Arguin off to a winning start at senior curling nationals

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At her first national championship, two out of three wasn't a bad start for Lorraine Arguin.

Left to right, lead Connie Fritzler, second Shelly Urquhart and third DondaLee Deis sit at a head table in the Great Western Lounge at the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre, as skip Lorraine Arguin addresses a crowd of supporters Wednesday evening. The quartet of curlers recieved a send-off party from the local curling community before heading to Yellowknife to compete in the 2014 Canadian Senior Curling Championships from March 22-29. 

The local curler won her first two games at the Canadian Senior Women's Curling Championships before losing 8-6 to Lois Fowler from Manitoba in the Sunday night draw.

Arguin and her Saskatchewan foursome opened play with a 7-6 win over Penny Shantz from B.C. and 9-8 win over Colleen Pinkney from Nova Scotia on Sunday morning.

Arguin and her Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre rink of third DondaLee Deis, second Shelly Urquhart and lead Connie Fritzler opened the action Yellowknife with a stirring comeback against Shantz. They trailed 5-1 in the seventh end when they scored three to get back in the game. They tied the game with a deuce in the ninth end before stealing one in the 10th to earn the win.

Pinkney scored three in the first end, but Arguin replied with three of her own in the second and a steal of three more in the third end. They stole another point in the fourth end to take a 7-3 lead. Pinkney stole a pair in the 10th end, but came up one short as Arguin held on for the win. Pinkey is a three-time competitor at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts and won the 2010 World Senior Curling title.

In the late game there was no coming back against Manitoba who led 5-2 and 7-3. Arguin scored one in the ninth end and stole another in the 10th.

Fowler, Jennifer Scott from P.E.I. and Marilyn Bodogh Ontario are all 3-0. Bodogh is a two-time Scotties and two-time world women's champion.

Arguin is tied with Alberta's Glenys Bakker at 2-1. Bakker was the second on Shannon Kleibrink's bronze medal winning team from the 2006 Turin Olympics.

Monday Arguin will meet Vicki Barrett from Northern Ontario and Catherine Derick from Quebec. Both rinks are 0-3.

Organizations: Canadian Senior Women

Geographic location: Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia Yellowknife P.E.I. Marilyn Bodogh Ontario Alberta Northern Ontario Quebec

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