Five point end helps propel Cornwall’s Rhodenhizer rink to the PEI Travelers Women’s finals

It was a long but successful 3 game day for the Debbie Rhodenhizer rink from the Cornwall Curling Club, but, with wins in two tiebreaker games, along with a five-point end in the semi-final, it got them to the women’s finals of the PEI Travelers Curling Club Championships at the Montague Curling Rink. And, they’ll have to win two more games to win the title and the trip to the nationals (venue, dates not yet announced), while their opponents, the Melissa Morrow foursome from the Silver Fox in Summerside, only need to win one, by virtue of going through round-robin play undefeated, requiring them to be beaten twice. These two teams met in the opening women’s round robin draw, with Morrow winning 6-4. The Morrow rink includes third Darcee Birch, second Lindsey Spencer, and lead stone Miranda Ellis. Morrow is a former national Travelers champ, playing second on the winning Lisa Jackson rink from Cornwall in 2015.

Photo (L-R): Women’s finalist skips Melissa Morrow (left) and Debbie Rhodenhizer

The Cornwall team, which also includes third Nancy MacFadyen, second Sandra Sobey, and lead Cindy Nicholson, started off the day with their first of two tiebreakers, against Sharon Horne and her team from the Western Community Curling Club in Alberton, picking up a decisive 9-2 victory, and advancing to the second tiebreaker game against Crapaud’s Amanda Holm team, with Cornwall trailing 6-3 after six ends. They scored a triple in seven, and stole the eighth for a 7-6 win, and a ticket to the semi-final, against Tammy Dewar and her Montague squad, who finished second in the round robin, while Cornwall was in the three-way tie for third.

In the semi, Dewar scored 1 with hammer in the first end, with Rhodenhizer blanking the next two, and then scoring a game-changing five points in the fourth end for a 6-1 lead at the fourth end break. The teams exchanged singles for the next three ends, and Montague ran out of rocks in the eighth.

The finals go Tuesday at 10 am and, if Cornwall wins the first game, 2 pm.

The Jamie Newson rink from the Silver Fox won the men’s title on Monday afternoon, with a 5-3 win over Alan Inman and his Crapaud team. Click for more.

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