Playoff race heats up at The Dominion Curling Club Championship
Playoff races are still not settled heading into final round robin games of the Women’s Draw at The Dominion Curling Club Championship.With just one round of games to go, the women’s playoff picture is still up in the air for as many as seven teams battling on the ice at the Richmond Curling Club in Richmond, B.C. The “Grey” pool includes three teams—Manitoba, Northern Ontario and Alberta – tied for first place with 4 and 1 records. While Manitoba sat out Draw 12 with a bye, Northern Ontario’s Melanie Patry scored 4 in the first end and stole points in five and six to defeat The Yukon’ s Sherry MacInnis 11-1. Alberta’s Kendra Nakagama and her team from the Lethbridge Curling Club scored a 7-ender on their way to a 10-2 win over Northwest Territories. And don’t forget New Brunswick—Shannon Tatlock of the Beausejour Curling Club stole a point in the last end to defeat B.C. 5-4 in a game that knocked the home province out of contention. New Brunswick has now won three in a row after starting 0 and 2, and one of those wins was against Manitoba on Thursday afternoon. They need to win Friday morning against Northwest Territories, and get some help from Alberta, to make a tie-breaker. The “Blue” pool is slightly less complicated. Ontario’s Jodi McCutcheon of High Park came from behind with 3 points in the seventh end to beat PEI 6-4 and improve to a perfect 5-0. Saskatchewan is at 4-1 after a bye, and Quebec fell to 3 and 2 with a 6-5 loss to Newfoundland and Labrador. Ontario plays Saskatchewan in Friday’s final round robin draw in a game that will decide first place. Quebec needs to win their final game, and have Ontario beat Saskatchewan, to keep their playoff hopes alive. In the only game with no playoff implications, Nova Scotia beat Nunavut 9-0. The Dominion Curling Club Championship is Canada’s first national championship for men’s and women’s curling teams at the club level. The event is fully funded and operated by The Dominion of Canada General Insurance Company. The Dominion is a proud supporter of curling across Canada and has been a strong supporter of the Canadian Paraplegic Association for over 13 years. Canadian owned and operated since 1887, today The Dominion is one of the country’s largest home, car and business insurers. Get to know The Dominion by visiting thedominion.ca.