The Scotties Tournament of Hearts comes to Sydney, N.S.’s, Centre 200 this Feb. 16-24. Get to know the teams that will be competing for the Scotties crown this year.
Prince Edward Island
Suzanne Birt will make the short jaunt across the Northumberland Strait from her home province of Prince Edward Island to Nova Scotia to participate in the 2019 Scotties Tournament of Hearts.
It will be Birt’s 10th appearance at the national women’s curling championship as she, vice-skip Marie Christianson, second Meaghan Hughes and lead Michelle McQuaid defeated Veronica Smith 10-4 to claim the P.E.I. crown.
The Charlottetown Curling Complex foursome did it the hard way, bouncing back after losing its first two games at the modified triple-knockout provincial championship, held at the Western Community Curling Club.
Birt (nee Gaudet) is the former 2001 World Junior champion and claimed her first of 10 provincial women’s titles back in 2003. This time around, Birt took advantage of multiple scores in the third, fourth, sixth and seventh ends to open a 10-2 lead on Smith, Jane DiCarlo, Sabrina Smith and Whitney Jenkins. After Smith recorded a deuce in the eighth, the two teams shook hands.
This will be Birt’s first appearance at the Scotties since 2016.
Tickets for the 2019 Scotties Tournament of Hearts are available online at: https://www.curling.ca/2019scotties/tickets/ and shuttle bus service is available all day from Centre 200 to the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion (HeartStop Lounge). This is the first time the Scotties has been in Nova Scotia since 1992.