Newfoundland & Labrador’s Cathy Cunningham defeated Nancy Delahunt’s Nova Scotia foursome 5-3 in today’s women’s semi final at the 2012 Canadian Senior Women’s Curling Championship in Abbotsford, BC. Cunningham’s team from RE/MAX Centre in St. John’s now advance to Sunday’s championship final against Cathy King of Alberta.
The first half of the game was ultra-conservative with a steal of one point by NS (Colleen Jones throwing last stones) in the 2nd end being the only point on a scoreboard full of zeros. After the break, however, Cunningham went hard and was rewarded with a score of three points and a 3-1 lead.
The 7th end was blanked leading to an interesting 8th end. Nova Scotia had a corner guard and tried positioning stones behind it. Cunningham’s team knocked them out but their delivered stones hung around behind the tee-line. A jammed stone by NL third Diane Roberts left NS a chance to get two stones in play which they did. Cunningham missed the double, but sat beside the NS counter for shot stone. Jones’ attempted freeze/tap came up short guarding NL’s shot stone. The St. John’s skip tried to draw around a stone in the top 12 to lay two, but gently touched the guard. Jones was left with a tap for one. Her attempt was narrow, her stone curled up, raising the NL stone into the four foot for a steal of two and a 5-1 lead playing the 9th.
Nova Scotia made a good draw for one in the 9th to close the gap to 5-2 and managed to put three stones in the house in the 10th but each accessible. Cunningham made the simple hit and the game was over.
Cunningham, third Diane Roberts, second Peg Goss and lead Tish Tiller lost 6-5 to King in the round robin.
Nova Scotia will be awarded the bronze medal.
The championship final will be held at 2:00pm EST on Sunday, March 25.