Arguin bows out in provincial semifinal

Matthew Gourlie
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Inglis wins senior women's provincial curling title


Lorraine Arguin’s foursome played consistently well at the senior women’s curling provincials.

Unfortunately for the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre rink they ran into two teams that were playing little better at the Affinity Credit Union Senior Women’s provincial curling championship in Martensville.

Arguin lost 9-8 in an extra end to Merle Kopach in the semifinal Saturday.

Cathy Inglis won her first senior women’s title with an 8-2 win over Kopach.

“We had a good week. We took a good run at it,” said Arguin who was joined by third Donda Lee Deis, second Shelley Urquhart and lead Aline Kirk.

“We had good draw weight and the ice was nice and keen,” said Arguin. “It was a pretty even field too. There were a lot of good teams there. Any draw, on any given day, any team could win.”

There was nearly a three-way tie for third out of the last draw, but Kopach emerged as the third-place finisher after upsetting Inglis, while Darlene Gillies and Delores Syrota — the last two champions — both lost.

The Arguin rink won their first five matches before losing to Inglis in the round robin. Arguin finished second with a 6-1 record to advance to the semifinal.

In the semifinal, Kopach tied the game in the 10th and stole the winning point in the 11th.

“The semifinal game was a back-and-forth game. We got three twice, but in that (last end) they made everything just perfect,” said Arguin. “My last shot, I had a long raise runback and just missed it. I was running it back about 15 feet. It was quite a ways. Those are hard, you have to hit it perfect.”

Inglis will now represent Saskatchewan at the nationals in Summerside, P.E.I. in March.

Gord Bell from Regina won the senior men’s provincial title in Assiniboia. Bell beat Eugene Hritzuk 9-6 by stealing three points in the 10th end of the final.

Organizations: Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre, Affinity Credit Union Senior Women

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Summerside, Assiniboia

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