MANITOBA’S COLWELL TEAM WINS TWO TO JUMP UP MASTERS STANDINGS

Manitoba’s Judy Colwell team and Nova Scotia’s Jocelyn Nix team both won a pair of games Thursday to move up the standings board in the championship round of the Canadian Masters Women’s Championship at the Pembina Curling Club.

The Team Manitoba wins came over Alberta (7-4) and Saskatchewan (10-2) while Nova Scotia beat the Manitoba Host team (6-3) and Ontario (6-4).

A win and a loss on the day by British Columbia, Ontario and Alberta creates a three-way first place tie with BC, Ontario, and Nova Scotia all holding 6W-1L records. Right behind at 5W-2L are Manitoba and Alberta.

With two games to play Friday, the final four to advance to the Saturday semifinals are still very much in question with Ontario having the toughest draw featuring two games against teams in contention. Alberta, BC, Nova Scotia and Manitoba have only one game Friday against teams in the top five.

** Ontario will play BC (6W-1L) & Manitoba (5W-2L)
** BC will play Ontario (6W-1L) & the Manitoba Host team (2W-5L)
** Manitoba will play the Manitoba Host team (2W-5L) & Ontario (6W-1L)
** Nova Scotia will play Alberta (5W-2L) & Saskatchewan (2W-5L)
** Alberta will play Nova Scotia (6W-1L) & Quebec (3W-4L)

WOMEN STANDINGS AFTER 2 CHAMPIONSHIP ROUNDS:
6-1 British Columbia
6-1 Ontario
6-1 Nova Scotia
5-2 Manitoba
5-2 Alberta
3-4 Quebec
2-5 Saskatchewan
2-5 Manitoba Host

As the second men’s championship round game of the day went on the ice for the late draw Thursday, Northern Ontario’s Al Hackner was the only undefeated team left in the double championship event. Six teams, including both Murray Warren’s Team Manitoba and Mark Franklin’s Manitoba Host team still were well positioned to advance to the Saturday playoffs.

MEN STANDINGS AFTER 1 CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND:
7-0 Northern Ontario
6-1 British Columbia
5-2 Manitoba
5-2 Saskatchewan
5-2 Ontario
4-3 Manitoba Host
3-4 New Brunswick
2-5 Nova Scotia

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