Wayne Tallon added two more wins on Saturday to remain undefeated in the round robin at the 2014 World Senior Curling Championships in Dumfries, Scotland.
Tallon and his Fredericton, N.B., team of third Mike Kennedy, second Mike Flannery, lead Wade Blanchard, alternate Charles Kingston and coach Bill Tschirhart started the day with a close 5-4 victory over Norway’s Tormod Andreassen. Trailing 4-3 after six, the Canadians blanked the seventh and were able to score their deuce in the eighth for the win.
Tallon had an easier game against Latvia’s Pēteris Šveisbergs in Saturday’s final draw. Steals in the fourth and fifth ends put Canada ahead 5-1. Although Šveisbergs scored his deuce in the sixth, Canada hit out for the 6-3 win.
The Canadian men now sit at the top of the leaderboard in their pool with a 5-0 record, followed by Australia, also undefeated at 4-0, and Norway with a 4-1 record. On Sunday, the Canadian men will meet the only other undefeated team in their pool, Australia, skipped by former Canadian Hugh Millikin.
The Canadian senior women led by Colleen Pinkney of Truro, N.S., (third Wendy Currie, second Shelley MacNutt, lead Susan Creelman, alternate Judy Burgess and coach Bill Tschirhart) had the day off and will face Finland’s Kirsti Kauste and Australia’s Sandy Gagnon on Sunday as the round robin continues.
The round-robin draws for the World Seniors will run through to April 29 before the playoffs get underway. There are 25 senior men’s teams, split into three pools (one nine-team pool, two eight-team pools); 15 senior women’s teams, split into two pools (one eight-team pool, one seven-team pool).
On April 30, the senior men’s and women’s gold-medal and bronze-medal games are scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Eastern.
For live scores and standings from the World Seniors Championship, go to: wscc2014.curlingevents.com/.