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Canada's curlers roaring out of gate at senior worlds

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FREDERICTON -- Canada's Rob Armitage opened the world senior curling championship with a pair of victories Saturday.

Armitage, third Keith Glover, second Randy Ponich and lead Wilf Edgar opened the tournament with a 10-0 blowout against Germany's Klaus Unterstab and followed that with a 7-2 victory over Finland's Kari Keraenen.

"We're 2-0, and that's what's expected," said Armitage, who faces England today. "We've got the high seed, so we've played a couple of the teams that aren't ranked at the top, even though they were both decent teams.

"It's a good start, and now we're down to where we're feeling comfortable with the ice and I think we'll play well from here on in."

It's the first time Armitage and his teammates from Red Deer, Alta., have represented Canada at an international event.

"There is some pressure wearing the Maple Leaf, and there are some good teams here," Armitage said at the Grant-Harvey Centre. "The fact that Canada has won this seven of the 11 years and all that, you think about it... It's a world curling event, and you don't want to go out and stink it up for your country, that's for sure."

In women's play, Canada's Cathy King and her St. Albert, Alta., teammates, third Carolyn Morris, second Lesley McEwan and lead Doreen Gares, beat Ireland's Mary O'Kane 8-2.

"It's good to come out firing, that's for sure," said King, who is back in action today against Russia's Liudmila Murova.

"It wasn't our best game, but Carolyn played really strong and that helped me to set up the end for my shots. It was a good feeling to get onto the ice and get some of the jitters out."

The world seniors are being staged jointly with the 2013 world mixed doubles championship.

The Canadian mixed doubles duo of Robert Desjardins and Isabelle Neron from Sagueuay, Que., scored four in the first end and went on to beat Italy 7-4 in their first match.

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 14, 2013 B7

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