Hanlon draws on Scotties experience
OTTAWA -- New Brunswick skip Heidi Hanlon knows a thing or 11 about national competitions.
She's been in plenty of them -- including 11 Scotties -- and it shows as she sits near the top of the leaderboard at 4-1 at the World Financial Group Canadian Seniors, trailing Saskatchewan's Susan Lang, who is 4-0.
How does playing in the Scotties compare to the seniors championship?
"Just being in a curling club rather than an arena makes it a different feel, but I don t think the rest has changed. You play the same people you did at the Scotts."
Hanlon is 1-1 against former Scotties skips, beating B.C.'s Christine Jurgensen -- a former Canadian and world champion -- 11-3 and losing to Newfoundland's Laura Philips 8-4.
Hanlon then posted three successive wins against Manitoba, Ontario and Nova Scotia.
Hanlon is cautious, though.
"Everybody can do well here. Everybody has more experience. That's what curling is, anybody can beat anybody."
If things keep progressing as they are, the showdown will be Friday's 3 p.m. draw when New Brunswick faces Saskatchewan.
Lang is posting victories, but not generating offence like her East coast competitor.
All of Lang's matches have been close except for one. The two skips are separated by one percentage point in the stats -- 80 for Lang, 79 for Hanlon.
Quebec second Maurice Cayouette is back in action after resting an injured leg ... Sudbury's Margaret McLaughlin, foremerly from Ottawa, is tied among thirds in the shooting at 76% with Linda Burnham of Saskatchewan. McLaughlin is thinking of taking next season off as the travel and cost of Northern Ontario curling is taking its toll ... Tuesday's draws are at 10 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The feature match will see Saskatchewan's Brad Heidt taking on Northern Ontario's Al Hackner at 7:30.