The host province’s Mike Fournier opened up play at the 2013 Canadian Mixed Curling Championship with a 9-5 win over the Yukon’s Steve Fecteau in the first round of play at the TMR Curling Club in Town of Mount-Royal, Qc.
Fournier scored a deuce in the 2nd end followed by a steal of one in the 3rd end. Fecteau evened the score with two in the 4th end but relinquished the lead when Fournier scored three points in the 5th end. Fecteau made it interesting for the home town crowd with a steal of one in the 7th. However, Fournier calmly drew for one in the 8th and then sealed the win with a steal of two in the 9th and final end.
1989 and 2011 Canadian Mixed Champion Robert Campbell of PEI was not as fortunate in the opening round losing decisively to pre-qualifier Brent MacDougall of Nova Scotia by a score of 9-3. With the score tied at three, the CFB Halifax skip scored a three in the 6th followed by steals of one in the 7th and two in the 8th to end the game.
BC’s Tom Buchy won his first game with an equally decisive 10-3 victory over NWT’s Nick Saturnino from Inuvik. A key two ender in the 5th end and a steal of three in the 6th were key in the Kimberley CC skip’s win.
In an upset of sorts, Manitoba’s Terry McNamee, that provinces most accomplished mixed curler with five national appearances, went down to defeat against a strong Saskatchewan foursome led by Jeff Hartung of Lanenburg. Hartung scored three points in the second end leading 4-1 after four ends. McNamee rebounded with a three in the 5th to tie the game. Singles were traded until the 9th end when Hartung stole a singleton to go up by two playing the final end. Hartung’s capable crew then ran their Manitoba opposition out of stones in the 10th.
All winners are now 1-0 while losers drop to 0-1.
Alberta’s Kurt Balderston, Northern Ontario’s Mike Assad, Ontario’s Cory Heggestad and New Brunswick’s James Gratton had first round byes.
Play continues all week at the TMR Curling Club in the Town of Mount Royal, Quebec (part of greater Montréal) with the championship final set for 2:00 pm EST on Saturday, November 24th.
Real time results are available at www.curling.ca
Sunday’s game times are 10:00 am, 2:30 pm and 7:00 pm; all times EST.