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Young, Oke lead provincial senior men’s curling tournament

Corner Brook’s Gerry Young and Gary Oke lead the pack with perfect records after two days of stone throwing in the quest for a provincial senior men’s curling title.

Young began the day with a 7-2 triumph over clubmate Brian Bailey before improving to 3-0 with a 6-4 win over Corner Brook’s Bas Buckle — his former world senior curling championship rink teammate — Wednesday at the Corner Brook Curling Club.

Oke kept pace with the top guns at the 2015 Newfoundland and Labrador senior men’s curling championship with a pair of victories on home ice.

Oke defeated Mark Noseworthy of St. John’s 7-2 in the second draw Wednesday and followed up with an 8-4 victory over Gary Wensman out of the Caribou Curling Club in Labrador City.

Buckle kept in the mix for the title with a 2-1 record heading into Thursday’s play after he rallied back to defeat Corner Brook’s Bernard Lewis 6-4 in his first game of the day.

Lewis had his opponent on thin ice with a 4-2 lead after six ends, but deuces in the seventh and eighth from Buckle enabled him to secure a big win.

Lewis, joins Wensman, Corner Brook’s Brian Bailey and Mark Noseworthy of St. John’s with identical 1-2 records into Day 3, where draws are scheduled for 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at the Corner Brook Curling Club.

Peter Glavine will be looking for his first win, in the cellar with an 0-3 record, after a 10-1 loss to Wensman and an 8-1 loss to Lewis during Wednesday’s play.

Play in the two-team women’s bracket begins Friday with Laura Phillips of St. John’s battling Corner Brook’s Donna Davis foursome in a best-of-five affair.


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