YELLOWKNIFE, N.W.T. - Colleen Pinkney started a charge up the leaderboard Thursday at the Canadian Senior Women's Curling Championship in Yellowknife.
The Truro Curling Club skip and defending national champion, along with Wendy Currie, Shelley MacNutt and Susan Creelman, posted a 9-6 win over Quebec's Catherine Derick (3-8) to improve to 6-4 at the event.
Her record had Pinkney slotted in fourth spot before she met Ann McKellar-Gillis (1-9) of the Northwest Territories in Thursday's late draw.
Pinkney, who also won the 2009 national championship and 2010 world crown, will be competing in semifinal action today, however matchups were not known at press time.
Pinkney jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second end against Derick and extended her cushion to 7-1 after four ends. Pinkney added two more in the seventh for a 9-3 edge before Derick closed the matchup with two points in the eighth and another in the ninth.
The victory came after Pinkney doubled 1988 Olympic gold medallist Penny Shantz (5-6) of British Columbia 10-5 in Wednesday late game.