victory. Earlier in the game the teams traded back-to-back scores of three, followed by back-to-back deuces to tie the game at six after six ends of the 10-end affair.

This means that the winners of the two games will battle one another for the first of the two pre-qualifying spots in the full round robin to begin on Saturday. Thursday at 7 p.m. (MDT) Team NL will take on Team YK.

The women’s teams in the pre-qualifying portion of the championship will also take to the ice tonight with Team PE matching shots with Team NU. Team ON will have the bye as there is no team from YK.

The winners of the 2014 Canadian Seniors will represent Canada at the 2015 World Senior Curling Championships, at a site and date to be announced by the World Curling Federation. Last year’s Canadian champions, skipped by Colleen Pinkney of Truro, N.S., and Wayne Tallon of Fredericton, N.B., are competing in this year’s World Seniors, April 23-30 at Dumfries, Scotland. Since the World Seniors began in 2002, Canada has won eight men’s and nine women’s titles.

Draw results for the 2014 Canadian Seniors will be instantly available at www.curling.ca.

For information about the event, including team rosters and event schedules, visit www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en.

(Story by Bill Tschirhart)

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Canadian Seniors start Saturday in Yellowknife http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/2014/03/19/canadian-seniors-start-saturday-in-yellowknife/ http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/2014/03/19/canadian-seniors-start-saturday-in-yellowknife/#comments Wed, 19 Mar 2014 13:00:04 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/?p=358 The 2014 Canadian Senior Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships officially get underway Saturday in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories — the first time the city and the territory have hosted a national curling championship.

Defending champions, from left, skip Colleen Pinkney, third Wendy Currie, second Shelley MacNutt and lead Susan Creelman from Nova Scotia will open play Saturday in the 2014 Canadian Senior Men's and Women's Curling Championships in Yellowknife. (Photo, CCA)

Defending champions, from left, skip Colleen Pinkney, third Wendy Currie, second Shelley MacNutt and lead Susan Creelman from Nova Scotia will open play Saturday in the 2014 Canadian Senior Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships in Yellowknife. (Photo, CCA)

Twelve men’s and 12 women’s teams will compete in the Canadian Seniors, which takes place March 22-29 at the Yellowknife Curling Centre and Yellowknife Community Arena. At the conclusion of the round robin on March 27, the first-place teams advance to their respective finals, while the second- and third-place teams meet in semifinals on March 28 to determine the other finalists. Both the men’s and women’s finals are scheduled for 2 p.m. MT on Saturday, March 29, at the Community Arena.

Prior to the start of the event though, four men’s and three women’s teams will play a double-knockout qualifying round on Thursday and Friday to determine which two of each gender advance to the main draw.

In men’s, Newfoundland/Labrador, Northern Ontario, Yukon and Nunavut will attempt to qualify while in women’s, only Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Nunavut will do the same, since Yukon is not represented this year. The four lowest-ranked provinces/territories were determined by last year’s results, with host Northwest Territories receiving entries into the main draw for both of its teams.

Among the competing men’s skips this year are Alberta’s Mark Johnson, the 2010 Canadian and 2011 World Seniors champion; Manitoba’s 2011 Canadian champion and 2012 World Seniors silver-medallist Kelly Robertson; along with Brier veterans Ted MacFadyen of P.E.I, Nova Scotia’s Alan O’Leary, Robbie Gordon of Northern Ontario, Lorne Henderson of Newfoundland/Labrador and Darrell McKee of Saskatchewan.

On the women’s side, defending champion skip Colleen Pinkney of Nova Scotia, who also won the 2009 Canadian and 2010 World Seniors crowns, is back, joined by New Brunswick’s Heidi Hanlon, the 2011 Canadian and 2012 World Seniors gold medallist, Scotties veteran and 2012 Canadian Seniors runner-up Cathy Cunningham of Newfoundland/Labrador and two former Olympians: 1988 gold-medallist Penny Shantz of British Columbia and 2006 bronze-medallist Glenys Bakker of Alberta.

In addition, Ontario’s two-time Canadian and World Women’s champion (1986, 1996) Marilyn C. Bodogh will be competing in the pre-qualifying round hoping to make the main draw.

The Canadian Senior Men’s Championship began in 1965 in Port Arthur, Ont. Since then, Manitoba has won a leading 11 titles. The Canadian Senior Women’s Championship began in 1973 in Ottawa. Ontario has won a leading 10 crowns. The championships were conducted separately until being combined in 1985 in Yorkton, Sask.

The winners of the 2014 Canadian Seniors will represent Canada at the 2015 World Senior Curling Championships, at a site and date to be announced by the World Curling Federation. Last year’s Canadian champions, skipped by Pinkney and Wayne Tallon of Fredericton, N.B., are competing in this year’s World Seniors, April 23-30 at Dumfries, Scotland. Since the World Seniors began in 2002, Canada has won eight men’s and nine women’s titles.

Draw results for the 2014 Canadian Seniors will be instantly available at www.curling.ca.

For information about the event, including team rosters and event schedules, visit www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en.

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Newfoundland & Labrador http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/2014/03/05/newfoundland-labrador-2/ http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/2014/03/05/newfoundland-labrador-2/#comments Wed, 05 Mar 2014 18:19:22 +0000 Danny Lamoureux http://www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en/?p=192 newfoundland&labrador-women1

Re/Max Centre, St. John’s
skip: Cathy Cunningham
third: Diane Roberts
second: Heather Martin
lead: Patricia Tiller

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