National Masters titles for Saskatchewan, Northern Ontario

GUELPH – Saskatchewan and Northern Ontario claimed titles Sunday on the final day of the Hy-Grade Steel Roofing Canadian Masters Curling Championships at the Guelph Curling Clubs.

Delores Syrota of Saskatchewan and Al Hackner of Northern Ontario captured their National Masters championships in differing styles.

Syrota won the women’s crown by running away to an 11-1 win over Ontario’s Dale Curtis in a gold-medal match that saw the teams shake hands after the sixth end.

Hackner took the men’s honours by scoring two in the eighth and final end for a 7-5 triumph over Fred Armstrong of Alberta.

In the women’s final, Syrota scored in each of the first four ends to put the game away. Saskatchewan took two in the first, three in the second, three again in the third and one in the fourth before Curtis scored one in the fifth. Syrota came back with two in the sixth to end it.

Janet Klebe of British Columbia only scored in two ends, but it was good enough to win the women’s bronze-medal match 8-5 over Gwen Wooley of Manitoba.

Klebe had four-enders in the third and fifth ends for the win. Wooley had scored one in the second and narrowed the gap to one with two in the fourth before Klebe responded with her second four-ender.

In the men’s gold-medal match, Hackner never trailed but never got ahead by more than two as Armstrong kept the former world champion in sight. Northern Ontario scored two in the first and B.C. replied with two in the second. Hackner added another two in the third and Armstrong pulled even with one in the fourth and a steal of one in the fifth. Hackner scored one in the sixth and Armstrong equaled that in the seventh.

Jim Wilson of Saskatchewan needed an extra end to win the men’s bronze-medal match with a 6-5 win over Bill Hope of Prince Edward Island.

Hackner’s win made it two consecutive championship victories by former world champs as Ed Lukowich won the 2016 men’s title when the championships were held in Nova Scotia.

Like Hackner, Wilson never trailed and never led by more than two. He led 3-1 after the fourth before Hope scored two in the sixth. Wilson responded with two in the seventh and Hope forced the extra end with two in the eighth.

Other members of Syrota’s rink were vice Bev Krasowski, second Donna Liebrecht and lead Sylvia Broad.

Other members of Hackner’s rink were vice Eric Harnden, second Frank Morissette and lead Bruce Munro.

The 2018 National Masters are to be held in British Columbia.

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