Arguin wins two more games at nationals

Matthew Gourlie
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Saskatchewan tied for first at senior women's curling nationals

Lorraine Arguin is halfway through her busiest stretch at the senior women's curling nationals.

Lorraine Arguin's Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre rink is 4-1 at the Canadian Senior Women's Curling championships in Yellowknife.

Thankfully for the Saskatchewan champions, they're on a roll.

Arguin and her Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre foursome will play in four straight draws in Yellowknife. They won Monday afternoon 8-5 against Vicki Barrett from Northern Ontario and then beat Quebec's Catherine Derick 10-4 in the night draw.

"Right now we're in our big four-game marathon. We played two (Monday) and then we come right back and play two starting in the morning," said Arguin. "I just said to the girls 'it's much easier playing those four games when you've won a couple as opposed to losing.' The muscles don't hurt quite as much."    

Arguin and her rink of third DondaLee Deis, second Shelly Urquhart and lead Connie Fritzler are 4-1 at the Canadian Senior Women's Curling Championships.

"We've only had one loss, so we're pretty thankful that that's where we're at at this point," said Arguin. "We're curling pretty decently."

Their record has them in a three-way tie for first with Lois Fowler from Manitoba and Ontario's Marilyn Bodogh. Fowler is the only rink who has beaten Arguin. They will meet Bodogh Wednesday morning. There are three more rinks tied with 3-2 records.

"Lois Fowler probably curled 90-95 per cent in that game. She was amazing," said Arguin of their Sunday night loss. "There was just one end…my rock picked on a guard and it set up a steal of two. My first rock picked a guard and my second rock over-curled by a smidge and we gave up a steal instead of us getting three. It one of those shots where I could have taken one or try the harder shot for three and it backfired.

"In the end we're not upset about that. It's early in the week. We're learning the ice and where we're sitting is pretty favourable."

While their record is impressive, Arguin said that there has been a learning curve in Yellowknife. The men and women are playing at the same time and the draws are being split between the Yellowknife Arena and the Yellowknife Curling Club. Arguin played on arena ice in the afternoon and then was on club ice a few hours later Monday.

"It's very, very tricky ice. The arena ice has so much movement. It's really not something we're used to playing on all of the time," said Arguin. "It's been a real challenge to put the broom down in the right spot — especially for those in-between weight shots. Your normal hits it's not too bad and for your normal draws it's not too bad. It's your control, your hack and your tap-back that we really struggle with.

"Overall I think we've adjusted as well as we can."

Arguin played her first four games on arena ice, but was back on club ice Monday night against Quebec.

Saskatchewan scored two with the hammer the first two times they had it and stole two more in the sixth end to take a 6-1 lead. She stole four more go ahead 10-1.

"We played our first game in the curling club and it was much more readable ice," said Arguin. "The speed was very keen compared to the arena, but the ice reading was so much simpler. It was a better evening for me putting the broom down."

Saskatchewan counted three with the hammer in the 10th end to take a hard-earned win against the Northern Ontario rink that was coming off of their first win of the week in Monday's morning draw.

Tuesday morning they will face Ann McKellar-Gillis from the host Northwest Territories before meeting Cathy Cunningham from Newfoundland and Labrador. Cunningham has taken part in the Scotties Tournament of Hearts 14 times.

While they're focused on the curling, Arguin said the rink is enjoying their experience in Yellowknife.

"It's a very social event. The senior events are a little more laid back. We're all competitive, but we're visiting with people while we're waiting at the hotel for the bus and those kinds of things. It's nice."

Organizations: Canadian Senior Women, Yellowknife Curling Club

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Yellowknife, Northern Ontario Quebec Manitoba Ontario Northwest Territories Newfoundland and Labrador

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