Bas Buckle got off to a solid start in the opening draw of the 2015 senior men’s provincial curling championship at the Corner Brook Curling Club on Tuesday.
The Corner Brook skip and his rink — consisting of Mike Mullins, Gary Alcock and George King — recorded a 7-4 victory over the Mark Noseworthy rink from St. John’s.
Buckle picked up three points in the sixth end, two in the fourth and singles in the second and seventh ends en route to the triumph.
Noseworthy responded with two in the third and single points in the first and fifth.
In other action, Corner Brook Curling Club’s Gary Oke — with rinkmates Glen Goss, Blair Fradsham and Dennis Bruce — toppled clubmate Bernard Lewis 7-2.
Oke racked up four in the third end, to go with singles in the fourth, sixth and seventh.
Lewis — who is joined by Reg Barry, Bern Keating and Ed North — mustered singles in the first and fifth ends.
Corner Brook’s Gerry Young eked out an 8-7 decision over fellow city curler Peter Glavine.
Young — whose rink consists of Scott Shears, Peter Waugh and Gary Chaulk — notched a point in the ninth end to take the win. He also had three in the fifth, two in the first and single points in the third and seventh.
Glavine — along with Carl Loughlin, Gerry Abbott and Derek Hamlyn — replied with three in the second, two in the eight and singles in the fourth and sixth ends.
Another local rink — skipped by Brian Bailey, with Rick Cook, Cyril Alexander and Jim Goodyear — took down Gary Wensman of the Carol Curling Club in Labrador City 6-1.
Bailey scored two in the fifth, to go with single points in the third, fourth, sixth and seventh ends for the win.
Wensman recorded his lone point in the first end.
Action resumes 10 a.m. today at the Corner Brook Curling Club. Play in the two-team women’s bracket begins Friday.