Pinkney maintains top spot at national senior curling event

Staff ~ Transcontinental Media
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SUMMERSIDE - Truro's Colleen Pinkney will enter Day 5 of the 2009 Canadian senior curling championship in first place.
But despite a 6-0 record, 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 at the fifth-end break, Northern Ontario scored a single in the sixth end and then stole a deuce in the seventh to tie the game. 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."
The Pinkney foursome, which also includes third Wendy Currie, second Karen Hennigar and lead Susan Creelman, will face Smiley 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."

Geographic location: Northern Ontario, Manitoba, British Columbia Nova Scotia Yukon

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