Kelly Robertson-Neepawa Wins the 2011 World Financial Group Canadian Seniors

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Saturday Mar 26 2011

Manitoba’s Kelly Robertson and New Brunswick’s Heidi Hanlon emerged victorious at the World Financial Group Canadian Seniors in Digby, Nova Scotia on Saturday.

The 52-year-old Hanlon, an 11-time Scotties veteran for New Brunswick, scored her province’s first ever victory in the Canadian senior women’s championship, besting Ontario’s Joyce Potter, 8-6. Meanwhile, Robertson’s Neepawa team, which has suffered just one loss during the week, that being a 7-5 decision to Alberta’s Brad Hannah of Edmonton, while finishing first with a 10-1 mark, avenged that loss in the only game that really mattered, winning by the same score.

For the 54-year-old Robertson, a grain and cattle farmer from Neepawa, it was the biggest win of his lengthy career. He’d also skipped at the 2003 Canadian Mixed in Abbotsford, finishing with a 6-5 mark, when substituting for Mike McEwen at the national championship. Robertson’s team of third Doug Armour (who played in the 1982 Labatt Brier as third for Mel Logan), Peter Prokopowich at second and lead Bob Scales, seemed in control throughout the contest over Alberta, which had also qualified for the final by edging Newfoundland and Labrador’s Jeff Thomas, 6-5 in Friday’s semi-final. It was a leading 11th Canadian senior men’s title for Manitoba since 1965, but first since Carl German won in St. Thomas, Ontario in 2002. The Robertson foursome fired a red-hot 87%, with the skip registering a blistering 84% in the 7-5 win.

“When we stole that point (in the fifth end), it was kind of a big one,” said Robertson. “We held the lead pretty well. The boys were hitting pretty well.

“It’s certainly the biggest win of my career – a national curling championship – it’s just unbelievable. We felt pretty good coming here. We’ve been kicking around the province for quite a while. The problem is we’ve got (Jeff) Stoughton and (Kerry) Burtnyk and those guys in men’s. We’ve been as high as the fourth team in the province. We know we can play.”

On representing Canada next year at the World Seniors, Robertson added, “It’s going to be fantastic. It’s just a dream come true.”

Last year’s Canadian Seniors winners, British Columbia’s Christine Jurgenson and Alberta’s Mark Johnson, are representing Canada at this year’s World Seniors, April 16-23 in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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Team Manitoba Men's- Neepawa CC
Kelly Robertson, Doug Armour, Peter Prokopowich, Bob Scales

Story Courtesy CCA


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