Going into Sunday play at the second annual Atlantic Canada curling season-opening Curl Atlantic Championship, on arena ice at the Tantramar Veterans Memorial Civic Centre in Sackville NB, at least two of the three PEI teams entered have a shot at making the championship round on Monday.
Eddie MacKenzie is at 3-1, racking up three straight wins after losing his Friday morning opener on Friday 7-6 to Jamie Murphy of Halifax in an extra end, beating Terry Odishaw of New Brunswick 7-2 Friday afternoon, Ken Peddigrew of St. John’s 9-6 Saturday afternoon, and Mark Dacey of Halifax 6-5 on Saturday night. He wraps up round robin play against Chad Stevens of NS at noon today.
Suzanne Birt and her team are at 2-1, opening with a 7-3 win over Jessica Ronalds of NB, edging fellow Islander Kathy O’Rourke who is returning to competitive curling after a year off, by a 6-5, score, and losing 5-4 to Kelly MacIntosh from Nova Scotia. Team Birt ends round robin action against Colleen Pinkney of NS (1-2) at noon, and Mary-Arsenault, who is undefeated at 3-0, at 8 pm.
Kathy O’Rourke, backed up by Meaghan Hughes throwing fourth rocks, picked up her 1st win last night, 8-7 over Ronalds (0-3) to go to 1-2, following a 4-2 loss to Arsenault, and the loss to Birt. The O’Rourke squad finish the round robin against Kelly MacIntosh at noon, and Colleen Pinkney at 8 pm.
The semi-finals go Monday at 9 am, with the finals at 1:30 pm.
Tickets, at $5 per draw, are available at the door.