A wild finish to the round robin at the Canadian Seniors Curling Championships on Friday saw Ontario’s Brian Lewis and Newfoundland and Labrador’s Glenn Goss lock up semifinal berths on the men’s side.
Those two rinks, along with B.C.’s Dennis Graber and Northern Ontario’s Robbie Gordon, came into Draw 22 at Abbotsford Recreation Centre with matching 7-3 records. With Alberta’s Rob Armitage (10-1) having already clinched a berth into Sunday’s final, those four teams were battling it out for the two semifinal spots.
Graber’s Prince George rink dropped a 9-7 decision to New Brunswick’s Mark Armstrong. The home-province squad nearly clawed all the way back from a 7-1 deficit, but Armstrong made a draw in the 10th end to seal the victory.
Armitage’s Red Deer rink wrapped up the round robin with a 7-4 win over Gordon, leaving the Northern Ontario team tied with Graber at 7-4 and needing one of the other two rinks to lose to get into a tiebreaker.
But neither Lewis nor Goss would co-operate. Lewis crushed Quebec’s Pierre Charette 9-3, while Goss eked out a 6-5 win over PEI’s Charlie Wilkinson.
Those two rinks will meet in the men’s semifinal at 7 p.m. on Saturday, with the winner moving on to meet Armitage in Sunday’s final at 11 a.m.
The women’s round robin wrapped up in significantly less dramatic fashion, as Newfoundland’s Cathy Cunningham (9-2) and Nova Scotia’s Nancy Delahunt (8-3) claimed the semifinal spots in their second-last games.
They clash at 2 p.m. on Saturday, with the winner advancing to meet Alberta’s Cathy King (9-2) in the final at 11 a.m. Sunday.