Pinkney and her Truro Curling Club rink edged P.E.I.’s Nola Murphy foursome from the host Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club 11-8 in Wednesday’s noon-hour draw to improve to 9-0 (won-lost). Three teams – Quebec’s Catherine Derick, Alberta’s Deb Santos and Manitoba’s Lois Fowler – are tied for second place at 6-3. All 12 women's teams have two round-robin games remaining.
The first-place men and women’s teams after the round robin earn a bye directly into Sunday’s championship games at noon. The second- and third-place teams will play in the semifinals on Saturday.
The loss dropped P.E.I.’s record to 1-8, but the Islanders gave the 2009 Canadian senior champions all they could handle. P.E.I. fought back to tie the game 8-8, and Nova Scotia scored three points in the 10th end for the win.
In other key games, Northern Ontario’s Vicky Barrett defeated Quebec 7-4; Alberta scored back-to-back deuces in the ninth and 10th ends to edge British Columbia’s Karen Lepine 7-6; Manitoba held on to edge Newfoundland and Labrador’s Laura Phillips 7-6, and the Northwest Territories’ Ann McKellar-Gillis handed New Brunswick’s Heidi Hanlon an 11-7 setback. Hanlon fell to 4-4.
In the other noon-hour game, Saskatchewan’s Cathy Inglis handed Ontario’s Judy Oryniak an 8-3 defeat.
The women are back on the ice for a full slate of six games tonight at 8 p.m.
See complete coverage in Friday’s Journal Pioneer.