Quebec skip Pierre Charette urges on his sweepers

Quebec skip Pierre Charette urges on his sweepers

King suffers first loss, but continues to lead at Canadian Seniors Curling Championships

An Alberta rink finally suffered a defeat on Tuesday at the Canadian Seniors Curling Championships in Abbotsford.



An Alberta rink finally suffered a defeat on Tuesday at the Canadian Seniors Curling Championships in Abbotsford.

Cathy King, facing defending senior women’s champion Heidi Hanlon of New Brunswick in Draw 11, built a 5-0 lead through four ends. But Hanlon came roaring back, scoring five over the next three ends to knot the score, en route to a gritty 7-6 win.

King still tops the field at 6-1 – in her second game of the day, she scored three in the tenth end to knock off Ontario’s Nancy Harrison 8-6.

Nipping at King’s heels is Saskatchewan’s Darlene Gillies, who improved to 5-1 with a 5-4 victory over PEI’s Shirley Berry.

Tied for third at 5-2 are Nova Scotia’s Nancy Delahunt (with Colleen Jones throwing last rocks) and Newfoundland and Labrador’s Cathy Cunningham.

On the men’s side, Alberta’s Rob Armitage continues to clip along, leading the pack at 6-0. He beat the Yukon’s George Hilderman 9-5 in his lone game of the day Tuesday.

But B.C.’s Dennis Graber and Glenn Goss of Newfoundland and Labrador are keeping pace. Graber’s Prince George foursome improved to 6-1 after picking up a pair of wins Tuesday, knocking off Northern Ontario’s Rob Gordon 5-3 and defending champ Kelly Robertson of Manitoba 9-3.

Goss beat New Brunswick’s Mark Armstrong 9-5, and sits at 5-1.

Wednesday’s draws run at 9 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at Abbotsford Recreation Centre. For more information, visit the host committee website at www.canadianseniors2012.com.