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Gary Oke one of three unbeaten after opening day of senior men’s provincial curling championship

Gary Oke out of the Corner Brook Curling Club releases a rock during action against the Mark Ryan rink at the Caribou Curling Club on Thursday in a provincial senior men’s game. The Oke rink took the game 8-1.
Gary Oke out of the Corner Brook Curling Club releases a rock during action against the Mark Ryan rink at the Caribou Curling Club on Thursday in a provincial senior men’s game. The Oke rink took the game 8-1.

Corner Brook Curling Club’s Gary Oke rink finds itself in a three-way tie atop the standings following Day 1 of the senior men’s provincial curling championship at the Caribou Curling Club in Stephenville.

In the second draw of the day, Oke and his rinkmates Terry Oke, Blair Fradsham and Dennis Bruce made quick work of the host club’s Rick Cook rink, earning a 9-1 win in just six ends.

A five-point sixth end was the nail in the coffin for Cook, who is joined by rinkmates Danny Soucy, Tom Byrne and Ray Lackey.

Oke also scored three in the fifth and one in the second, while Cook’s lone point came in the first end.

In earlier action, Oke took down Mike Ryan of the Carol Curling Club almost as decisively, winning 8-1.

Oke’s big end was the fifth in this one, when he scored four, after recording a deuce in the third and singles in the fourth and sixth ends.

Ryan mustered his point in the second.

Cook, meanwhile, dropped his early game 7-3 to Jeff Thomas of St. John’s.

The other west coast representative, Melvin Bateman of the Gateway Curling Club in Port aux Basques, also went 0-2 on opening day.

Bateman – along with Aaron Hewitt, Dulach O’Brien and Cecil Parsons — was bested 6-2 by Mark Noseworthy of St. John’s in his first game, before being edged 5-4 by Thomas.

In the other game on Thursday, Noseworthy beat Ryan 6-4.

The women’s bracket begins play today, with both men and women hitting the ice at 2:30 p.m.

In the second draw of the day, Oke and his rinkmates Terry Oke, Blair Fradsham and Dennis Bruce made quick work of the host club’s Rick Cook rink, earning a 9-1 win in just six ends.

A five-point sixth end was the nail in the coffin for Cook, who is joined by rinkmates Danny Soucy, Tom Byrne and Ray Lackey.

Oke also scored three in the fifth and one in the second, while Cook’s lone point came in the first end.

In earlier action, Oke took down Mike Ryan of the Carol Curling Club almost as decisively, winning 8-1.

Oke’s big end was the fifth in this one, when he scored four, after recording a deuce in the third and singles in the fourth and sixth ends.

Ryan mustered his point in the second.

Cook, meanwhile, dropped his early game 7-3 to Jeff Thomas of St. John’s.

The other west coast representative, Melvin Bateman of the Gateway Curling Club in Port aux Basques, also went 0-2 on opening day.

Bateman – along with Aaron Hewitt, Dulach O’Brien and Cecil Parsons — was bested 6-2 by Mark Noseworthy of St. John’s in his first game, before being edged 5-4 by Thomas.

In the other game on Thursday, Noseworthy beat Ryan 6-4.

The women’s bracket begins play today, with both men and women hitting the ice at 2:30 p.m.

Tom Byrne, left and Ray Lackey of the Rick Cook rink out of host Caribou Curling Club sweep a Cook rock during action in a provincial senior men’s game on Thursday against the Jeff Thomas rink. The Thomas rink took the game with a 7-3 score.

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