Skip Jocelyn Nix, pictured, is 1-1 at the 2014 Scotties provincial women’s championship in Sydney. - File
The Jocelyn Nix rink from the Glooscap Curling Club won once and lost once on the first day of play at the Scotties provincial women’s curling championship in Sydney.
The five-day tournament got underway Wednesday, Jan. 8 in Sydney, with eight previously qualified teams vying for the provincial women’s title.
At the close of play on day one, Mary-Anne Arsenault of Mayflower, the defending champion, and Heather Smith of Mayflower were both at 2-0.
Nix, Kelly MacIntosh of Dartmouth, Mary-Sue Radford ofMayflower and Tanya Hilliard of Mayflower were all at 1-1. Anne Dillon of CFB Halifax and Sarah Rhyno of Mayflower were both off to 0-2 starts.
In the first draw Wednesday morning, Nix and her teammates Andrea Saulnier, Jill Alcoe-Holland and Julie Morley lost 6-5 to Team Radford, with Kings County native Jane Snyder as mate.
Trailing 5-4 after nine ends, Radford scored the tying point in the tenth, then stole the winning marker in the eleventh.
Other scores in the first draw included MacIntosh 7 Rhyno 6, Arsenault 8 Dillon 3, and Smith 8 Hilliard 2.
In the evening draw Wednesday, Nix defeated Dillon 9-7. The Kentville rink jumped out to a 3-0 lead after one end, and sealed the victory with two in the ninth for a 9-6 lead. Dillon scored one in the tenth, but that was as close as it got.
Other scores from the second draw included Arsenault 10 Radford 4, Smith 7 MacIntosh 6, and Hilliard 10 Rhyno 9.
There are two draws Thursday, afternoon and evening – Nix plays Hilliard in the afternoon draw, and MacIntosh in the evening.
On Friday, Nix plays Smith at 1 p.m. and Arsenault at 7 p.m., then meets Rhyno in the final round robin draw Saturday morning at 9.
The playoffs, including a tie-breaker if necessary, goSaturday and Sunday. The provincial final is set for 9 a.m. and, if necessary, 2 p.m. on Sunday.