Ontario’s Nancy Harrison, Alberta’s Cathy King and Newfoundland’s Cathy Cunningham forged to the front of the pack on opening day of the Canadian Seniors Curling Championships at Abbotsford Recreation Centre.
On Saturday, Harrison followed up an impressive 5-2 decision in Draw 1 against Manitoba with a workmanlike performance in an 8-5 win over Darla Esch of Northern Ontario.
Harrison took two in the second end followed by a steal of one in the third. Despite a steal of one by Esch in the seventh and then a deuce in the ninth to tie the game, Harrison did not have to throw her last stone when Esch’s attempt to get behind cover wrecked on the guard.
Joining her at 2-0 are two Cathys: Newfoundland and Labrador’s Cunningham, and Alberta’s King. Cunningham continued her strong play with a decisive 12-5 win over Saskatchewan’s Darlene Gillies, while King’s foursome defeated a stubborn Ann McKellar-Gillis of the Northwest Territories 9-7.
Teams at 1-1 include Northern Ontario, Saskatchewan, B.C., Nova Scotia, Quebec and New Brunswick. Teams at 0-2 and still seeking their first win are Northwest Territories, Manitoba and PEI.
On the men’s side, through one draw, the B.C. rink skipped by Dennis Graber joined Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Northern Ontario and Newfoundland/Labrador at 1-0.