Zinck goes unbeaten

MONTY MOSHER -- Halifax Herald

, Last Updated: 11:01 AM ET

YARMOUTH -- For the second straight season, a Mayflower team has gone unbeaten to win the Scott Tournament of Hearts provincial women's curling championship.

Kay Zinck, with teammates Mary Mattatall, Candice Mittelstadt and Monica Moriarty, beat Truro's Virginia Jackson 7-3 in the final Sunday to finish an 8-0 week at the Yarmouth Curling Club. The team went 11-0 overall in provincial playdowns.

Zinck formed a team with Mattatall and Moriarty last season. Mittelstadt replaced Cathy Donald this year.

The team had double life Sunday against Jackson, but sent everybody home early.

"We came out with the attitude that we didn't have to do anything different that we've done all week," said Zinck. "We've given up very few steals and taken lots of multiples and given up very few multiples and we just had to play our game."

The Zinck foursome will join Mayflower's Colleen Jones at the Scott Tournament of Hearts Canadian women's championship, Feb. 19-27 in St. John's, Nfld. Zinck and Jones were teammates for years and share a Canadian championship more than two decades ago.

Jones is in the draw as Team Canada after winning the past four Canadian championships.

Zinck said she's looking forward to facing the reigning Canadian and world champ.

"Colleen doesn't go in anything local, so we don't play her all year," she said. "I practise beside her almost every day, but we don't get to see them in the bonspiels and play them so it will be a good test. They are the best in the world."

Heather Smith-Dacey matched Zinck's level of perfection to win the provincial Scott last year, beating Zinck in the final at Mayflower, but Jackson eliminated the defending champion with a 6-5 win in an extra end in Saturday night's semifinal.

It is the sixth provincial women's championship for the 43-year-old Zinck.

She won four with Jones and was the mate on Jones's first Canadian championship team in 1982. Her only other triumph as a skip came in 2000 with Smith-Dacey as her third.

It was a sweet victory for the Dalhousie grad after losing in finals in the past two years.

But it may have been even sweeter for Mattatall and Moriarty.

Mattatall won three titles with Jones and skipped her own team to a provincial win in 1998, but hasn't been to the nationals since.

Moriarty won three times with Jones, her older sister, and threw second stones on the 1982 Canadian championship foursome. However, she hasn't played in a national Scott since 1989.

"It's always wonderful to go to the Scott event," said Zinck. "It's just so phenomenal . . . to be recognized as a superior curler in your province. It's just a wonderful feeling, especially with these girls. Mary and Monica are very hungry. They haven't been there for a few years. I think no one is more excited than Monica to get back on the national scene."

Moriarty said facing her sister at nationals will be business as usual. She said she will only be concerned about outplaying her opposing lead.

"They are just a really good team you've got to be up for," she said. "When you go to a Canadian (championship) and she's Team Canada I think every team there thinks they are the team to beat. We've just got to go out and play our best."

The teams played it tight for the early ends before Zinck opened a 3-1 lead with deuce in the fourth end.

The game swung in the sixth end when Jackson tried to run back one of her own stones against two Zinck counters and came up light. Zinck drew to the eight-foot for three and a 6-2 lead.

The teams traded singles from there and Zinck ran Jackson out of rocks in the 10th end.

Jackson, named the tournament's most sportsmanlike player, was after a fourth provincial Scott and first since 1995. Two of her teammates - Colleen Pinkney and Shelley MacNutt - won with Truro's Nancy McConnery in 2002, beating Zinck in the final.

"There's a reason they went undefeated," said Jackson, who hinted at retirement after 34 years in the sport. "I just wasn't as sharp as I've been in past games."


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