Oke stands above the rest at mixed curling provincials

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Corner Brook’s Gary Oke gets ready to release his skip rock during a game against fellow Corner Brook Curling Club skip Kenny Young Tuesday at the 2014 provincial mixed curling championships in Port aux Basques. — Photo by Chantelle MacIsaac/The Gulf News

Gary Oke will be tough to topple at the 2014 Provincial Mixed Curling Championships in Port aux Basques.

The Corner Brook Curling Club skip — with rinkmates Susan Curtis, Terry Oke and Sigrid Fitzpatrick — is 2-0 after the opening day of competition on Tuesday at the Gateway Curling Club.

Oke edged fellow Corner Brook Curling Club representative Kenny Young 7-6 in his early game — a single point in the 10th end sealing the victory.

Oke also amassed three in the seventh, two in the first and one in the second.

Young — accompanied by Amanda Rumboldt, Steve Moss and Kathy Miles — scored singles points in the third, fourth, fifth, sixth, eighth and ninth ends.

In Oke’s later game, he defeated Bill Jenkins of St. John’s 7-5.

Deuces in the fifth, sixth and eighth ends, as well as a single in the second, powered the triumph.

Jenkins had a deuce in the ninth and singles in the third, fourth and seventh ends.

Young’s second game ended much better than his first, as he bested Gateway Curling Club’s Baxter House 10-2.

Young had three points in both the fourth and fifth ends in the win, while putting up singles in the first, second, sixth and seventh ends.

House — along with rinkmates Sue Thomas, Dave Thomas and Jenna Harvey — answered back with a two-point output in the third end.

House began the day by edging out Bill Jenkins of St. John’s 9-8.

Trailing 8-5 going into the ninth end, House rang up deuces in the ninth and 10th to claim the victory.

He had previously scored deuces in the fourth and seventh ends as well, with a single point in the third end.

Jenkins had three in the fifth, two in the eighth and singles in the first, second and sixth ends.

Corner Brook Curling Club’s Brian Bailey — with teammates Donna Davis, Steve Shepherd and Donna Shears — dropped a 9-3 decision to Steve Ryan of St. John’s in his lone action on Tuesday.

Ryan scored three in the sixth, two in the third and singles in the second, fourth, seventh and eighth en route to the win.

Bailey had two in the fifth and one in the first.

Don Gillam of the host Gateway Curling Club was also 0-1 on opening day, as he and his rinkmates — Trudy Keeping, Arch Keeping and Karen Simon — were defeated 9-5 by St. John’s skip Steve Routledge.

Routledge turned in three points in the seventh end, deuces in the fourth and fifth and singles in the second and third for the win.

Gillam had two in the first and singles in the sixth, eighth and ninth ends.

Action resumes 9 a.m. today.

Team                   W    L

Gary Oke             2    0

Kenny Young       1    1

Baxter House      1    1

Steve Ryan         1    0

Steve Routledge 1    0

Bill Jenkins          0    2

Brian Bailey         0    1

Don Gillam          0    1

Organizations: Gateway Curling Club, Baxter House

Geographic location: Corner Brook

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