Nix rink qualifies for Scotties provincials

John Decoste
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Skip Jocelyn Nix, pictured, and teammates Andrea Saulnier, Jill Alcoe-Holland and Julie Morley from the Glooscap Curling Club in Kentville have qualified for the 2014 Scotties provincial women’s championship next month in Sydney. Team Nix will be trying to improve on a runner-up finish at the 2013 provincials. - File

Skip Jocelyn Nix and her teammates from the Glooscap Curling Club in Kentville have qualified for the 2014 Scotties provincial women’s curling championship.

The team of Nix, third Andrea Saulnier, second Jill Alcoe-Holland and lead Julie Morley, provincial runners-up in 2013, were the second of six rinks to advance from the Scotties first qualifier contested Dec. 5-8 in Port Hawkesbury.

Team Nix, which entered the 12-team event as the third seed, received a bye into the second round and advanced to the B final with a 7-5 win over Anne Dillon.

Nix’s opponent in the B final was defending provincial Scotties champion Mary-Anne Arsenault of Mayflower, who had defeated Nix in the 2013 provincial final. This time, Nix prevailed 6-5 to punch her team’s ticket to provincials.

The only other skip to advance without a loss was Sarah Rhyno of Mayflower, the fifth seed, who recorded three straight victories, the last a 7-3 win over top-seed Heather Smith-Dacey of Mayflower.

The other rinks to qualify include Arsenault, the second seed, who moved on with a 6-0 win over Sara Spafford in the C final; Tanya Hilliard of Mayflower topped Smith-Dacey 10-4 in the D final; Mary-Sue Radford of Mayflower (with Wolfville native Jane Snyder as third) moved on with a 6-2 win over Spafford in the E final; and Dillon defeated Smith-Dacey 8-5 to capture the F final.

The final standings had Rhyno at 3-0, Nix at 2-0, Hilliard at 4-1, Radford and Dillon at 4-2, and Arsenault at 2-1.

Out of contention were Spafford at 3-3; Coralie Duchemin, fourth-seed Gail Sinclair and Smith-Dacey at 1-3; and Marg Cutcliffe and Nancy McConnery, both at 0-3.

The final two rinks for the provincial championship Jan. 7-12, 2014 in Sydney will be determined at a final qualifier Dec. 19-22 at Highlander, near Antigonish.

As of Dec. 12, Smith-Dacey, Cutcliffe, Duchemin, Sinclair and Spafford had all already registered for the last-chance qualifier.

Organizations: Mayflower, Glooscap Curling Club

Geographic location: Kentville, Port Hawkesbury, Wolfville Sydney Antigonish

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