Lead Desi Hurley hollers to his teammates during Howie Gray's morning match against Jamie Murphy from the Mayflower Curling Club. Gray lost the first of a triple-knockout, 8-3, of the men's northern zone Molson Tankard playdowns. Raissa Tetanish - Amherst Daily News
AMHERST - Howie Gray and his teammates have suffered their first loss in a triple-knockout provincial qualifier.
Gray, along with lead Desi Hurley, second Ray Fowler and third Bob Sutherland, was handed an 8-3 loss to the Mayflower Curling Club's Jamie Murphy during the opening of the Nova Scotia Curling Association's men's northern zone Molson Tankard playdowns.
The playdowns are a qualifier for the provincial championships to be held in Dartmouth next month.
Gray's next match is at 4:30 p.m. today.