To The Playoff Round for Senior Women in Abbotsford
Despite a few hiccups in the last draw of the round robin at the Canadian Senior Women’s Curling Championship in Abbotsford, BC, the playoff round is set to go this weekend. Scores & StandingsCathy King was upset 5-4 by Northern Ontario’s Darla Esch. The North Bay skip scored a well played three in the 9th end to break the game open. King had a chance to tie in the last end but her takeout rolled too far. King finished the round robin at 9-2 tied with Newfoundland & Labrador’s Cathy Cunningham. King had beaten Cunningham in the round robin guaranteeing her a place in Sunday’s championship final. Cunningham defeated a stubborn Shirley Berry from PEI 8-6 for her ninth win advancing to Saturday’s semi final against Nova Scotia’s Nancy Delahunt. Delahunt finished her round robin with a 6-4 loss to Manitoba denying her the hammer in the semi final as her record is 8-3. The semi final tilt is set for 2:00pm Pacific on Saturday, March 24. The remaining games had Quebec’s Odette Trudel stun BC’s Penny Shantz 8-6 with steals of one in the 8th and 9th ends to tie the game and then a steal of two in the 10th end. Quebec had a relatively successful week at 5-6 emerging from the pre-qualifier a week ago Thursday. BC drops to 4-7. The defending senior women’s champion, Heidi Hanlon of the Thistle-St. Andrews in Saint John, finished her week on a high note as she prepares to represent Canada next month at the world seniors. After starting the event 1-4, she posted 6 consecutive wins, including a 6-5 win over Saskatchewan’s Darlene Gillies, to finish 7-4 and in 4th place one game out of the playoffs. Joining Quebec at 5-6 are four other teams. Saskatchewan, Manitoba’s Laurie Deprez, Quebec, and Northern Ontario. PEI finished at 3-8 and the NWT’s Ann McKellar-Gillis at 1-10. The Canadian Senior Women’s champion will represent Canada at the 2013 World Senior Championships next April at a site to be announced.