The PEI Seniors Curling Championships at the Silver Fox Curling Club in Summerside, for curlers age 50+, is down to two or three games in both the men’s and women’s sections.
Alan Montgomery (left) and Blair Jay watch their rock closely, as Dale Cannon directs it into the house
The Dale Cannon team from the host club edged Alberton’s Freddy Fraser rink by a 4-3 score, aided by a fifth end triple in a game that saw the first three ends blanked, in men’s “C” semi-final play this morning.
Philip Gorveatt watches as Mike Dillon (left) and Larry Richards sweep his rock
The Philip Gorveatt team from Charlottetown, who made it to the final last year, won the other semi by a 9-3 score over Alan Inman and his Crapaud rink, bringing the game to an early conclusion with a four-point sixth end. Cannon and Gorveatt now square off in the “C” final at 2 pm. Both teams have already won one of the modified triple knockout sections, so the winner of this game will have a “double life” in the Monday championship games at 10 am and, if needed, 2 pm, and will win the championship if they take either game, while their opponent, the loser of the C final, will have to win both to be declared the winner.
In this morning’s women’s “C” semifinal draw, Kim Aylward and her host club team downed defending champion Shirley Berry and her Cornwall rink by a 12-2 score, stealing 4 points in the first and stealing another triple in the 4th, leading 8-1 at the break, and sending the game to handshakes with a four point sixth end.
Kim Pippy (left) and Paulette Richard of Team Ebbett watch a rock delivered by Colleen Soltermann
The other “C” semi saw Cornwall’s Shelley Ebbett advance to her third section final with an 8-4 win over clubmate Debbie Rhodenhizer, in a game that was tied after 4 ends. Ebbett took singles in the fifth and sixth end and stole a deuce in the 7th for the win.
The women’s playoff scenarios look like this:
Regardless of whether Ebbett or Aylward win the “C” Qualifier game at 2 pm, Ebbett has earned a ticket to the final game at 2 pm Monday.
If Ebbett wins the “C”, she will have won both the B and C qualifiers, and play in both the 10 am and 2 pm Monday championship round games, winning the event if she takes either game, while her opponent, A section winner Shirley Berry, would have to win both games.
If Ebbett loses the “C” qualifier, there would be three separate section winners – Berry (“A”), Ebbett (“B”), and Aylward “C”. The rules state that with three section winners, “the team that played in the most qualifying games” advances to the 2 pm game, while the other two teams would play off in the 10 am game, with the winner advancing to the 2 pm final. Ebbett is the only team to have played in all three qualifiers games, and would advance to the second game.
The event winners will advance to the 2019 Everest Canadian Senior Curling Championships, Mar. 23-28 at the new Chilliwack Curling Centre in Chilliwack BC.
Six men’s and six women’s teams took part in this provincial championship.