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Canada's King stays perfect at senior curling worlds

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The Canadian Press
4/15/2013 7:53:01 PM
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FREDERICTON -- Canada's Cathy King remains unbeaten at the world senior curling championships.

King's rink from St. Albert, Alta., cruised to an 11-3 win over Japan's Mikiko Tsuchiya on Monday to improve to 3-0 and atop the round-robin pool.

"There's always room for improvement," said third Carolyn Morris. "Anytime you miss a shot, there's room for improvement.

"But I like our cohesiveness. We're very much a team that sticks together through missed shots and made shots. We have each other's backs."

Canada stole four in the fifth end en route to the victory.

The world senior event is being held in conjunction with the world mixed doubles championship.

Morris is the Canadian team's most experienced player but this marks the first time that she's played in the event representing her native country. Morris played for Scotland four times, winning gold in 2005 and silver in 2003 when her family was living there for business reasons.

Curling success runs in Morris's family. Her son, Sean, is a former world junior champion representing Canada in 1994. Sean's wife, Cori, won an Olympic silver medal in 2010 playing lead for Cheryl Bernard's Canadian team.

Morris's daughter, Kim, won the Scottish women's title in 2006 and played in the world championship event in Grande Prairie, Alta. And Kim Morris's husband, Tom Brewster, won silver medals at the 2011 and 2012 world men's competitions.

Playing for Canada has been gratifying for Carolyn Morris.

"It's awesome," she said. "I can't say anything else but awesome.

"The opening ceremonies were exhilarating. I had goosebumps, I had tears in my eyes. It was fantastic. To wear the Maple Leaf is a dream come true for me. I was very proud and honoured to represent Scotland, but I'm a Canadian and I'm so excited to be here."

The Canadian team returns to the ice Tuesday to face New Zealand's Liz Matthews (1-1).

Rob Armitage of Red Deer, Alta., improved to 4-0 in the men's tournament with a 6-4 win over Australia's Hugh Millikin (4-1).

In mixed doubles action, Robert Desjardins and Isabelle Neron of Saguenay, Que., improved to 2-2 with a 12-3 win over Romania's Valentin Anghelinei and Ana-Maria Saracu.

The win came following two straight losses for Canada.

"It was important to win, we knew we couldn't lose," said Neron.

Added Desjardins: "We wanted to get our draw weight back (after Sunday), which we did. We drew very well in that game. The ice was terrific and it was easy to draw (Monday) and we're slowly getting our confidence back. That's what we needed."

The Canadians face Hungary's Zsolt Kiss and Dorottya Palancsa (2-1) on Tuesday.

Only the top two finishers are guaranteed playoff positions at the mixed doubles event, which is being staged jointly with the world seniors.

Curling (Photo: Shaun Botterill /Allsport)

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