Seven teams undefeated at senior curling championships

Jason Simmonds
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Including P.E.I.s Mel Bernard


SUMMERSIDE -- A total of seven teams -- four men and three women -- are undefeated after Day 1 of the 2009 Canadian senior curling championships at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club.

Defending champion Eugene Hritzuk of Saskatchewan, P.E.I.'s Mel Bernard, Newfoundland and Labrador's Bill Jenkins and New Brunswick's Russ Howard all sport identical 2-0 (won-lost) records.

In women's play, Nova Scotia's Colleen Pinkney, Saskatchewan's Deb Thierman and Manitoba's Lois Fowler are all 2-0 after four draws.

P.E.I.'s Shirley Berry of the Cornwall Curling Club is 0-2 after losing 9-6 to Ontario's Cheryl McBain and 7-6 to Alberta's Peggy Harper.

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 Dunedin, New Zealand, from April 24 to May 3, 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 in Draw 1, and scored a single point with last-rock advantage in an extra end to get by Alberta 7-6 in the fourth draw.

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 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. The P.E.I. teams play Saskatchewan at 7:30 p.m.

Organizations: Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club, Cornwall Curling Club

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

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