A dream come true for all of us'

Jason Simmonds
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SUMMERSIDE - Truro's Colleen Pinkney rink was the class of the women's field at the 2009 Canadian senior curling championships all week long, and the final game would be no different.
After going 10-1 (won-lost) in round-robin play, Pinkney, mate Wendy Currie, second Karen Hennigar and lead Susan Creelman earned a 6-4 victory over British Columbia's Kathy Smiley.
"It feels tremendous," said Pinkney following the final, played before a big crowd at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club on Saturday. "I'm still in a little bit of shock.
"But it's sad in a way to have the week end. We've had such a wonderful time here and now we have to go home and cook, clean and do all the normal stuff. . . and work maybe!"
The Truro Curling Club rink will represent Canada at the 2010 world senior curling championships. A date and location have yet to be determined.
"We will definitely work extremely hard to represent Canada," Pinkney said. "To wear a red jacket with a white maple leaf on the back is a dream come true for all of us."
While the final score may be a little deceiving, Nova Scotia controlled the final from the start. After the teams exchanged deuces in the second and third ends, Pinkney's open-draw attempt for three in the fifth went through the house and Nova Scotia had to settle for two and a 4-2 lead.
Smiley could only hit and stay for one centre eight-foot in the sixth end and Pinkney had a hit and slight role for one in the seventh end to restore a two-point lead, 5-3. Smiley wrecked on a guard on her final shot in the eighth to give up a steal of one and fall behind 6-3.
"Having a bit of a lead is always nice, but with the free-guard zone it's never completely comfortable and we've had games go the other way with us too," Pinkney said. "We just knew we had to keep pounding away."
Smiley had a chance for two in the ninth end, but her shot rock rolled out and she had to settle for a single point.
"We just didn't play very well," said Smiley, whose team curled 68 per cent. "We had our spurts and we had chances, but we didn't capitalize on them.
"That hurts, but we played well to get to the final and that was one of the things we wanted to accomplish coming in. We're satisfied and obviously a win would have been nicer."
Nova Scotia's team percentage in the final was 83.
"Karen Hennigar stood out," Pinkney said. "She was incredible making the hits and rolls when we really needed them."


Organizations: Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club, Truro Curling Club

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Canada, British Columbia

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  • Jay
    January 18, 2010 - 09:46

    Congratulations, what a great win. Your picture should have been on the front page instead of the Bearcats.