Alberta in Semi Final: Tiebreaker for Third Place at Senior Women

Alberta’s Deb Santos did her job in the final round robin game at the 2013 Canadian Senior Women’s Curling Championship at the Silver Fox Curling & Yacht Club in Summerside, PEI. Santos faced a must win situation with Northern Ontario’s Vicky Barrett and win she did. She led 7-2 at the break and coasted to a 9-5 victory and a berth in the semi final Saturday, March 23rd at 1:30pm EST. With teammates, Jackie Rae Greening, Diana Backer and Glenna Rubin, Alberta will have hammer in the first end of the the semi final as she finished alone at 8-3. Quebec’s Catherine Derick was hoping to join her in the semi final but couldn’t overcome BC’s Karen Lepine. Derick had a near impossible shot to win the game in the 10th losing 7-6. Derick now drops to a tie-breaker against Manitoba’s Lois Fowler who kept her title hopes alive by knocking off the previously unbeaten Colleen Pinkney of Nova Scotia. A big three ender in the 5th sent her on her way to that tiebreaker game against Quebec. That game will be played at 8:00 am EST. The winner will face Alberta. The winner of the semi final will face Pinkney who earned the bye to the championship final with her 10-1 win/loss record. Northern Ontario’s Barrett finished at 6-5 with the loss to Alberta and is joined by NB’s Heidi Halon, the 2011 Canadian champion. Three teams finished at 5-6: Saskatchewan’s Cathy Inglis, BC’s Karen Lepine and Newfoundland & Labrador’s Laura Phillips. At 3-8 were Ontario’s Judy Oryniak and NWT’s Ann McKellar-Gillis. Rounding out the field was the hometown team of Nola Murphy at 1-10. Final results can be found at 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. 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.