February 25, 2011
Rosser rolling at senior women’s spielRides momentum from Scotties
By KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency
She’s just a few weeks removed from being named the all-star skip at the Manitoba Scotties Tournament of Hearts.
It was apparently justified, too, because Springfield’s Karen Rosser is continuing her fine play this week at the Tim Hortons Senior Women’s Curling Championship at the Heather.
Rosser, who had a remarkable run at the provincial women’s championship in Altona in late January, improved to 3-0 on Friday afternoon with a 9-3 drubbing of Fort Garry’s Deb McCreanor.
Rosser scored five in the seventh to put the game out of reach, which wasn’t bad considering she had a bad spill on the ice earlier in the contest.
“I must have just stepped off the backboard with my slider foot instead of my gripper foot,” said Rosser, who was a little shaken up but not too worse for wear. “Not concentrating, I guess.”
What Rosser did concentrate on more of this winter was curling itself. She put a young team together for the women’s playdowns and made it all the way to the semifinals, where she lost to eventual champion Cathy Overton-Clapham.
Since this is her first year in the senior division, she was coaxed into playing by two people she had played against for 30 years, Bev Atkins and Lynn Sandercock.
Atkins plays third, Sandercock is the second, and Rosser’s longtime third in women’s play, Janice Sandison, has assumed the lead role.
“Bev and Lynn called me up this summer and asked if I would play seniors, and I went, ‘No, no! I’m still playing ladies!’ I said my schedule’s pretty heavy,” Rosser said. “But they said there was very little commitment, so I said OK.”
Even though it hasn’t played together much, the Rosser foursome breezed through its first three round-robin games by a combined score of 25-11 and was playing Brandon’s Joyce McDougall at press time on Friday night.
“I love the game. I love playing competitively,” Rosser said. “I want to win ’em all.”
In senior men’s play on Friday morning Kerry Burtnyk was upset 8-7 by Dauphin’s Dwight Bottrell, dropping his record to 2-1. Burtnyk, who plays out of Assiniboine Memorial, bounced back in the afternoon with a 7-3 triumph over the Granite’s James Hay.
Going into the late draw Fort Rouge’s Ron Westcott and Neepawa’s Kelly Robertson were 4-0, while Fort Rouge’s John Bubbs and the Granite’s Bob Sigurdson were 3-0.
On the women’s side only Hamiota’s Sandra Cowling was 4-0, while Fort Garry’s Deborah Popovic was with Rosser at 3-0 going into the late draw.