N.S. women maintain top spot

Jason Simmonds
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SUMMERSIDE - Nova Scotia's Colleen Pinkney will enter Day 5 of the 2009 Canadian senior curling championships in first place.
But despite a 6-0 (won-lost) resume, Pinkney doesn't have a lot of room for error as Manitoba's Lois Fowler (7-1) and British Columbia's Kathy Smiley (7-1) are also eying top spot.

Nova Scotia third stone Wendy Currie, right, and second stone Karen Hennigar offer congratulations to skip Colleen Pinkney on a well-placed shot in Tuesdays contest against Northern Ontario at the 2009 Canadian senior curling championships in Summerside.

SUMMERSIDE - Nova Scotia's Colleen Pinkney will enter Day 5 of the 2009 Canadian senior curling championships in first place.
But despite a 6-0 (won-lost) resume, Pinkney doesn't have a lot of room for error as Manitoba's Lois Fowler (7-1) and British Columbia's Kathy Smiley (7-1) are also eying top spot.
Pinkney scored four with the hammer in the eighth end to break a 5-5 tie in a 9-6 win over Northern Ontario's Barbara Ward (4-3) on Tuesday afternoon.
"We started off strong and they just kept digging and picking away at us," said Pinkney. "They had a couple of really good ends and kept putting pressure on us."
Trailing 5-2 after five ends, Northern Ontario scored a single in the sixth end and then stole a deuce in the seventh to pull even. However, an experienced Nova Scotia rink didn't panic.
"We talked it over and decided to keep playing our game and that we were still in control," said Pinkney. "We started to come back and make a few more shots and got them in some pressure situations."
Manitoba generated back-to-back deuces in the final two ends for a 7-6 win over Saskatchewan's Deb Thierman (3-4).
British Columbia won 5-4 over Ontario's Cheryl McBain (4-3) in morning action and 8-3 versus Quebec's Rolande Madore (2-5) in the evening's 14th draw.
P.E.I.'s Shirley Berry (1-5) of the Cornwall Curling Club dropped a 9-7 decision to Newfoundland and Labrador's Barbara Pinsent (3-4) in the evening draw.
The difference in the game was a five-ender for Newfoundland and Labrador in the second end. P.E.I. trailed 7-3 after five ends, but rallied to tie the score in the eighth end.

Truro Curling Club
Pinkney, third stone Wendy Currie, second stone Karen Hennigar and lead Susan Creelman curl out of the Truro Curling Club.
"This is our second year together as a senior team, although we've curled together off and on over the years," explained Pinkney. "It's Susan Creelman's first year at a national. Wendy Currie comes with lots of experience, anything from national juniors to mixed to Scotties and now seniors. Karen Hennigar has been to the Scott, two seniors and was an all-star second stone once, and this is my fifth national.
"I think that (experience) has helped us with our confidence level as well."
Nova Scotia will face British Columbia's Kathy Smiley (7-1) and Wendy Ondrack (2-6) of the Northwest Territories/Yukon today.
"Everybody is more relaxed at the seniors and it's a really nice environment to be in," said Pinkney. "We are loving it here and are making a lot of new friends.
"Everyone, win or lose, seems to be in a good frame of mind, and everybody is having a real good time. Summerside is doing an awesome job of hosting it."

jpsports@journalpioneer.com

Organizations: Cornwall Curling Club, Truro Curling Club

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

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