New Brunswick & Alberta move on!

In semi final action tonight, New Brunswick’s Heidi Hanlon, with machine-like precision, beat Saskatchewan’s Delores Syrota 8-5 to advance to the championship final of the World Financial Group Canadian Seniors.

photo by Thian Carman

Hanlon scored two points with the hammer in the first, third  and fifth ends while giving up only singles to Saskatchewan. Hanlon roared out to a 6-2 lead at the break and then coasted home from there.  Hanlon will meet Ontario’s Joyce Potter in the championship final in Digby, NS at 1:00 pm (EST). In the round robin, Potter bested Hanlon. This will be the second consecutive year for Hanlon to reach the senior women’s final losing last season to BC’s Chris Jurgenson. It was disappointment for the men from St. John’s, NL as they gave up a deuce in the 10th end to lose to Alberta’s Brad Hannah. It was an extremely well played game culminating in Gary Greening (throwing last stone for Hannah) drawing the four foot for the winning pair to edge Jeff Thomas 6-5. Alberta will now face fellow westerner Kelly Robertson of Manitoba who led the round robin with 10 wins and only a single loss which, interestingly enough, was to Hanna 7-5. The men’s final is also at 1:00 pm (EST) on Saturday.