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Provincial rink drops a pair as vision-impaired curling championship gets underway


Newfoundland and Labrador were 0-for-2 on the opening day of the 2015 11th Vision Impaired Canadian Curling Championship in Ottawa, Ont. on Monday.

The rink features Corner Brook’s Terry Gardner and Darrell Pike, as second and lead, respectively, as well as coach Reg Barry. Skip Maurice Colbert, mate Donald Connolly, fifth Deanna O’Reilly and coach John Connolly are all from St. John’s.

In its most recent game, the rink dropped a 9-4 decision to Ann LaFontaine of Ontario.

LaFontaine charged out of the games with four points in the first end, before racking up deuces in the third and sixth and a single point in the second.

The provincial rink fired back with two in the fourth and singles in the fifth and seventh ends.

Earlier in the day, the Colbert and company lost 6-3 to Michael Dean Martell of British Columbia.

The British Columbia squad put up a pair in the fifth end, to go with singles in the first, fourth, sixth and eighth ends in the win.

The Newfoundlanders managed singles in the second, third and seventh ends.

The Colbert rink takes to the ice again today against the 2-0 Canada rink skipped by Jim Simmons.

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