With a berth in Sunday’s final already guaranteed, Pinkney fell 8-4 to Manitoba’s Lois Fowler yesterday. The game was close until the fifth end when Fowler scored three to open up a 6-2 lead.
The loss dropped Pinkney’s round-robin record to 10-1, still tops overall. Pinkney curled 74 per cent in the match. Lead Susan Creelman topped the team with an 83 per cent percentage, second Shelley MacNutt curled 70 per cent and mate Wendy Currie shot 72 per cent.
In semifinal play Saturday, Alberta’s Deb Santos will meet the winner of Friday night’s tie-breaker between Manitoba and Quebec.
The final will start at 11 a.m.
The national champion advances to the 2014 worlds, the site of which has yet to be announced.
The Pinkney rink won the 2009 national title and the world title the next year.