Jackson rink loses opener


It was an April Fool’s prank one day earlier, but Lorne Jackson and his team weren’t laughing.
The Fort Frances skip and his rink of third Derek Jackson, second Mark Pederson and lead Todd Moxham were defeated 6-2 by Gary Weiss of Thunder Bay in yesterday’s opening draw at the six-team Travelers Curling Club provincial men’s championship in Thunder Bay.
Weiss never scored as much as a deuce the entire game, choosing instead to peck Jackson to death with single after single, including one in each of the first three ends to lead 3-0.
Jackson blanked the fourth, but gave up another steal of one in the fifth to trail by four.
He finally got on track with a pair in the sixth to draw within 4-2.
But that would be Jackson’s only offence for the day, as Weiss took one in the seventh and stole one more in the eighth to round things out.
Jackson has a crucial day on tap with two games today against Royce Cook (Thessalon) and Greg Blanchette (Capreol).
Tomorrow, the Fort rink will close the round-robin with matchups against Chris MacInnes (Timmins) and Dave Barker (Geraldton).
The top two teams after the round-robin will square off in the final on Sunday, with the winner moving on to the Travelers national championships in Kelowna, B.C., from Nov. 20-26.
Meanwhile, at the 2016 Everest Canadian senior women’s curling championship in Digby, N.S., Northern Ontario lost its first game in the seeding pool 7-6 to Manitoba.
Skipped by Kenora’s Peggy Taylor and featuring the Fort’s Lisa Penner at third along with Kenora’s Noreen Donnelly at second and Tracy Stasiuk at lead, Northern Ontario scored two with the hammer in the first end.
Manitoba, skipped by Sandra Cowling struck back for one in the second and a steal of two in the third to go up 3-2.
Northern Ontario got that deuce back in the fourth, but handed another pair to Manitoba (3-4) in the fifth before Cowling stole two more in the sixth to leap in front 7-4.
Taylor hung tough with one in the seventh and needed a steal of two in the eighth to tie it, but only managed to get one.
Earlier today, Northern Ontario (1-7 overall) was steamrolled 8-2 in six ends by B.C. (4-4).
Skip Diane Foster guided the West Coast representatives to a deuce in the first and a steal of one in the second to go ahead 3-0.
The teams then traded singles over the next three ends before Foster dropped the sledgehammer on Northern Ontario with a four-ender in the sixth to elicit handshakes from Taylor and Co.
Northern Ontario took on winless Nunavut in its second game of the day and last game of the week (the game was incomplete as of press time).
The seeding pool is solely to determine rankings for the bottom half of the field for next year’s nationals.
The championship pool had four teams tied for first at 7-2 after this morning’s action, including six-time women’s world champion Colleen Jones of the host province; Ontario’s Jo-Ann Rizzo; Saskatchewan’s Sherry Anderson and Alberta’s Cathy King.
Semifinals are set for tonight and tomorrow, with the gold and bronze-medal games both tomorrow afternoon.