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Team Newfoundland and Labrador drops first game at Scotties

Newfoundland and Labrador skip Sarah Hill — Andrew Klaver/Curling Canada
Newfoundland and Labrador skip Sarah Hill. — Andrew Klaver/Curling Canada

Sarah Hill’s St. John’s rink falls to P.E.I.'s Suzanne Birt

CALGARY, Alta. —

Following a quick 2-0 start at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, Sarah Hill’s St. John’s team lost its first game at the Canadian women’s curling championship Monday afternoon in Calgary, a 12-8 decision to Suzanne Birt of P.E.I.

Birt enjoyed a trio of three-point ends to improve to 3-1.

Holding hammer, Birt scored three in the first end, and then added three more in the third for a comfortable 6-1 lead.

After Hill scored one in the fourth and three of her own in the sixth, Birt picked up one in the fifth end, and a deuce in the seventh end to go ahead 9-5. Hill, Beth Hamilton, Lauren Barron and Adrienne Mercer from the Re-Max Centre/St. John’s Curling Club got right back in the game in the eighth end with three points.

It stood 9-8 until the ninth end when Birt counted three to seal the victory.

Tracy Fleury’s Wild Card I team and Quebec’s Cynhia St-Georges join Birt at 3-1 in Pool B. Sherry Anderson of Saskatchewan is also 2-1. Jennifer Jones of Manitoba is 2-2.

Newfoundland plays Manitoba's Jennifer Jones noon today, and Corryn Brown of B.C. (1-2) 10 p.m. today (N.L. time).


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