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Curtis rink needs to return to winning ways … and fast

Newfoundland and Labrador lead Erica Trickett (left) and second Julie Devereaux (right) look on as Northern Ontario skip Krista McCarville yells instructions to her sweepers during action at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in St. Catharines, Ont., on Tuesday. Northern Ontario won 6-3.
Newfoundland and Labrador lead Erica Trickett (left) and second Julie Devereaux (right) look on as Northern Ontario skip Krista McCarville yells instructions to her sweepers during action at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in St. Catharines, Ont., on Tuesday. Northern Ontario won 6-3.

After a fine start at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, Newfoundland and Labrador is having a hard time finding wins.

Stacie Curtis’s rink needs to re-discover some soon if it is to have any realistic hope of a playoff berth at the Canadian women’s curling championship in St. Catharines, Ont.

Curtis, third Erin Porter, second Julie Devereaux and lead Erica Trickett have lost four straight games to see their record drop to 2-4. The latest two losses came Tuesday, as the rink from St. John’s dropped a 6-3 decision to Northern Ontario and then fell 7-4 to Quebec.

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The top four finishers at the conclusion of the round robin Friday morning advance to the Page playoff , and history has shown that teams can’t afford more than five losses to have any realistic playoff aspirations. Even then, it is no certain proposition. In the past, some teams have failed to advance with just four losses.

If the St. John’s rink is to begin a rebound, it will have to do so against  some tough competition. Newfoundland’s competition this morning  is former champion Rachel Homan of Ontario, who was undefeated heading into Tuesday’s late games, and reigning champ Chelsea Carey and Team Canada in tonight’s draw.

 

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