The Shirley Berry rink from the Cornwall Curling Club has captured their second section of the modified triple knockout draw and needs just one win out of their next three games in order to become the PEI Senior Women’s champs. They beat their clubmates, the Debbie Rhodenhizer rink by a 7-5 score on Saturday evening at the Crapaud Community Curling Club to win the B section, after winning the “A” final over Sharon Horne of Alberton on Monday.
Berry now faces the winner of a 10 am Sunday game between Rhodenhizer and defending champion Shelley Ebbett of Charlottetown in the “C” final at 2 pm Sunday. If Berry wins that game, she takes the championship, having captured all three sections. If not, she advances to the two-game championship round against the “C” winner, on Monday at 10 am and 2 pm, and will take the title if she wins either game, while her opponent would have to win both.
There are separate “A” and “B” section winners on the men’s side, with Cornwall’s Bill Hope beating defending champ Phil Gorveatt of Charlottetown to take the “A” section on Friday, and Gorveatt returning the favour with a win over Hope in the “B” final on Saturday evening. Gorveatt has advanced to the 2 pm Sunday “C” final, and awaits the winner of a 10 am game between Hope and Crapaud’s Dario Zannier. If either the Hope or Gorveatt rink wins the “C” final, they will have a “double life” in the two-game championship round against the other section winner on Monday at 10 am and 2 pm, and will take the title with a win either game, while their opponent would need to win both.
Three men’s and five women’s teams took part in the championship. The winners advance to the 2018 Everest Canadian Senior Men’s and Women’s Curling Championship, March 24 to 29 at the Stratford Ontario Rotary Complex.