Four teams out of the 15 entered remain in play going into the 4 pm Sunday draw at the PEI Mixed Doubles Curling Championship at the Crapaud Community Curling Club. The Jamie Newson and Miranda Ellis team from the Silver Fox in Summerside took the second of three spots in the Monday championship round this afternoon, edging the defending champion Lauren Ferguson and Calvin Smith duo from Cornwall and the host club by a 7-6 score, aided by a four-point second end, in this afternoon’s “B” qualifier game.
“B” Qualifier game winners Miranda Ellis (left) and Jamie Newson
In the other games, “A” section winners Rachel O’Connor and Ryan Abraham recorded three four-enders in a 14-6 victory over Jenny McLean and Edward White from the Fox, who scored five of their six points in the sixth end, while the other game saw Melissa Morrow and Kenny Stewart from the Silver Fox and the host club edge the Aleya Quilty and Tyler MacKenzie twosome from the Charlottetown Curling Complex 5-4 in a closely fought, low-scoring battle.
Coming up at 4 pm, Newson/Ellis play O’Connor/Abraham while Ferguson/Smith face Morrow/Stewart in the “C” semi-finals. The winners move on to the “C” qualifier match Monday at 9:30 am.
Kenny Stewart (left) and Melissa Morrow
If either “A” Pool winners O’Connor/Abraham or “B” pool victors Newson/Ellis win the “C” qualifier, they will play in both of the championship games, on Monday at 12:45 and, if necessary 4 pm, and win the championship if they take either game, while their opponent would have to win both games to be declared champion. If another team wins the “C” final, the team that played in the most section qualifiers will earn a bye to the second game.
This year’s Mixed Doubles winning team will advance to the 2019 Canadian Mixed Doubles Curling Championship, March 19-24 at the Willie O’Ree Place in Fredericton NB.