Alberta rinks leading the way at Canadian Seniors Curling Championships

Alberta rinks continued to roll on Monday, the third day of the Canadian Seniors Curling Championships in Abbotsford.

Doreen Gares and Lesley McEwan of Team Alberta sweep a rock as skip Cathy King looks on.

Doreen Gares and Lesley McEwan of Team Alberta sweep a rock as skip Cathy King looks on.

Alberta rinks continued to roll on Monday, the third day of the Canadian Seniors Curling Championships in Abbotsford.

Through ten draws at Abbotsford Recreation Centre, the only two undefeated teams in the field hailed from the province directly to the east – Rob Armitage on the men’s side, and Cathy King on the women’s.

Their early success is in keeping with what has been a season of Alberta dominance at the national championships – Edmonton’s Heather Nedohin won the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, while Brendan Bottcher and Jocelyn Peterman won the Canadian men’s and women’s junior titles, respectively.

In the morning draw on Monday, King, the 1998 women’s world champion out of Edmonton’s Saville Sports Centre, scored three in both the third and fifth ends, and cruised to an 11-5 triumph over Quebec’s Odette Trudel.

She boosted her record to 5-0 in Draw 9, winning 9-4 over the Nova Scotia rink skipped by Nancy Delahunt with Colleen Jones throwing last rocks.

Ontario’s Nancy Harrison had matched King’s 3-0 start over the first two days, and she seemed well on her way to a fourth win on Monday morning, leading Cunningham 6-3 heading to the eighth end. But Cunningham rallied for an 8-6 victory.

Cunningham is in second place on the women’s side at 5-1, while Saskatchewan’s Darlene Gillies is 4-1.

On the men’s side, Armitage’s Red Deer foursome boosted its record to 5-0 with decisive victories on Monday over New Brunswick’s Mark Armstrong (10-4) and Nova Scotia’s Dave McCusker (9-4).

B.C.’s Dennis Graber and Newfoundland and Labrador’s Glenn Goss are hot on Armitage’s heels at 4-1.

• The tournament continues all week at ARC, culminating in the finals on Sunday at 11 a.m. For a complete schedule, visit canadianseniors2012.com.