Two results, one blow-out, one quite a bit closer, but both losses for Newfoundland and Labrador Monday at the 2020 Scotties Tournament of Hearts Canadian women’s curling championship in Moose Jaw, Sask,
Erica Curtis and her St. John’s rink of Erin Porter, Julie Devereaux and Beth Hamilton have a 1-3 record just past the halfway mark of their seven-game preliminary-round schedule.
This after a pair of Monday losses to teams skipped by Scotties veterans.
The Northwest Territories, led by Kerry Galusha, in her 17th Scotties, blasted the Newfoundland entry 14-2 in a morning-draw game that saw NWT steal points — six in all — in three consecutive early ends.
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Afternoon play saw Curtis and Co. lose 9-5 to Nova Scotia, skipped by Mary-Anne Arsenault, who has participated in 14 national women’s championships and won six of them as a member Colleen Jones’s teams.
The Newfoundland rink jumped out to a 3-0 lead, was ahead 5-4 going into the final two ends and curled an overall 81 per cent compared to 77 per cent for the Nova Scotians. But Arsenault scored three points with the hammer to take the lead in the ninth and was officially awarded two more in the 10th as Curtis fell short in her attempts to come up with the tying or winning points.
Newfoundland has one game today, against Suzanne Birt of Prince Edward Island, before finishing pool play on Wednesday with matchups versus British Columbia and the Wild Card entry headed by former Canadian and world champion Jennifer Jones.
The Curtis rink will almost certainly have to win all of its remaining games in order to advance to the championship pool, the next phase of the competition.
The top four finishers in each of the two eight-team preliminary-round pools will advance to the championship pool (taking their records with them). Four of those eight teams will move on to the weekend Page playoffs.
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