P.E.I. women pick up first win

Eric McCarthy
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1-2 record heading into todays draws

P.E.I. third stone Arleen Harris, left, and lead Carol Sweetapple sweep a rock during Saturdays action at the 2009 Canadian senior curling championships at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club in Summerside. Harris and Sweetapple are members of Shirley B

SUMMERSIDE -- Shirley Berry and her Cornwall Curling Club team of Arleen Harris, Danielle Girard and Carol Sweetapple picked up the first win for the P.E.I. women at the Canadian Seniors Curling Championships here, an 8-4 decision over Saskatchewan's Deb Thierman. Five of their points were on steals. They have a 1-2 record going into today's games at the Fox.
Berry was delighted to get a game in the win column. "They played fantastic," she beamed about her teammates. While they were sometimes heavy with their guards in the first half of the game, she acknowledged, weight was right on the rest of the way. "The last two ends they never missed a peel."
Berry took control early. With nothing in the house, she had an easy blank in the first end. She took two in the second and went up 3-0 with a steal in the third. Thierman made a great tap back onto her own rock which then angled onto Berry's shot rock to count three in the fourth. It was pretty much Berry the rest of the way - a single in the fifth, steals of one, two and one in the next three ends. Thierman got one in the ninth and Berry ran her out of stones in the tenth.
For Berry, the seventh end was the deal-breaker. "There were a lot of rocks out front in the seventh end. We had two buried. She couldn't get at them. The ice was curling," she said. "If you don't have the right weight it will curl."
After two close losses, Berry said the win felt good. "We really thought we had the first game (against Ontario Saturday)," she said. "We played well enough to win."
And now that they have a win? "Hopefully we can keep it up."
In their games today, P.E.I. faces Northern Ontario at4:30 and are back out at 8:30 p.m. against Quebec.
Leading the way for the women is Manitoba's Lois Fowler rink from Brandon. They went to 4-0 with an 11-4 win over Northern Ontario Sunday night..
Nova Scotia's 9-2 win over Alberta in the evening draw gave them a 3-0 summary. They are followed by British Columbia, 3-1; Saskatchewan and Ontario, 2-1; Northern Ontario, 2-2; Alberta and P.E.I., 1-2; New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador and Yukon/Northwest Territories, 1-3 and Quebec, 0-3.

Organizations: Cornwall Curling Club, Fox

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

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