Back to nationals

ADAM WAZNY -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:36 AM ET

Joyce McDougall might have been a stone cold killer in the hack over the weekend, but she finally showed some emotion yesterday.

It seems a return to the Canadian Senior Championships will soften up even the fiercest competitor.

McDougall and her Souris rink -- which consists of Helen Fenwick, Pam Horn, Karen Dunbar, and Lynne Locke -- are on their way to Prince Edward Island later this month after winning the Manitoba Senior Women's Championship at the Victoria Curling Club yesterday afternoon.

McDougall beat Brandon's Lois Fowler 7-5 to claim her second provincial championship in three years.

"You know that song '(Dancing) on the ceiling' -- that's what it feels like," a teary McDougall said afterwards. "We're just elated we get to go back.

"Once you've been to the Canadians, you really want to go back," she continued. "That's what it's all about, to represent your province."

The Souris skip, who also went the nationals in 2001 as a third with the Linda Van Daele rink, only lost one game over the four-day event and continued her deadly play in the final, scoring two in both the third and sixth ends while holding her opponent to just single scores in five separate ends.

No crooked numbers for Fowler was the difference.

"They just didn't let up on anything," said Fowler, who only lost two games at the seniors -- both to McDougall. "We weren't as sharp as we've been. I don't know what it is. They've beat us four times now since January, and every game has been a nail biter.

"It's not that we're not playing well ... one of these times it's going to turn around."

The top-ranked Fowler rink advanced to the final when she got by Selkirk's Marg Streich 8-4 in the morning semifinal.

Fowler trailed 5-4 in the seventh end but scored two in the eighth and stole three more in the ninth before shaking hands.

In Melita, Howie Restall defended his provincial crown by getting past a tough Brian Fowler rink 6-5 in an extra end at the Manitoba Senior Men's Championship.

Restall, who throws third on the Granite team, watched teammate Doug Harrison make a difficult draw into the four-foot to score one in the 10th to force an extra end.

The Restall rink -- consisting of Harrison, Doug Holmes and Bill Hodgson -- went a perfect 9-0 in the provincial championship.

Like his wife Lois at the women's event, Fowler advanced to the men's title game after getting through the semifinal earlier in the day.

Fowler beat Fort Rouge's Ron Westcott 8-6 before locking horns with Restall.


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