The two Manitoba Men’s teams competing in the Canadian Masters Championship at the Pembina Curling Club met in today’s opening game of the championship round. A re-match of last spring’s provincial final, this time Mark Franklin’s Manitoba host team was an extra end winner over the Manitoba champion team skipped by Murray Warren.
The 4-3 win came on a ninth end last shot hit by skip Mark Franklin. On the eighth end, Warren had tied the game with a last shot hack weight bump to remove a mostly buried Franklin stone in the four foot circle.
On the seventh, Warren had made a perfect freeze in the four foot facing three to force Franklin to a single and a 3-2 lead.
The win improves the Manitoba host (Franklin) record to 4W-3L while Warren in now 5W-2L.
Northern Ontario’s Al Hackner, with a win over Nova Scotia, remained undefeated (7W-0L). British Columbia and Ontario also both won to improve to 6W-1L and 5W-2L respectively. Saskatchewan is also at 5W-2L after losing to Ontario.
7-0 Northern Ontario’s
6-1 British Columbia
4-3 Manitoba Host
3-4 New Brunswick
2-5 Nova Scotia
On the early draw Thursday, Manitoba’s Judy Colwell team defeated Alberta 7-4 to leave the two teams tied in fourth place with 4W-2L records. British Columbia and Ontario both won to stay perfect at 6W-0L and Nova Scotia won to improve to 5W-1L.
6-0 British Columbia
5-1 Nova Scotia
2-4 Manitoba Host
NEXT DRAW: 4PM Thursday Women’s Championship Round
NEXT DRAW: 7:45PM Thursday Men’s Championship Round