Pinkney locked in tight battles at curling nationals

Staff ~ The Truro Daily News
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YELLOWKNIFE, N.T. - The Canadian Senior Women's Curling Championship is becoming a slugfest for Colleen Pinkney.

Colleen Pinkney

The Truro Curling Club skip, joined in Yellowknife by Wendy Currie, Shelley MacNutt and Susan Creelman, enters play today with a 3-4 record after beating P.E.I.'s Jennifer Scott 9-6 in Tuesday's afternoon draw following a pair of one-point losses in her two previous outings.

Pinkney meets Newfoundland's Cathy Cunningham (2-4) today at noon Atlantic time before taking on 1988 Olympic gold medallist Penny Shantz (3-3) of British Columbia at 10 p.m.

Pinkney was nipped 6-5 earlier Tuesday by Alberta's Glenys Bakker (4-2) after getting edged 5-4 by Heidi Hanlon (4-2) of New Brunswick in Monday's late draw. The game was of special interest to many as Pinkney claimed the world championship in 2010 while Hanlon took the crown in 2012.

Pinkney opened with two points in the first end against Scott and stretched the lead to 4-1 in the third end. Scott managed to tie the game 6-6 with two points in the seventh end before Pinkney sealed the deal with a single in the eighth and a deuce in the 10th.

Pinkney held a 1-0 advantage over Bakker, a 2006 Olympic bronze medallist, until the fifth end when Bakker knotted the contest. Pinkney scored two in the sixth for a 3-1 cushion and two more in the eighth for a 5-2 edge. However, Bakker countered with three points in the ninth to tie the game and snatched the win with a single in the 10th.

The matchup with Hanlon was a back-and-forth affair. Pinkney held a 2-1 lead after three ends before the teams exchanged single points in the fourth, fifth and sixth ends. Pinkney scored a single in the eighth for a 4-3 lead before Hanlon won the game on single points in the ninth and 10th ends.

Organizations: Truro Curling Club

Geographic location: Yellowknife, Newfoundland, British Columbia Alberta New Brunswick

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