Corner Brook Curling Club’s Brian Bailey delivers a rock during a game against the Glenn Goss rink out of St. John’s at Caribou Curling Club in Stephenville on Tuesday.
— Star photo by Frank Gale
Bas Buckle still has a few trick shots up his sleeve.
The 65-year-old skip is in a three-way tie atop the 2014 Newfoundland and Labrador Senior Men’s Curling Championship standings after the opening day of action on Tuesday at the Caribou Curling Club in Stephenville.
Buckle and his rink — consisting of Gary Alcock, Blair Fradsham and George King — moved to 2-0 on the day with a 9-5 decision over Jeff Thomas of St. John’s.
Three points in the third end was Buckle’s biggest output of the match, as he put up singles in the second, seventh, eighth, ninth and 10th ends.
Thomas had four in the fourth, but only one other point in the first end.
Earlier in the day, Buckle downed Labrador City’s Barry Edwards 9-3.
Buckle scored three in the seventh, to go with deuces in the third and sixth. He put up singles in the first and fifth ends.
Edwards mustered two in the fourth and one in the eighth.
No other west coast rink won once on Tuesday.
Host rink Danny Soucy — with Chris Gallant, Richard Brake and Todd White — was beaten 7-5 by Mark Noseworthy of St. John’s in his first game.
Noseworthy had deuces in the fourth and sixth, to go with singles in the first, third and seventh ends in the winning cause.
Soucy’s two-point eighth end was his best. He had single points in the second, fifth and ninth ends.
In his second match, Soucy was edged 12-9 by Glenn Goss of St. John’s.
Goss did his damage in bunches, thanks to a four-point 10th end — that sealed the win — along with three points in both the third and fifth, and two in the seventh.
Soucy started strong with three in the second and two in the first, but only singles followed in the fourth, sixth, eighth and ninth ends.
Elsewhere, Brian Bailey of Corner Brook — along with rinkmates Bern Lewis, Reg Barry and Ed North — fell to Noseworthy by an 8-6 score.
Noseworthy scored three in the ninth to grab the victory, after putting up two in the seventh and singles in the fourth, fifth and sixth ends.
Bailey had three in the third, with singles in the first, second and eighth ends.
In earlier action, Bailey lost 9-5 to Goss.
Goss put up three points in the second, deuces in the eighth and ninth and singles in the fifth and sixth ends.
Bailey managed deuces in the fourth and seventh and a single in the third.
Corner Brook’s Bruce Penney rink — consisting of Paul Wells, Gerald Murphy and Gerald Day — also lost twice, first by a 10-2 margin at the hands of Thomas.
Thomas was strong in the fifth and seventh, with three points in both, while also scoring two in the fourth and singles in the first and second.
Penney had single points in the third and sixth ends.
In his later matchup, Penney was felled 10-5 by Edwards.
Edwards got off on the right foot, with three in the first, to go with deuces in the fourth, sixth and ninth ends, and a single in the seventh.
Penney recorded two points in the second and singles in the third, fifth and eighth ends.
Action resumes 9:30 a.m. today at the Caribou Curling Club.
The women’s bracket also begins today, starting with Draw 1 at 4 p.m.