Senior curlers hit ice for nationals in Summerside

Jason Simmonds
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SUMMERSIDE - Defending champion Eugene Hritzuk of Saskatchewan was just one of seven teams still undefeated after the opening day of the Canadian senior curling championships.
On the men's side, Hritzuk, P.E.I's Mel Bernard, Newfoundland and Labrador's Bill Jenkins and New Brunswick's Russ Howard all sported identical 2-0 records Saturday.
In women's play, Nova Scotia's Colleen Pinkney, Saskatchewan's Deb Thierman and Manitoba's Lois Fowler are 2-0 after four draws.
The winning rinks will represent Canada at the 2010 world senior championships, with the site and dates to be announced.
Hritzuk, who along with Pat Sanders of British Columbia, will wear the Canadian colours at the 2009 world seniors in New Zealand, defeated Alberta's David Olsen 6-4 and Quebec's Mike Carson 5-3.
Bernard overcame a 4-0 deficit and stole five points en route to a 9-6 victory over Ontario's Bruce Delaney, and scored a single point with last-rock advantage in an extra end to edge Alberta 7-6.
Jenkins defeated British Columbia's Brian Gessner 8-5 and Brad Whitehead of the Yukon/Northwest Territories 12-6.
Howard beat Northern Ontario's Ian Fisher 6-2 and Manitoba's Brent Strachen 6-5 in an extra end.
Pinkney trimmed Quebec's Rolande Madore 10-2 and Ontario's Cheryl McBain 8-2; Thierman outlasted Alberta's Peggy Harper 11-9 and Quebec 8-5, and Fowler downed Wendy Ondrack of the Yukon Northwest Territories 9-3 and New Brunswick's Sharon Levesque 9-5.
Round-robin play continues at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club on Sunday.
(Summerside Journal Pioneer)

Organizations: Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club, Summerside Journal

Geographic location: Summerside, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick Quebec Manitoba British Columbia Alberta Ontario Newfoundland and Labrador Nova Scotia Canada New Zealand Yukon Northwest Territories Northern Ontario

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