Nova Scotia Still Undefeated; Québec Alone In Second

Nova Scotia’s Colleen Pinkney is one more win away from a guaranteed playoff spot following a win over Saskatchewan’s Cathy Inglis at the 2013 Canadian Senior Women’s Curling Championship at the Silver Fox Curling & Yacht Club in Summerside, PEI. In the all women’s draw Wednesday night, Pinkney ended Inglis’ four game win streak with an extra end 9-7 victory.  Down 3-2 at the 5th end break, Pinkney scored the game’s first deuce in the 6th to take the lead. Inglis quickly replied with her own score of two in the 7th but, Pinkney came back with a three ender in the 8th. Inglis managed a single in the 9th then stole one in the 10th setting up the overtime. NS lay two in the top twelve foot behind a couple of guards. Inglis’ last stone come around attempt was heavy though and Pinkney did not have to deliver the final stone. Pinkney is 8-0 while Inglis is still in contention at 4-4 Québec’s Catherine Derick took sole possession of second place at 6-2 having a fairly easy time with NWT’s Ann McKellar-Gillis. Bolstered by a five count in the 4th end, Derick went on to a 13-1 win. In a prairie match-up, Fowler was up against Alberta’s Deb Santos. Scores of three in the 5th and two in the 7th put Manitoba ahead 7-3 at that point. But then the wheels came off as Santos took two in the eighth, stole a single in the 9th and then stunned Fowler with a steal of two in the 10th end. The final score: 8-7 Alberta.

New Brunswick Skip Heidi Hanlon
photo by Winston Maund

Heidi Hanlon is at 5-3 in a three way tie for third place with Manitoba and Alberta. 2011 Canadian Senior champ Hanlon kept pace with a 10-3 win over Nola Murphy of Summerside, PEI.  Murphy sits at 1-7. Northern Ontario’s Vicky Barrett kept her playoff hopes alive with a 8-2 win over NL’s Laura Phillips. Barrett is on the bubble at 4-4 while Phillips drops to 3-5. BC’s Karen Lepine, despite fracturing her left wrist prior to the first game, is on a bit of a move, improving her record to 4-4 in defeating Ontario’s Judy Oryniak 8-7 in an extra end. Oryniak is at 1-7. All results can be found at here. The draw schedule can be found here. The list of teams participating in this seniors championships can be found here. Statistics for previous games played in the round robin can be found here. Play continues all week with the championship finals for both genders scheduled for Sunday, March 24 at 10:00 am EST. The winners will represent Canada at the 2014 World Seniors at a location yet to be announced.