YELLOWKNIFE -- Alan O'Leary and his rink from Nova Scotia earned their province its first men's Canadian senior curling championship on Saturday by downing Manitoba's Kelly Robertson 9-8.
O'Leary, who skipped Nova Scotia in the 1993 and 1994 Briers, trailed 8-7 heading into the final end, but stole two in the 10th to claim victory.
Robertson trailed O'Leary by two after the first end and 6-4 after six ends before responding with a three spot in the seventh to go ahead 7-6, Manitoba's first lead of the match.
O'Leary, along with teammates Andrew Dauphinee, Danny Christianson and Harold McCarthy of the Halifax Mayflower Curling Club finished round-robin play tied with Manitoba at 9-2, but were awarded a bye into the final because of a 9-7 win over Robertson in an earlier draw.
On the women's side, Lois Fowler and Manitoba toppled Lorraine Arguin and her rink from Saskatchewan 5-1 in the final to be crowned women's senior curling champions.
Scoreless through three ends, Fowler opened up a 1-0 edge in the fourth and it remained that way until the seventh, when Arguin responded with one of her own.
Fowler and her team of Maureen Bonar, Cathy Gauthier and Allyson Stewart from the Brandon Curling Club took three in the eighth and added one more in the ninth.
Fowler finished third at the Canadian seniors in 2009 and 2013, but had never won. In 1993 she was runner-up to Sandra Schmirler in the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.