Double duty fails

JIM BENDER, STAFF REPORTER

, Last Updated: 1:17 PM ET

Myra Macoomb did her part.

First, she skipped her senior Heather squad into the provincials, then planned to hightail it to Portage la Prairie where she was supposed to guide a younger foursome at the Manitoba Curling Tour championships. Alas, the younger fillies let her down, dropping two straight without Macoomb.

"We were doing everything we could to get there," Macoomb said shortly after upsetting clubmate Rita Vandevyvere, the No. 1 seed, 8-4 in a city zone final at the Grain Exchange Curling Club yesterday.

But because of the seniors, Macoomb never got a chance to help the youngsters. She did, however, lead her new senior team of third Marlene Murray, second Terri Doerksen and Laura Skabar into the 2007 Mondetta Senior Women's Provincial Playdowns, to be held in Altona Feb. 22-26.

"It's very exciting, especially for the two rookies -- Marlene and Laura," said Macoomb, who helped Elaine Anderson win the title back in 1998.

Also qualifying for the senior women's provincials were: St. Vital's Elaine Jones, Fort Rouge's Linda Vandaele and Thistle's Jocelyn Owen.

SR. SPLIT: Doug Harrison helped Howie Restall win the last two Manitoba senior men's titles, then joined Granite's Carl German.

"I know it seems strange (to leave Restall) after winning it the last two years but (Brian Hodgson) said he was retiring (then didn't) and Carl and I had been talking about playing together for years," said Harrison, who also throws the last brick for German. "It was time to do it."

The second-seeded German nipped Pembina's Dewar McKinnon 6-5 in an extra end of a senior men's city zone A final at the Grain Exchange Curling Club.

Restall is now playing third for Fort Rouge's top-seeded Ron Westcott, who dropped a 6-5 decision to Victoria's Norm Magnusson in another A final.

TRIALS PLAYOFFS: Westman's Katie Kruk and Eastman's Jackelynn Payne finished the round-robin at 4-0 to advance to today's Canada Games Trials playoffs at the Granite Curling Club. Joining them Breanne Meakin and Nikki Hawrylyshen, both of Winnipeg.

On the boys' side, both Winnipeg's Brian Thomson and Interlake's Jared Kolomaya finished at 4-0 to advance to the playoffs along with Winnipeg's 3-1 Riley Smith. A three-way tie-breaker was needed to determine the last playoff spot.

CUP QUALIFIERS: At the Canada Cup women's qualifier in Ottawa, Manitoba's Jennifer Jones advanced to the championship round by sinking Saskatchewan's Sherry Anderson 10-2. Manitoba's Kristy Jenion was playing in another qualifier last night while Barb Spencer, Karen Porritt and Darcy Robertson were still alive before the late draw.

On the men's side in Edmonton, Manitoba's Jeff Stoughton, Kerry Burtnyk and Reid Carruthers were playing in qualifiers last night. Vic Peters, Randy Dutiaume and Allan Lyburn were still alive heading into the late draw.


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