Third Diane North releases a rock as sweepers Heidi Kent, left, and Donna Shears bring it down the ice in play from the provincial women’s Dominion curling championship at the Corner Brook Curling Club Wednesday. — Star photo by Geraldine Brophy
Home-ice advantage had its perks on Wednesday, the opening day of the Dominion Women’s Curling championship at the Corner Brook Curling Club.
One of two host rinks, Donna Davis — with rinkmates Diane North, Heidi Kent and Donna Shears — defeated Caribou Curling Club’s Sherri McNeil 8-3.
Davis put up four points in the seventh end, three in the first and one in the third in the win.
McNeil, who is accompanied by Marcheta Gallant, Shirley O’Connor and Sarah Brake, mustered single points in the second, fourth and sixth ends.
Meanwhile, the Corner Brook Curling Club’s other rink, skipped by Susan Curtis, edged Sandra Sparrow of Bally Haly in St. John’s by a 6-5 count.
Curtis — along with Amanda Rumboldt, Kathy Miles and Lori Buckle-Stratton — secured a point in the ninth for the win.
She also put up deuces in the first and third, and singles in the seventh and ninth.
Sparrow scored two points in the fourth and eighth ends, with a single point in the second.
Action resumes 10 a.m. today.
In play at the Dominion Men’s Curling Championship, at the Gander Curling Club, Corner Brook rinks Mike Mullins and Brian Bailey both went 1-1 on the day.
The Mullins rink, including Brian King, Blair Fradshom and Dennis Bruce, defeated Baxter House of the Gateway Curling Club in Port aux Basques by a 7-2 score.
Mullins put up two points in both the third and seventh ends, to go with singles in the first, fifth and sixth ends.
House — alongside Dave Thomas, Don Gillam and Melvin Bateman — replied with singles in the second and fourth.
Earlier in the day, Mullins lost 6-4 to Rod Feltham of the host club.
Feltham started with a pair in the first, then notched singles in the fourth, fifth, sixth and eighth ends.
Mullins managed two in the second, with single points in the third and seventh.
In Bailey’s second game of the day, he handled Matthew Smith of Bally Haly in St. John’s 6-2 on the strength of a three-point outburst in the first.
Bailey — whose rink includes Devon Parry, Steve Shepherd and Kevin Mitchell — also scored singles in the third, fifth and sixth.
Smith recorded single points in the second and fourth ends.
The Corner Brook rink’s first game was a loss, 6-4 to Scott Davidge of Gander.
Davidge racked up deuces in the sixth and eighth ends, and singles in the second and third.
Bailey fired back with two in the fifth and singles in the first and fourth.
House’s other decision was also a loss, 7-4 to Harold Walters of the St. John’s Curling Club.
Walters did most of his damage in the third and fifth ends, with three points apiece, while the other point came in the second.
House started well with two in the first, but was silent until singles in the sixth and seventh.
Play picks up again 10 a.m. today.