Canadian teams setting pace at World Seniors

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Al Cameron, Curling Canada 

(ISN) – With three days of competition completed at the World Mixed Doubles and World Seniors Curling Championship, the Canadian teams continue to be pace-setters in Sochi, Russia.

Calgary’s Kalynn Park and Charley Thomas remain at the top of the mixed doubles leaderboard with a 5-0 record, while both Canadian senior teams are still unbeaten.

The Canadian mixed doubles duo, supported by coach Jim Waite, kicked off their game against Spain’s Irantzu Garcia Vez and Gontzal Garcia Vez, the 2014 bronze-medallists, with five points in the first end and never looked back. The Spaniards answered with a deuce, then stole a point in three, but a missed take-out allowed Park an open draw for four in the fourth end. Leading 9-3 at the break, the Canadians stole two more ends and walked away with an 11-3 win.

“We made a lot of draws early on and they kind of got behind the 8-ball,” said Thomas. “They had trouble making some of their shots — that’s what made the difference.”

“You need to play smart,” said Park about jumping into a lead early. “You need to keep things as open as possible and when you get the opportunity to make a run-back or a double, you take it.”

Against Poland, the Canadians scored one in the first end and stole points in the next two ends. Opponents Karoline Florek and Szymon Molski fought back with a deuce in four to trail 3-2, but Team Canada kept the pressure on, taking five points in the next two ends for an 8-2 win.

On Tuesday, Canada has only one game, against Scotland’s Judith McCleary and Lee McCleary (7:30 a.m. ET), a game that will be streamed live on the event website,
wmdcc2015.curlingevents.com/.

Meanwhile, Alan O’Leary and his team of third Andrew Dauphinee, second Danny Christianson, lead Harold McCarthy and coach Bill Tschirhart defeated Japan 6-4 to hold on to first place in their grouping at the World Seniors.

The Halifax foursome now sit at the top of Group A with a 4-0 record, just ahead of Ireland’s Bill Gray and Scotland’s Gordon Muirhead. Denmark (Group B) and the USA (Group C) are the only other undefeated teams.

The Japanese, skipped by Masayasu Sato, put the Canadians to the test in a close game that saw both teams score with hammer. Tied 3-3 after four ends, O’Leary took a deuce in five and held Sato to a single in six. With the hammer back, the Canadians blanked seven and scored their single in eight for the 6-4 win.

On Tuesday, the Canadian men have one game, against Ireland’s Bill Gray (9 a.m. ET).

Lois Fowler and her team from Brandon, Man., which includes third Maureen Bonar, second Cathy Gauthier and lead Allyson Stewart, with team coach Brian Fowler and national coach Bill Tschirhart, had a day off on Monday but return to action on Tuesday, facing England’s Judith Dixon (1 a.m. ET).

The World Mixed Doubles and World Seniors roundups will be posted in French as soon as possible athttp://www.curling.ca/?lang=fr.

For live scores and standings from the World Seniors Championship, go to:wscc2015.curlingevents.com/, and for the same from the World Mixed Doubles Championship, go towmdcc2015.curlingevents.com/.

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