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Local rinks come up short at Travelers Curling Championship

Skip Mike Mullins of the Corner Brook Curling Club shouts to his sweepers during a tie-breaker for second place against Rod Feltham of Gander in men’s action at the 2017 Traveler’s Curling Club Championship Saturday morning.
Skip Mike Mullins of the Corner Brook Curling Club shouts to his sweepers during a tie-breaker for second place against Rod Feltham of Gander in men’s action at the 2017 Traveler’s Curling Club Championship Saturday morning.

If you’re looking for the “TSN Turning Point” in the women’s division of the 2017 Travelers Curling Championship, look no further than the tiebreaker match between eventual champion Wendy Dunne and Corner Brook’s Louise Gaslard on Saturday.

Dunne, from St. John’s, recorded the super rare eight-ender — scoring on all eight of her rocks in the second end of the match — en route to a 12-3 decision over Gaslard.

According to Wikipedia, eight-enders are so rare, the Canadian Curling Association has an eight-ender award to recognize any that are scored in the country.

Following that feat, Dunne went on to defeat the round robin’s top team — Sherri McNeil of Stephenville — 9-4 in the final on Sunday to capture the championship.

Though there were no eight-enders in this one, Dunne was still dominant at times, scoring four in the sixth and three in the first in the triumph.

The following are scores of the other games played on Saturday: McNeil 8, Samantha Kent 5; Dunne 9, Jean Rockwell 3; and Gaslard 6, Kelly Cribb-Mitchell 5.

Men’s division

Andrew Symonds of St. John’s, who skipped this province to the Canadian Travelers championship in 2015, defeated Bas Buckle 6-5 in the final on Sunday.

Symonds recorded three points in the foirth, two in the eighth and one in the second in the win.

Buckle started strong with a deuce in the first end, but mustered only single points in the third, sixth and seventh.

Symonds advanced to the final after defeating Mike Mullins of Corner Brook 6-0 on Saturday.

Other scores from Saturday were: Symonds 6, Rod Feltham 4; Dave Thomas 7, Steve Routledge 6; and Buckle 5, Mullins 3.

Dunne, from St. John’s, recorded the super rare eight-ender — scoring on all eight of her rocks in the second end of the match — en route to a 12-3 decision over Gaslard.

According to Wikipedia, eight-enders are so rare, the Canadian Curling Association has an eight-ender award to recognize any that are scored in the country.

Following that feat, Dunne went on to defeat the round robin’s top team — Sherri McNeil of Stephenville — 9-4 in the final on Sunday to capture the championship.

Though there were no eight-enders in this one, Dunne was still dominant at times, scoring four in the sixth and three in the first in the triumph.

The following are scores of the other games played on Saturday: McNeil 8, Samantha Kent 5; Dunne 9, Jean Rockwell 3; and Gaslard 6, Kelly Cribb-Mitchell 5.

Men’s division

Andrew Symonds of St. John’s, who skipped this province to the Canadian Travelers championship in 2015, defeated Bas Buckle 6-5 in the final on Sunday.

Symonds recorded three points in the foirth, two in the eighth and one in the second in the win.

Buckle started strong with a deuce in the first end, but mustered only single points in the third, sixth and seventh.

Symonds advanced to the final after defeating Mike Mullins of Corner Brook 6-0 on Saturday.

Other scores from Saturday were: Symonds 6, Rod Feltham 4; Dave Thomas 7, Steve Routledge 6; and Buckle 5, Mullins 3.

Linda Glavine, left, and Trudy Keeping sweep a stone for skip Louise Gaslard of the Corner Brook Curling Club against Kelly Cribb-Mitchell of Exploits Regional Curling Club in women’s round-robin play at the 2017 Traveler’s Curling Club Championship Saturday afternoon at the Corner Brook Curling Club.

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