The Kaleigh Mackay rink from the Crapaud Community Curling Club and the Montague Curling Club, up one coming home against the Lauren Moerike team from the Charlottetown Curling Complex, stole the final end for a 7-5 win this afternoon in a sudden death final game at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club in Summerside to win the PEI women’s berth at the 2015 Canada Games in BC. The Tyler Smith team from Montague swept his first two games against the Alex MacFadyen rink from the host club to win the men’s berth on Saturday.
The Mackay team also includes third Danielle Collings, second stone Alyssa Wright, and lead Kaleigh Peters, and is coached by A..J. Campbell.
Photo (L-R): Kaleigh Mackay, Danielle Collings, Alyssa Wright, Kaleigh Peters, coach A.J. Campbell
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The Moerike team, with 3rd Ashley Gallant, 2nd Annika Kelly, and lead Tati Kelly, with coach Angela Hodgson, forced the deciding game in the best of three series with a 9-6 come-from-behind win Saturday afternoon. The Mackay foursome won the 1st game in the series on Saturday morning, by an 11-3 score.
In the first half of today’s final game, Mackay took singles in the first two ends, and a deuce in the fourth, while Moerike recorded singles in ends three and five to trail 4-2. MacKay took a single in end six, but Moerike tied the game at five-all with a deuce in seven and a stolen single in eight. Moerike came back with a single in nine to lead 6-5 coming home without last rock advantage. She managed to steal a single in the final end for the 7-5 win.
The Kaleigh Mackay and Tyler Smith rinks will represent PEI at the Canada Winter Games, in Prince George BC from February 13—March 1, 2015, with the men’s curling event taking place during Week 1 (Feb. 13-21) and the women’s event being held Week 2 (Feb. 21-Mar. 1).
Tyler Smith and his Montague Curling Club team of 3rd Brooks Roche, 2nd Dylan Lowery, and lead Ryan Lowery, with coach Kevin Smith, swept the first two games in the Canada Games Selection Finals best of three series against the Alex MacFadyen team from the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club, and will advance to the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George BC. Smith also skipped the Island’s 2011men’s entry in the Games.
(L-R): Tyler Smith, Brooks Roche, Dylan Lowery, Ryan Lowery. Missing from photo is coach Kevin Smith
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MacFadyen was unable to play this weekend due to illness, so third James Dalton moved up to skip, with their alternate, Alberton’s Leslie Noye. filling in at third. Matthew MacDonald plays second, and Parker MacFadyen throws lead stone for the team, which is coached by David MacFadyen. The Smith team won the first game 12-4 this morning, and took their 2nd game this afternoon by a 8-3 score, making a third game unnecessary. After blanking the first end this afternoon, the Smith team scored singles in ends 2 and 3. The MacFadyen rink scored a single in the 4th, with Smith blanking the 5th and recording a triple in the sixth, to lead 5-1. Team MacFadyen narrowed the gap to two points with a pair of singles, but a Smith triple in 9 brought the game to a speedy conclusion.
In this afternoon’s match, Mackay had a 3-0 lead after 2 ends, with Moerike scoring a deuce in the third. The teams traded singles in 4 and 5 to give Mackay a 4-3 edge at the half. Mackay scored another in the sixth for a two point lead, but a triple in the seventh gave Moerike the lead for the first time in the game. Mackay took a single in the eighth, but Moerike responded with a double in the ninth, and held Mackay to a single in the final end for the win.
The 2015 Canada Games take place February 13-March 1, 2015 in Prince George BC, with the men’s curling event taking place during Week 1 (Feb. 13-21) and the women’s event being held Week 2 (Feb. 21-Mar. 1).