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Noseworthy topples previously unbeaten Oke in senior men’s provincial curling championship final

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In the latest example of the “you’re only as good as your last game” adage, Mark Noseworthy of St. John's handed Corner Brook's Gary Oke his only two losses of the 2017 senior men’s curling provincial championship on Sunday in a double final to claim the crown.

In the final draw of the round-robin process, with both rinks at 4-0, Oke defeated Noseworthy 10-4 to earn the undefeated record and first place in the standings.

That meant Noseworthy would have to beat Oke twice in the final to win the title.

And that he did — decisively, no less.

In the first match of the final — which, if Oke had won, would have ended things right there — Noseworthy cruised to a 7-2 win on the strength of three points in the fourth end, a deuce in the fifth and singles in the first and third.

Oke responded with his only two points in the second end to briefly take a lead.

So onto the second match they went, with Noseworthy coming out firing with deuces in both the first two ends to take the early lead.

Oke fired back with two in the third to make a game of it, but Noseworthy buried him with five in the fourth to take the four-end win and the championship.

Host skip Rick Cook finished up at 2-3, while the Melvin Bateman rink out of Port aux Basques went 1-4.

In the two-rink women’s bracket, Diane Roberts won three of four against fellow St. John’s skip Laura Phillips to secure the title.

In the final draw of the round-robin process, with both rinks at 4-0, Oke defeated Noseworthy 10-4 to earn the undefeated record and first place in the standings.

That meant Noseworthy would have to beat Oke twice in the final to win the title.

And that he did — decisively, no less.

In the first match of the final — which, if Oke had won, would have ended things right there — Noseworthy cruised to a 7-2 win on the strength of three points in the fourth end, a deuce in the fifth and singles in the first and third.

Oke responded with his only two points in the second end to briefly take a lead.

So onto the second match they went, with Noseworthy coming out firing with deuces in both the first two ends to take the early lead.

Oke fired back with two in the third to make a game of it, but Noseworthy buried him with five in the fourth to take the four-end win and the championship.

Host skip Rick Cook finished up at 2-3, while the Melvin Bateman rink out of Port aux Basques went 1-4.

In the two-rink women’s bracket, Diane Roberts won three of four against fellow St. John’s skip Laura Phillips to secure the title.

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