Keffer nabs first win at nationals
Former Muskie skip Tirzah Keffer, who now attends school in Thunder Bay, earned her first win at the 2013 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Curling Championships yesterday in Fort McMurray, Alta.
Keffer and the rest of her Northern Ontario foursome, which also includes third Sheree Hinz, second Megan Westlund, and lead Rachel Camlin, dumped Carina McKay-Saturnino (Northwest Territories) 13-2 in eight ends last night, giving them a 1-2 record heading into their game this morning against Veronica Smith (P.E.I.)
Yesterday’s win was a big bounce-back for the Port Arthur Curling Club crew after they had dropped their first two games of the weekend.
In their opening contest Saturday afternoon, Keffer fell 9-6 decision to Shannon Birchard (Manitoba), who was the runner-up last year.
Then yesterday afternoon, Ontario’s Jamie Sinclair edged her provincial rival 9-7 in a tightly-contested affair.
Heading into this morning’s play, Keffer sat in a tie for fourth in Pool ‘B’ with Quebec’s Sarah Dumais, with Sinclair and Birchard atop the standings with perfect 3-0 marks.
Fourteen rinks are competing in a round-robin tournament that consists of two seven-team pools until tomorrow.
The top four teams in each one then advance to a championship pool, which will run from Wednesday to Friday to determine the top three teams for the playoffs.
The other three teams from each pool that miss out on the championship pool, meanwhile, will compete in a seeding pool from Wednesday to Friday, which will determine the rankings for next year’s playdowns.
The women’s final is slated for Sunday at 6 p.m. (CST), with the winner representing Canada at the worlds in Sochi, Russia from Feb. 28-March 10.