Buffalo Boys making noise in Digby

JIM BENDER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:52 PM ET

The Neepawa native was determined to make noise at his first senior nationals.

And Manitoba’s Kelly Robertson is warming up the vocal chords.

Before he left, Robertson figured his foursome was good enough to make the three-team playoffs at the Canadian Senior Men’s and Women’s Championships. And his senior Buffalo Boys have gotten off to a roaring start in Digby, N.S.

Robertson opened with a 7-3 win over New Brunswick’s Wade Blanchard on Saturday. He followed that with a 6-5 triumph over Northern Ontario’s Eric Harnden and a 10-6 victory over Yukon/N.W.T.’s George Hilderman on Sunday.

Supported by third Doug Armour, second Peter Prokopowich and Bob Scales, Robertson is in a three-way tie for top spot at 3-0. He shares the penthouse view with Saskatchewan’s Brad Heidt and Alberta’s Brad Hannah.

Manitoba’s “Cinderellas on sliders” came crashing to earth Sunday. In her debut on any national stage, Deb Popovic upset New Brunswick’s Heidi Hanlon 6-5 on Saturday. But Northern Ontario’s Barbara Ward stopped her 6-3, then the Yukon/N.W.T.’s Sandy Penkala pasted Popovic 9-4 on Sunday.

Supported by third Brenda Robinson, second Monica Noakes and Sherrell McColm, Popovic is tied for 8th place.

Manitoba plays P.E.I. and Nova Scotia on Monday.

Nova Scotia’s Colleen Jones recovered from surgery in time to compete in the national seniors, and is sweeping and throwing the last brick as Nancy Delahunt calls the game. Jones is alone in second at 2-0 as Alberta’s Diane Foster leads at 3-0.

JONES QUALIFIES: Alberta’s reigning world champion Kevin Koe, Brandon’s Rob Fowler and Winnipeg’s David Bohn, Vic Peters, Mike McEwen and Andrew Irving qualified for the men’s playoff round of the MCT’s Dekalb SuperSpiel in Morris. Those playoffs started late Sunday with the semifinal Monday at 10 a.m., and the final at 2 p.m.

On the women’s side, Winnipeg’s Jennifer Jones, Kristen Phillips, Joelle Brown, Lisa DeRiviere, Michelle Montford and Morden’s Chelsea Carey have qualified, with their playoff round at the same time as the men’s.

TAKING ON TIGERS: The Brandon Wheat Kings will open their WHL best-of-seven playoff series against the Tigers in Medicine Hat this Friday, with the second game in that Alberta city on Saturday. The Wheaties, who finished sixth in the WHL’s Eastern Conference, will host the Tigers at MTS Centre on March 28 and March 31 as the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair has taken over their arena.

Tickets go on sale Monday at 10 a.m.

BUCHANAN JOINS WESMEN: Shoal Lake’s Erika Buchanan has committed to the University of Winnipeg Wesmen’s women’s volleyball team, head coach Diane Scott has announced.

The 6-foot-2 middle led the Shoal Lake Sharks to the provincial championship when she was in Grade 10, and they were finalists the last two years.

Buchanan, an honour roll student, was also a member of the 2010 club team that represented Canada at the NORCECA Women’s Junior Volleyball Championships in Tijuana, Mexico.


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