Buckling down

TED WYMAN -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 12:27 PM ET

PAISLEY, Scotland -- Canada's Baz Buckle won his second consecutive world senior men's curling title yesterday with a 5-4 victory over David Russell of the United States. Buckle's Corner Brook, Nfld., foursome went 5-3 in the round robin at Greenacres Curling Club and then picked up a pair of wins at the Lagoon Leisure Centre to successfully defend the title it won last year in Gavle, Sweden.

"They say it's always harder to repeat, but sure enough we done it again," said Buckle.

"To do it back-to-back is something special that we will cherish for a lifetime."

Meanwhile, Canada's Anne Dunn went 5-0 in the round robin but went home without a medal after losing to Scotland in the semifinal and Sweden in the bronze-medal game yesterday.

Dunn was still happy with her experience, even though ice problems caused havoc all week for the senior championships.

"We had a really good week," Dunn said. "It was a little convoluted, it was all mixed up a little bit. Everyone accepted that, all the teams did, with all the changes that were thrown at them.

"I just couldn't find my draw weight (against Sweden). My game is the draw, and I love to draw, but I was heavy on a lot of shots. I was just not adapting. I can't blame this ice for anything."

The seniors event was plagued by ice problems, and some draws were cancelled or moved during the round robin.

The World Curling Federation said this week there is currently no location willing to take the senior championship next year, although they are still hoping to run it as a stand-alone event.


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