Blair Fradsham, second for the Bas Buckle foursome out of the Corner Brook Curling Club, is shown in action against Glenn Goss of St. John’s Thursday at the 2014 provincial senior curling championships at the Caribou Curling Club. — Star photo by Frank Gale
An 8-4 win over Glenn Goss has the Bas Buckle rink at 5-0 with a share of first place on the men’s side of the 2014 Newfoundland and Labrador Senior Curling Championships in Stephenville.
The Corner Brook Curling Club rink — also featuring Gary Alcock, Blair Fradsham and George King — scored three in the first and fourth, with singles in the second and sixth in the win on Thursday afternoon at the Caribou Curling Club.
Goss (2-3) responded with two in the third and single points in the fifth and seventh ends.
In other action, Danny Soucy (1-4) and his host rink, consisting of Chris Gallant, Richard Brake and Todd White, were edged 8-7 by Barry Edwards (3-2) of Labrador City.
Edwards rang up deuces in the first, fourth, sixth and ninth ends.
Soucy’s mustered three in the fifth, and single points in the second, third, seventh and 10th ends.
Corner Brook’s Brian Bailey (1-4), meanwhile, dropped an 8-6 decision to Jeff Thomas (3-2) of St. John’s.
Thomas put up two points in each of the second, seventh and 10th ends, to go with singles in the fifth and eighth.
Bailey and his rinkmates — Bern Lewis, Reg Barry and Ed North — fought back with a two-point ninth end and single points in the first, third, fourth and sixth ends.
Bruce Penney (0-5) of Corner Brook, along with rinkmates Paul Wells, Gerald Murphy and Gerald Day, were beaten 5-3 by St. John’s skip Mark Noseworthy (5-0), who is tied with Buckle for the tournament lead.
Noseworthy had two in the sixth and singles in the third, fifth and ninth in the win.
Penney racked up singles in the second, fourth and seventh ends.
The men return to the ice 9 a.m. today.
In the women’s division of the senior curling championships, Corner Brook’s Donna Davis and rinkmates Marcheta Gallant, Donna Shears and Mary Byrne were pounded 16-4 by Cathy Cunningham of St. John’s.
Cunningham had three huge ends in the win, recording six points in the sixth and five points in both the third and fourth.
Davis had deuces in the first and fifth ends.
In other action, Cunningham lost to fellow St. John’s skip Laura Phillips 8-5, leaving all three women tied at 1-1 after their second day of play.
Play resumes in the women’s bracket at 12:30 p.m. today.