Saskatchewan’s Lorraine Arguin took sole possession of first place in the women’s standings at the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championship on Wednesday morning in Yellowknife, N.W.T., with a 9-6 win over Ontario’s Marilyn Bodogh.
Both teams came into the game tied with Manitoba’s Lois Fowler at the top of the leaderboard. Saskatchewan trailed 6-5 after eight ends, but a huge score of four in the ninth end put the team from the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre in the lead for good.
Behind Arguin, Fowler (6-1) now sits in second place, with Bodogh in third, tied with New Brunswick’s Heidi Hanlon with a 6-2 record. Hanlon stole the last three ends of her morning game on the way to a 6-5 victory over Prince Edward Island’s Jennifer Scott (3-5).
In other women’s game this morning, Colleen Pinkney (4-4) of Nova Scotia scored one in an extra end to defeat Cathy Cunningham (2-6) of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Catherine Derick of Quebec (3-5) ran Northwest Territories’ Ann McKellar-Gillis (1-7) out of stones in an eight-end 10-5 victory.
On the men’s side, Alan O’Leary of Nova Scotia took a firmer hold on first place after stealing a deuce in the final end to defeat George Hilderman of Whitehorse, Yukon, 10-7. The win gives the team from the Mayflower Curling Club in Halifax a 7-1 record, while NWT slips to 4-4.
The hometown team from Yellowknife, skipped by Glen Hudy (2-6), gave up four in the final end on the way to a 9-6 loss to Quebec’s Denis Laflamme (3-5).
Peter MacFadyen of PEI (2-6) scored a couple of triples to defeat Saskatchewan’s Darrell McKee 9-5 in eight ends. Both teams share a 2-6 record with NWT’s Hudy and New Brunswick’s Mark Armstrong. In his Draw 12 game, Armstrong gave up three steals and a big three points in the final end of a 9-5 loss to Peter Mellor of Ontario (5-3).
The winners of the 2014 Canadian Seniors will represent Canada at the 2015 World Senior Curling Championships, at a site and date to be announced by the World Curling Federation. Last year’s Canadian champions, skipped by Colleen Pinkney of Truro, N.S., and Wayne Tallon of Fredericton, N.B., are competing in this year’s World Seniors, April 23-30 at Dumfries, Scotland. Since the World Seniors began in 2002, Canada has won eight men’s and nine women’s titles.
Draw results for the 2014 Canadian Seniors will be instantly available at www.curling.ca.
For information about the event, including team rosters and event schedules, visit www.curling.ca/2014seniors-en.