McCarville starts Olympic pre-trials with win after more than a year off


LIVERPOOL, NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA – Krista McCarville of Thunder Bay, Ont., scored back-to-back deuces in the fifth and sixth ends in a 7-5 win over Jestyn Murphy of Mississauga, Ont., on Monday in the first draw of Canada’s Olympic curling pre-trials.

McCarville, backed by vice-skip Kendra Lilly, second Ashley Sippala, lead Sarah Potts and coach Rick Lang, were pleased to start the tournament with a win after being mostly idle since Feb. 22, 2020.

As the reigning Northern Ontario champs, McCarville’s rink could have played in the 2021 Scotties in the bubble in Calgary, but the team made the choice to stay at home, citing the travel and quarantine restrictions brought about by COVID-19.

In other first-round women’s games on Monday night, Corryn Brown (1-0) of Kamloops, B.C., stole two in the fifth end and three more in the sixth in a 9-4 triumph over Winnipeg’s Beth Peterson (0-1).

Mackenzie Zacharias (1-0) of Altona, Man., cracked a three in the 10th end for an 8-7 win over Suzanne Birt (0-1) of Montague/Cornwall, P.E.I. Sherry Anderson (1-0) of Martensville, Sask., shaded Hollie Duncan (0-1) of Woodstock, Ont., 7-6.

In Draw 2, Danielle Inglis (1-0) had deuces in the seventh and eighth ends to lead her Mississauga, Ont., team past Winnipeg’s Darcy Robertson (0-1) 9-3.

Jacqueline Harrison (1-0) of Dundas, Ont., earned a 7-3 win over Penny Barker (0-1) of Moose Jaw, Sask.

In men’s action, Jason Gunnlaugson (1-0) of Morris, Man., topped Pat Simmons (0-1) of Winnipeg Beach Man., 7-4.