Defending Maritime champ Lou Nowlan wins
5th consecutive PEI Men's Masters
Jeanne Duffenais wins 4th-straight PEI Women's Masters
(Jan. 25) The Lou Nowlan rink from the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club are now five-time PEI Masters (age 60 and over) Men's champions, going undefeated with a 5-0 win-loss record in this year's event at the Montague Curling Club. This afternoon the Nowlan foursome, which includes Doug Currie, Wayne Gardiner, and Raymond Thompson, beat Silver Fox clubmates John Holmes, Steve Bent, Thane Birch, and Jim Praught by a 7-2 score to capture the B final. As Nowlan had already won the A section, no final game was needed in this double-knockout event. Holmes advanced to the B final with an 8-1 win over Cornwall's Chick Morrison this morning.
After blanking the first end in the B final, Nowlan opened the scoring with a deuce in end two, and stole another pair in the third. Holmes took his two points in the fourth end, but the five-time champion scored a deuce in the fifth and stole a single in the sixth to bring the game to an early conclusion. Both the winning Nowlan rink, and the runner-up Holmes foursome have earned the right to advance to the Maritime Masters Championships, Feb. 11-15, 2007 at the Thistle St. Andrews Curling Club in Saint John NB.
Nowlan is the defending Maritime champion, finishing round-robin play with a 4-1 win-loss record last year. They won the event in 2004 as well, and were one of three runners-up in Cornwall in 2005, when a shootout was held to break a four-way tie.
The PEI Women's Masters winners were decided on Tuesday, with Jeanne Duffenais of the Fox winning her fourth consecutive title, and Diane MacKay of Charlottetown also advancing to the Maritime Masters, as runner-up. Sue Anne Bartlett from the Halifax Mayflower club was the Maritime women's winner last year, while Jeanne Duffenais tied for second with Joan Davis of New Brunswick and Verda Kempton of the host Halifax Curling Club, all with 3-2 records.
Twelve men's and three women's teams took part in this year's PEI Masters.
(Jan 24) Having captured the A section this morning at the PEI Men's Masters in Montague, Summerside's Lou Nowlan has a good chance of winning his fifth consecutive PEI Master's title. Nowlan, and his teammates Doug Currie, Wayne Gardiner, and Raymond Thompson did all their scoring in three ends - one point in the first, five in the fourth, and three in the seventh, as they defeated Chick Morrison and his Cornwall rink of Tom Dunn, Lester Callbeck, and Neil Smith by a 9-6 score.
Undefeated Nowlan now has a bye to the B final, set for Thursday at 1 pm in this double-knockout event. If he wins that game, he grabs another title. If he loses, he gets another chance in the 10 am Friday final.
At 10 am on Thursday, Morrison plays John Holmes of the Silver Fox, who defeated Cornwall's John DeLuca rink by a 9-1 score this afternoon. The winner of the Morrison/Holmes game advances to the B final.
The eventual winner and runner-up will advance to the Maritime Masters Championships, Feb. 11-15, 2007 at the Thistle St. Andrews Curling Club in Saint John NB.
The women's side was decided yesterday, with Jeanne Duffenais of the Fox winning her fourth consecutive title, and Diane MacKay of Charlottetown also going to the Maritimes, as runner-up.
(Jan. 23) The Jeanne Duffenais rink from the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club finished round-robin play today in the PEI Masters (age 60 and over) Curling Championships at the Montague Curling club with a 2-1 win-loss record, giving them their fourth consecutive PEI Masters crown. Diane MacKay from Charlottetown was runner-up, finishing at 1-2, while Karen Wood of Cornwall, the third team in the competition, was 0-3. Playing with Duffenais were Georgie Coulson, Ann Currie, and Wanda MacLean, while Val MacLean, Jackie Olafson, and Marilyn Diamond round out the runner-up MacKay rink. Because there were definitive first and second-place finishers in the round robin, no playoff round was needed. Duffenais defeated MacKay 8-4 in the opening game, while MacKay beat Wood 9-5 in the second match. Duffenais stole six points in the third end en route to a 10-2 win over Wood in the final game.
Both the winning Duffenais rink, and the runner-up MacKay foursome advance to the Maritime Masters Championships, Feb. 11-15, 2007 at the Thistle St. Andrews Curling Club in Saint John NB.
On the men's side, four-time Masters champion Lou Nowlan from the Silver Fox, and Chick Morrison of Cornwall, remain undefeated, and meet in the A final of this double-knockout tournament Wednesday morning at 9. Morrison edged John Holmes from the Fox 8-7 in an extra end today, while Nowlan built up a huge 10-0 lead after 3 ends in his game against Fred Fall of Crapaud, scoring five points in the first end, stealing four in the second, and a single in the 3rd end as he went on to a 12-3 victory.
Other members of the Nowlan rink are Doug Currie, Wayne Gardiner, and Raymond Thompson. Playing with Morrison are Tom Dunn, Lester Callback, and Neil Smith.
The B final is set for Thursday at 10 am. If either Morrison or Nowlan win both A and B, they will take the championship. If there are different winners, the final goes Thursday at 1 pm.
Twelve men's and three women's teams began play in this year's Masters.