Truro foursome wins provincial title in convincing fashion
TRURO - Judy Burgess liked winning a provincial masters curling title so much in 2013, she decided to do the same again this year.
Burgess and her Truro Curling Club rink of Helen Brightman, Karen Hennigar and Penny Neily defeated Dartmouth's Louanne Labelle 8-2 Monday in seven ends to successfully defend her crown.
The win earns Burgess a spot at the national masters championship March 31 to Apr. 6 in Coaldale, Alta. Last year's event was in Thunder Bay, Ont.
"It's really nice to win back-to-back titles," Burgess, a Middle Musquodoboit resident, said. "It definitely feels good."
The victory gave Burgess a 4-1 record at the event, her only blemish coming in the form of a 6-5 loss to Labelle earlier in the event.
"So we were determined to come out and get her back," Burgess said.
That she did.
After the teams swapped points in the first and second ends, Burgess scored two in the fourth and another in the fifth for a 4-1 lead. Labelle battled back with a single point in the sixth end but Burgess finished her opponent with four points in the seventh end.
Burgess turned aside the unaffiliated Frankie Amos 9-3 in the semifinal after finishing the preliminary round with a 10-7 victory over Amos.
She also defeated Highlander's Leona Williams 7-6.
Burgess said her foursome was simply clicking through the four-day event.
"The ice was very good," she said. "It was keen and easy to play and we picked up on it. We just seemed to play well."
The victory also earned Burgess a berth in the Maritime maters championship in Charlottetown in two weeks. The male and female winner and runner-up from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and P.E.I. each compete in the event intended as a tune-up for nationals.
Another Truro team has placed itself in good position to claim the masters mens title today.
Dwayne Green (7-1), along with Wayne Sisson, Larry Higgins and Ralph Murphy, faces Steve Ogden (4-2) in the final at 9:30 a.m. By virtue of winning both the A and C brackets, Green, a Salmon River resident, has double life in the final. If a second game is needed to decide a winner, it is schedule for 2 p.m.
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