Jeanne Duffenais wins 5th-Straight Women's Crown
Bob MacWilliams unseats 5-time defending champ Lou Nowlan for Men's title
Jan. 24-The Bob MacWilliams rink from the host Cornwall Curling Club have become the first team in six years to beat Summerside's Lou Nowlan rink in a PEI Masters Curling Championship final, with a 6-4 win this afternoon. Both winner MacWilliams and runner-up Nowlan will now advance to the Maritime Masters championships, February 10-13th, at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club, home club of Nowlan, the defending Maritime Masters champion.
Photo (L-R): Jim Farquharson, Roy Coffin, Al MacCormac, Bob MacWilliams
Nowlan came out strong in today's eight-end final, taking a deuce with hammer in the first end, and stealing a single in the second. MacWilliams matched Nowlan's scores in the next two ends, and grabbed the lead by stealing a pair in the fifth end. The teams exchanged singles in the next two ends, and the teams shook hands in the 8th. Playing with MacWilliams were Al MacCormac, Roy Coffin, and Jim Farquharson, while Doug Currie, Wayne Gardiner and Raymond Thompson round out the Nowlan foursome. Nowlan advanced to the final with a 10-3 win this morning over Cornwall's Chick Morrison foursome, taking a triple in the fifth end, and bringing the game to a speedy conclusion with a four-point seventh end to win the B section of this double-knockout event. MacWilliams beat Morrison 5-2 yesterday to win the A side, but lost to Nowlan 6-4 in a B-section semi-final. The Jeanne Duffenais rink from Summerside won the women's side yesterday, with clubmate Marg Nowlan also advancing to the Maritime Masters by virtue of her second place finish. Duffenais is defending Maritime champ. Masters curlers are age 60 and over.
Jan. 23-The Jeanne Duffenais rink from the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club have won their 5th-straight PEI Women's Masters Championship, winning both their games in the three-team round robin, and making the final round unnecessary. In today's final round robin game, they defeated Diane MacKay of the host Cornwall Curling Club by an 8-4 score. Playing with Duffenais are Georgie Coulson, Marjorie Campbell, and Wanda MacLean. Campbell is from Montague, and stepped in this year to replace former team member Ann Currie, who passed away last month.
Runner-up in the women's section is the rink of Marg Nowlan, Mabel Gardiner, Pat Barrett and Doreen Gunn, also from the Silver Fox. Both winner and runner-up will advance to the Maritime Masters Curling Championships, February 10-13 at their home Club, the Silver Fox. Duffenais is the defending Maritime Masters champion.
Photo: L-R Jeanne Duffenais, Georgie Coulson, Marjorie Campbell, Wanda MacLean