Davis holds share of lead at women’s curling event

Chris Quigley
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Donna Davis celebrated a victory and suffered a defeat on Thursday at the Dominion Women’s Provincial Curling Championship.

The rink out of the host Corner Brook Curling Club — also featuring Diane North, Heidi Kent and Donna Shears — defeated fellow clubmate Susan Curtis 7-6 in evening action.

Davis recorded deuces in the fourth, fifth and seventh ends, as well as a single point in the second end.

Curtis, whose rink consists of Amanda Rumboldt, Kathy Miles and Lori Buckle-Stratton, scored three points in the third end, with singles coming in the first, sixth and eighth.

In the afternoon draw, Davis dropped a 4-3 decision to Sandra Sparrow of Bally Haly in St. John’s.

Sparrow sealed it with a single point in the eighth, after putting up two in the sixth and another single in the fourth.

Davis had single points in the third, fifth and seventh ends.

Curtis came up short in her other game, losing 5-4 to Sherri McNeil of the Caribou Curling Club in Stephenville.

McNeil and her rinkmates, Marcheta Gallant, Shirley O’Connor and Sarah Brake, started off with two points in the first, then scored singles in the third, sixth and eighth ends.

Curtis managed two in the fifth and singles in the second and seventh.

McNeil’s other match saw her lose 8-6 to Sparrow.

Sparrow lit it up with four points in the first, then deuces in the third and sixth ends.

McNeil fired back with three in the fourth and single points in the second, fifth and seventh ends.

Action resumes 10 a.m. today.

Men’s championship

At the Dominion Men’s Provincial Curling Championship at the Gander Curling Club, Corner Brook’s Mike Mullins is within striking distance of the lead following a pair of wins on Thursday.

Mullins — along with Brian King, Blair Fradshom and Dennis Bruce — took down Matthew Smith of Bally Haly 5-4 after scoring two points in the eighth end. He also registered singles in the second, third and sixth ends.

Smith had two in the fourth, along with singles in the first and seventh.

Later, Mullins defeated Scott Davidge of Gander 8-6.

Mullins produced four points in the fourth end, to go with deuces in the second and sixth ends in the win.

Davidge had three in the third, two in the seventh and one in the fifth.

Baxter House, curling out of the Gateway Curling Club in Port aux Basques, edged Corner Brook’s Brian Bailey 6-5.

House, and rinkmates Dave Thomas, Don Gillam and Melvin Bateman, secured the triumph with deuces in the third and eighth ends, as well as singles in the fourth and sixth ends.

Bailey, who is curling with Devon Parry, Steve Shepherd and Kevin Mitchell, scored two in the fifth and singles in the first, second and seventh ends.

House was hammered 8-1 by Bob Osborne of St. John’s earlier in the day.

Osborne recorded two points in the third and seventh ends and singles in the first, second, fifth and sixth.

House had his lone point in the fourth end.

In Bailey’s other game, he came out on the wrong end of a 6-4 score against Rod Feltham of Gander.

Feltham struck for two in the first, with singles coming in the third, fourth, fifth and eighth ends.

Bailey fought back with a deuce in the sixth and singles in the second and seventh ends.

Other scores from Thursday were: Davidge 8, Harold Walters 3; Feltham 10, Osborne 4; Walters 7, Smith 6.

Action picks up again at 2 p.m. today.

Organizations: Dominion Women, Corner Brook Curling Club, Caribou Curling Club Gander Curling Club Baxter House Gateway Curling Club

Geographic location: Corner Brook, Port aux Basques

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