Suzanne Birt wins PEI Women’s Curling Title (Journal)

Summerside native headed back to national Scotties

SUMMERSIDE – The Suzanne Birt rink is the 2015 P.E.I. Scotties Tournament of Hearts champions.

Suzanne Birt won her eighth P.E.I. women’s curling title as a skip on Monday afternoon.

Birt defeated the Kathy O’Rourke team 10-4 in a battle of Charlottetown Curling Complex rinks to win the provincial women’s curling championship at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club in Summerside.It’s Birt’s eighth P.E.I. women’s title. Her teammates are third stone Shelly Bradley, second stone Michelle McQuaid and lead Susan McInnis. Peter Gallant coaches Team Birt.

The runner-up O’Rourke team includes Robyn Green, who throws fourth stones; Meaghan Hughes, who tosses third; lead Tricia Affleck; alternate Stefanie Clark, and coach Al Ledgerwood. O’Rourke, who was also runner-up last year, throws second stones and calls the game.

Both skips are Summerside natives.

The Birt foursome will now advance to the national 2015 Scotties national Tournament of Hearts in Moose Jaw, Sask., from Feb. 14 to 22.

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Star-studded field nearly complete for 2015 Scotties Tournament of Hearts (CCA)

The top three teams in Canada, and many of the sport’s most familiar names have qualified for what should be a memorable 2015 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, beginning Feb. 14 in Moose Jaw, Sask.

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Val Sweeting, Jennifer Jones and Rachel Homan are all headed to Moose Jaw, Sask., for the 2015 Scotties. (Photos, CCA/Michael Burns)

Two-time defending champion Rachel Homan and her Ottawa team — third Emma Miskew, second Joanne Courtney, lead Lisa Weagle and coach Richard Hart — will be pushed extremely hard when the Canadian Women’s Curling Championship kicks off at Mosaic Place in Moose Jaw.

Among the survivors of various provincial finals on the weekend were the reigning Olympic gold-medallist (Manitoba’s Jennifer Jones of Winnipeg), the champion of the 2014 Home Hardware Canada Cup, presented by Meridian Manufacturing (Alberta’s Val Sweeting of Edmonton), a three-time Canada Cup champion (Saskatchewan’s Stefanie Lawton of Saskatoon), a five-time Scotties and two-time world champion (Nova Scotia’s Mary-Anne Arsenault of Halifax) and a Scotties veteran who’ll be making her 12th appearance at the event (Newfoundland/Labrador’s Heather Strong of St. John’s).

Jones, Sweeting and Homan are currently ranked one-two-three on the Canadian Team Ranking System.

The complete field for Moose Jaw will be filled out this coming Sunday in Fredericton Junction when New Brunswick determines its champion.

Jones, backed up by third Kaitlyn Lawes, second Jill Officer, lead Dawn McEwen and coach Wendy Morgan, will take aim at her fifth Scotties crown after winning the Manitoba Scotties on Sunday in Winkler, beating Kerri Einarson 5-2 in the final.

Sweeting, meanwhile, teamed with third Lori Olson-Johns, second Dana Ferguson, lead Rachelle Brown and coach Garry Coderre to win her second straight Alberta title, beating Chelsea Carey 9-7 in the final at Lacombe. Sweeting beat Homan in the Home Hardware Canada Cup final after losing the Scotties final to Homan last year in Montreal.

Jones, Homan and Sweeting were all part of Team Canada’s triumph at the recent World Financial Group Continental Cup, presented by SecurTek Monitoring Solutions, earlier this month in Calgary.

Lawton, meanwhile, showed no signs of rust in winning her fourth Saskatchewan title. Lawton took the first half of the season off after giving birth in October; she’ll be joined by third Sherry Anderson, second Sherri Singler, lead Marliese Kasner and coach Rick Folk as the home team in Moose Jaw. She beat Michelle Englot 6-3 in the Saskatchewan final at Assiniboia.

Arsenault will be skipping at her third Scotties after winning her Scotties and world titles playing second for the legendary Colleen Jones team. Teaming with third Christina Black, second Jane Snyder, lead Jennifer Baxter and coach Peter Corkum, Arsenault beat Theresa Breen 7-5 at Dartmouth.

Strong, meanwhile, won her 12th Newfoundland/Labrador title, with a 6-4 triumph over Stephanie Guzwell in the final in St. John’s. Strong will make the trip to Moose Jaw with third Stephanie Korab, second Jessica Cunningham, lead Kathryn Cooper and coach Geoff Cunningham.

Here’s a look at the rest of the field, including the participants in the pre-qualifying round that will be staged Feb. 12-14:

B.C. — Patti Knezevic (third Kristen Fewster, second Jen Rusnell, lead Rhonda Camozzi; Prince George), won her first B.C. title with a 5-3 triumph over Sarah Wark at Maple Ridge.

Ontario — Julie Hastings (third Christy Trombley, second Stacey Smith, lead Katrina Collins; Toronto) claimed her first Ontario championship, beating six-time champion Sherry Middaugh 9-5 at Penetanguishene.

Northern Ontario — Tracy Horgan (third Jennifer Horgan, second Jenna Enge, lead Amanda Gates, alternate Courtney Chenier, Andrea Ronnebeck; Sudbury) will wear Northern Ontario colours at the Scotties for the first time; she’s a former Ontario women’s champ.

Quebec — Lauren Mann (third Amélie Blais, second Brittany O’Rourke, lead Anne-Marie Filteau; Montreal) prevailed in Victoriaville, beating Roxanne Perron 10-6 in the final.

Prince Edward Island — Suzanne Birt (third Shelly Bradley, second Michelle McQuaid, lead Susan McInnis, coach Peter Gallant) won her eighth P.E.I. title, beating Kathy O’Rourke 10-4 in an all-Charlottetown final Monday in Summerside.

Yukon — Whitehorse’s Sarah Koltun (Chelsea Duncan, second Patty Wallingham and lead Jenna Duncan) is making her second straight trip to the national Scotties.

Northwest Territories — Kerry Galusha of Yellowknife (third Ashley Green, second Megan Cormier, lead Wendy Miller) has appeared in 11 previous Scotties.

For the first time in the history of the Scotties, there will be a pre-qualifying round to determine the final entry into the 12-team main draw of the Canadian championship.

Team Canada is joined in the main draw by the 10 teams with the best combined records in the previous three Scotties, meaning first-time participant Northern Ontario, along with the Yukon and Northwest Territories will play off for the 12th and final berth. Nunavut declined an opportunity to participate.

Northern Ontario, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories will play a single round-robin at Mosaic Place, with the teams with the two best records advancing to the play-in game, which will be contested Saturday, Feb. 14, at 2 p.m. (all times Central), concurrent with the opening draw of the Scotties round-robin. Admission to the pre-qualifying rounds is free.

The schedule for the pre-qualifying round:

Thursday, Feb. 12
7 p.m. — Northwest Territories vs. Northern Ontario
Friday, Feb. 13
8 a.m. — Northern Ontario vs. Yukon
3:30 p.m. — Yukon vs. Northwest Territories
Saturday, Feb. 14
2 p.m. — Pre-qualifying final

TSN/RDS2, the official broadcast partner of the CCA’s Season of Champions, will provide complete coverage of the Scotties, leading to the gold-medal game on Feb. 22 at 7 p.m.

The winner of the 2015 Scotties will represent Canada at the ZEN-NOH World Women’s Championship, March 14-22 in Sapporo, Japan, in addition to qualifying for the 2015 Home Hardware Canada Cup in Grande Prairie, Alta., the 2016 World Financial Group Continental Cup in Las Vegas and the 2016 Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Grande Prairie.

For ticket information, go to http://www.curling.ca/2015scotties-en/tickets/

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Suzanne Birt wins her 8th PEI Women’s Curling Championship

The Suzanne Birt rink from the Charlottetown Curling Complex beat their clubmates the Kathy O’Rourke team by a 10-4 score in eight ends this afternoon to win the PEI Scotties Tournament of Hearts Provincial Women’s Curling Championship, sponsored by Kruger Products, at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club in Summerside. It’s Birt’s 8th PEI women’s title. This time she was playing with third Shelly Bradley, second stone Michelle McQuaid, and lead Susan McInnis. Peter Gallant coaches Team Birt.

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File photo (L-R): Suzanne Birt, Shelly Bradley, Michelle McQuaid, Susan McInnis

The runner-up O’Rourke team includes Robyn Green, who throws fourth stones, Meaghan Hughes, who tosses third, lead Tricia Affleck, alternate Stefanie Clark, and coach Al Ledgerwood. O’Rourke, who was also runner-up last year, throws second, and calls the game. Both skips are Summerside natives. The winning Birt rink will now advance to the national 2015 Scotties in Moose Jaw SK, Feb. 14-22.

O’Rourke won the A event in the modified triple knockout round, while Birt took the B and C, eliminating defending champion and clubmate Kim Dolan in the latter. The fourth team in the event, skipped by Lisa Jackson out of the Cornwall Curling Club, didn’t manage to pick up a win.

As Birt won two of the three knockout round sections, she would have taken the title had she won either the 1 pm or the 6 pm games today, while O’Rourke would have had to win both. As Birt won on the first try, the evening draw is not required.

In this afternoon’s final, Birt got on the board early, using last rock advantage to draw for a deuce in end one.  O’Rourke’s last-rock-thrower Robyn Green tied it with a draw for 2 in the second end, but Birt responded by drawing for a triple in the third. Green was facing three Birt counters in the fourth end, but made her draw for a single to narrow the score to 5-3. However, Birt drew for a triple in the next end to make it 8-3 going to the fifth end break.

In end six, Green attempted to hit her own rock onto a Birt counter to stay for two, but missed, giving up a steal of 1. Green drew for a single in the 7th to make it 9-4 for Birt. In the eighth, Birt attempted to put the game out of reach with a hit and stick for two, but she rolled out and had to settle for 1. However, one turned out to be enough, as Team O’Rourke decided it was handshake time, with a six rock deficit.

The Future Scotties developmental event for female curlers under 21 was held at the same time and venue as the Scotties, with Lauren Lenentine of Cornwall going 3-0 in the round robin, Lauren Moerike of Charlottetown finishing at 2-1,  Sierra Clyke from Crapaud and the Silver Fox going 1-2, and Kristie Rogers of Cornwall finishing at 0-3

End by end curlcast results are available at curlatlantic.com/scoreboard (there are separate results sites for the Scotties, and the Future Scotties, as the events have different numbers of ends).

 

Alberta (4-0) picks up win over PEI’s Tyler Smith (1-3) in morning draw at Canadian Juniors (CCA)

(by Al Cameron)

CORNER BROOK, N.L. — Here’s how Karsten Sturmay is spending his week in Corner Brook, N.L.

The 18-year-old University of Alberta student, who’s carrying a grade-point average “pretty near” to a perfect 4.0, is doing a unit on poetry, focusing this particular week on Shakespearean sonnets.

Alberta skip Karsten Sturmay is in the middle of a busy week at the 2015 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Curling Championships. (Photo, Amanda Rumboldt)

Alberta skip Karsten Sturmay is in the middle of a busy week at the 2015 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Curling Championships. (Photo, Amanda Rumboldt)

Also, in his biology course, Sturmay is studying genes and alleles, and their various possible mutations.

Oh yes. He’s trying to win a gold medal at the 2015 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Curling Championships, and like his schooling, is pretty near perfect in that department, too.

Sturmay’s Alberta foursome from Edmonton — third Tristan Steinke, second Brett Winfield, lead Mac Lenton, coach Jeff Ginter — improved to 4-0 on Monday at the Corner Brook Civic Centre with a tidy 4-2 win over Prince Edward Island’s Tyler Smith (Montague, 1-3) to maintain control of Pool B in the 14-team men’s competition.

“We had a high expectation coming in; we knew the competition, and we knew it would be fairly close,” said Sturmay, who leads all skips with an 85 per cent cumulative shooting percentage (next closest is Quebec’s Félix Asselin at 79). “The guys are playing well out there, and it’s beautiful ice — it’s easy to make shots out there.”

The journey to Corner Brook wasn’t easy for the Alberta team; Sturmay and and Lenton lost the 2013 Alberta junior final to Thomas Scoffin, while Steinke and Winfield dropped the final the year before to Brendan Bottcher.

“We knew that if we got here, we’d have a fighting chance,” said Sturmay, who credits the tough competition on the Alberta Junior Curling Tour as a reason for his team’s success. “But it was so big to get over that hump (and win the Alberta junior title). So big. Very emotional, to finally see those seasons of hard work pay off.”

And the hard work is continuing in Corner Brook, on and off the ice.

“It’s tough being a student-athlete; I had to miss a week of school for provincials, and I’m missing a week and half for here, so I had to drop my course load a little bit,” he said. “But it really helps when your professors are so accommodating and understanding.”

In men’s Pool A play, meanwhile, defending champ Braden Calvert of Manitoba (Winnipeg) and B.C.’s Paul Henderson (Victoria) picked up wins to improve to 3-1, behind the idle Quebec team (4-0). Manitoba was a 21-3 winner over Nunavut’s Kane Komaksiutiksak (Rankin Inlet, 0-3), while B.C. held off Newfoundland/Labrador’s Greg Smith (Stephenville; 1-3) 8-6.

In the other men’s game, Ontario’s Mac Calwell (Belleville) improved to 2-2 with an 11-6 win over Nova Scotia’s Matthew Manuel (Halifax; 1-3).

In women’s Pool A play, meanwhile, defending Canadian and world junior women’s champ Kelsey Rocque (Edmonton) improved to 4-0 with a 15-3 win over Nunavut’s Sadie Pinksen (Iqaluit; 0-4). Quebec’s Émilia Gagné (Jonquiére/Alma), meanwhile, moved into a second-place tie with idle Chelsea Brandwood of Ontario at 3-1 with a 7-3 triumph over Northern Ontario’s Krysta Burns (Sudbury; 1-3).

In the lone Pool B game, Nova Scotia’s Mary Fay (Chester) evened her record at 2-2 with an 11-3 win over Newfoundland/Labrador’s Sarah Hill (St. John’s; 0-4).

Action at the 2015 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors continues on Monday with draws at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. AST.

Round-robin games are taking place at both the Corner Brook Civic Centre and the Corner Brook Curling Club.

The top three teams in each pool, plus two teams with the next best won-lost records, then advance to the Championship Round for a further four-game partial round robin from Wednesday through Friday, with their earlier records carried forward.

Upon completion of the Championship Round, the top team of each gender advances to its respective final, while the second- and third-place finishers meet in a semifinal to determine the other finalist.

Meanwhile, the six teams of each gender that don’t qualify for the Championship Round meet in a Seeding Round to determine ranking for the 2016 Canadian Juniors in Stratford, Ont.

All members of the non-playoff teams will then compete in a Mixed Doubles competition on Saturday and Sunday.

Once the top three teams for each gender have been determined, all playoff games will be played at the Civic Centre. The men’s and women’s playoffs will be televised by the TSN network as well as RDS2 (French). The women’s semifinal is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 31, at 1 p.m. AST, with the gold-medal game at 7:30 p.m. AST.

The full scoreboard can be viewed at http://www.curling.ca/scoreboard/

Veronica Smith rink beats Northwest Territories in evening draw to improve to 2-2 at Cdn. Jrs.

The Veronica Smith rink from the Cornwall Curling Club are now at an even 2-2 win-loss record at the M and M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors in Cornerbrook NL, after picking up a 7-3 win this evening over the Northwest Territories. The Smith foursome have two games left in the round robin, on Monday at 2 and 6:30 pm AST, against New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, respectively.

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Photo (L-R): Veronica Smith, Chloé McCloskey, Sabrina Smith, Katie Fullerton, coach Bill Hope

The Tyler Smith team from the Montague and Crapaud clubs had the night off, and sit at 1-2. They play Alberta Monday morning, Northwest Territories Tuesday morning, and Northern Ontario Tuesday afternoon.

PEI’s Smith rinks lose afternoon contests at Canadian Juniors (CCA)

Rocque solid so far at 2015 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors

(by Al Cameron)

CORNER BROOK, N.L. — Kelsey Rocque’s bid to become the second skip — and first Canadian — ever to win back-to-back World Junior Women’s Curling Championships is not taking the conventional route.

Alberta's Kelsey Rocque and her team from Edmonton are off to a 3-0 start at the 2015 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors. (Photo, Amanda Rumboldt)

Alberta’s Kelsey Rocque and her team from Edmonton are off to a 3-0 start at the 2015 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors. (Photo, Amanda Rumboldt)

The 20-year-old University of Alberta student, who has won her first two games at the 2015 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Curling Championships, is doing it with a completely new lineup than the one that prevailed last year in Flims, Switzerland.

Her three teammates from last season — Keely Brown, Taylor McDonald and Claire Tully — all were in their final season of junior eligibility, so Rocque (Marcel’s third cousin, if you’re curious) had to start from scratch.

Working with team coach Amanda-Dawn Coderre and her long-time University of Alberta coach Rob Krepps, Rocque put together a new team featuring third Danielle Schmiemann, second Holly Jamieson and lead Jessica Iles, and so far it’s working out superbly, including an impressive 10-3 win over previously unbeaten Chelsea Brandwood of Ontario on Sunday afternoon at the Corner Brook Civic Centre.

“I mean, obviously the pressure was on us to get out of Alberta and to play well here. But we took it one step at a time,” insisted Rocque, whose team improved to 3-0 to take the lead in Pool A. “We were happy when we qualified out of the Northern (Alberta playdowns), we were happy when we won provincials, we were happy just to be here. We’re just taking it one game, one rock at a time.”

The Albertans broke open a tight 3-3 game through five ends by scoring three in the sixth end, and adding stolen deuces in the seventh and eighth ends before Brandwood’s team from Hamilton (3-1 after the loss) conceded.

“We played really well as a team, so it was a good win to get under our belts, for sure,” said Rocque, who’s hoping to replicate the feat of Scotland’s Eve Muirhead with back-to-back gold medals (Muirhead did it in in 2008 and 2009). “I have three great girls in front of me, so I thought we had a chance here. It’s really tough to get out of Alberta, we had to beat some really great teams there. We’re really fortunate to be here. But the girls all get along fantastic and they’re all awesome players.”

In other women’s play, 2013 Canadian champ Corryn Brown of B.C. and Saskatchewan’s Kirsten Streifel both improved to 3-0 and tied for the lead in Pool B with wins on Sunday afternoon.

Brown’s team from Kamloops rolled to a 12-3 win over Newfoundland/Labrador’s Sarah Hill (St. John’s; 0-3) by scoring three in the fourth end, stealing two in the fifth and three more in the sixth.

Streifel, meanwhile, had a tougher time of it. Her Saskatoon quartet stole single points in the ninth and 10th ends to pull out a 5-4 win over Prince Edward Island’s Veronica Smith (Cornwall; 1-2).

In the other women’s game, Quebec’s Émilia Gagné (Jonquière/Alma) was a 12-7 winner over Manitoba’s Beth Peterson (Winnipeg). Quebec improved to 2-1 while Manitoba evened its record at 2-2.

In men’s play, meanwhile, Saskatchewan’s Jacob Hersikorn (Saskatoon) won his third straight to open the M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors, putting together a 6-2 win over the Yukon’s Joe Wallingham (Whitehorse). Saskatchewan improved to 3-0, alone on top of Pool B, while the Yukon remained winless in three games.

Elsewhere, defending champ Braden Calvert of Manitoba (Winnipeg; 2-1) downed Ontario’s Mac Calwell (Belleville; 1-3) 11-6; New Brunswick’s Rene Comeau (Fredericton; 2-1) was a 10-4 winner over P.E.I.’s Tyler Smith (Montague; 1-2); and B.C.’s Paul Henderson (Victoria; 2-1) knocked off Nova Scotia’s Matthew Manuel (Halifax; 1-2) 8-5.

Action at the 2015 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors continues on Sunday, with the day’s final draw at 7 p.m. (All times NST; EST plus 90 minutes).

Round-robin games are taking place at both the Corner Brook Civic Centre and the Corner Brook Curling Club.

Once the top three teams for each gender have been determined, all playoff games will be played at the Civic Centre. The men’s and women’s playoffs will be televised by the TSN network as well as RDS2 (French). The women’s semifinal is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 31, at 1:30 p.m. NST/noon EST, with the gold-medal game at 8 p.m. NST/6:30 p.m. EST.

The full scoreboard can be viewed at http://www.curling.ca/scoreboard/

Click to read at the CCA website.

Birt, O’Rourke to decide P.E.I. women’s curling title Monday (Journal)

Defending champion eliminated Sunday

SUMMERSIDE – The P.E.I. Scotties Tournament of Hearts is down to two teams.

Suzanne Birt and her Charlottetown Curling Complex rink will face Kathy O’Rourke in the championship round of the 2015 Scotties Tournament of Hearts provincial women’s curling championship at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club in Summerside on Monday. Birt edged Kim Dolan 7-6 in the C section final Sunday.

Suzanne Birt and Kathy O’Rourke will decide the provincial women’s curling championship at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club on Monday. The two Summerside natives skipping rinks out of the Charlottetown Curling Complex will meet at 1 p.m.“It should be right down to the last rock,” analyzed Birt. “Both teams are evenly matched, and it should be some good curling.”If the Birt rink, which also includes third stone Shelly Bradley, second stone Michelle McQuaid and lead Susan McInnis, wins that game, they will represent P.E.I. at the national Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Moose Jaw, Sask., from Feb. 14 to 22.

If O’Rourke, Robyn Green, who throws fourth stones, second stone Meaghan Hughes and lead Tricia Affleck win, the teams will play a winner-take-all final at 6 p.m.

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Birt steals C final, and an advantage in the PEI Scotties Ch’ship round

The Suzanne Birt rink from the Charlottetown Curling Complex will have two chances on Monday to win the PEI Scotties Tournament of Hearts Provincial Women’s Championship title in the two game championship series, at 1 and 6 pm. at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club in Summerside. The Birt rink won two sections – the B and the C, of the modified triple knockout draw, and will take the title if they win either game, while  their opponents in both games, the Kathy O’Rourke rink, also from Charlottetown, who won the A section, would have to win both games.

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Birt stole a deuce on a measure in the 10th end of the C final this afternoon against the defending champion Kim Dolan rink, to come from behind and win their game by a 7-6 score, eliminating Dolan from the competition. Dolan took a 4-1 lead in the 3rd end, when she made a double hit for 4. Birt narrowed the gap with singles in the next two ends, but Dolan took singles of her own in ends six and 7 for a 6-3 lead. Drawing against four Dolan counters, Birt picked up a single in end seven eight. She stole another single in nine when Dolan was light on a draw to the button attempt, to put Birt one down without hammer coming home, but two great draws in the final end gave her the win, when Dolan’s fina stone left two Birt counters.

Here’s the end by end recap of tonight’s game:

End 10: Birt makes 2 great draws. Dolan draws to cut them down to 1. Measure for steal of 2. Game over Birt 7 Dolan 6
End 9: Dolan has to draw to button for 1 but is light. Dolan 6 Birt 5 after 9
End 8: Birt draws against 4. Makes it. Dolan 6 Birt 4 after 8
End 7: Birt draws against 3, but is a bit heavy & Dolan steals 1. Dolan 6 Birt 3 after 7.
End 6: Dolan draws for 2 but is light and only gets 1. Dolan 5 Birt 3 after 6
End 5: Dolan tries to hit for 2 but misses stone. Dolan 4 Birt 3 at the 5th end break.
End 4: Birt makes tap back on Dolan stone for single. Dolan 4 Birt 2
End 3: Dolan makes double for 4 to lead Birt 4-1.
End 2: Dolan hits and rolls out for blank. Birt 1 Dolan 0 after 2
End 1: Dolan tries to hit & roll out for the blank, but misses stone. Steal of 1 for Birt. Birt 1 Dolan 0.

The winning team from tomorrow’s championship round  will advance to the national 2015 Scotties in Moose Jaw SK, Feb. 14-22.

 

Dolan stays alive in PEI Scotties (Journal)

SUMMERSIDE – There are still three rinks remaining in the 2015 Scotties provincial women’s curling championship.

Kim Dolan staved off elimination in the 2015 Scotties provincial women’s curling championship at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club in Summerside on Sunday morning.

Defending-champion Kim Dolan of the Charlottetown Curling Complex scored three with the hammer in the 10th end to outlast clubmate Kathy O’Rourke 9-6 in the C section semifinal on Sunday morning, and stay alive in the modified triple-knockout format. Dolan, who is 3-2, will now face Birt in the C section final at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club in Summerside on Sunday at 3 p.m.

O’Rourke (2-2) and Birt (2-1) have already guaranteed berths in Monday’s championship round by winning the A and B sections. If Birt wins the C section, O’Rourke will have to defeat her twice on Monday.

If Dolan wins the C section, she and O’Rourke will meet at 1 p.m., and the winner will face Birt in the final at 6 p.m. If there are three different section winners, Birt will receive a bye to the final because she would have appeared in the most finals.

Click for full story in the Journal Pioneer.

Click to read in The Guardian.

Defending champ Dolan still alive at PEI Scotties, advances to 3 pm C final against Birt

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Three teams out of the original four team field still remain in contention at the PEI Scotties, taking place at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club in Summerside. Last year’s champion, Kim Dolan, staved off elimination this morning by scoring three points in the final end of her game against Kathy O’Rourke, winning 9-6 and gaining a berth in the C final of the modified triple knockout at 3 pm against Suzanne Birt.  Birt won the B event, while O’Rourke took the A.

If  the Birt rink wins the C final, they will have an advantage in the two game championship round on Monday at 1 and 6 pm, as they will win the title if they take either game, while their opponent would have to win both. If Dolan wins this afternoon, Birt would still have an advantage, as all three teams would advance to the Monday championship round, with Dolan and O’Rourke squaring off at 1, and the winner facing Birt in the championship game at 6. According to the rules, Birt would get the bye to the final game as she would have competed in all three qualifiers.

Here’s the game story from this morning’s C semi:
End 10: Dolan taps back O’Rourke to get 3. Dolan 9 O’Rourke 6 Final. Dolan stays alive, advances to 3 pm C final vs Birt.
End 9: O’Rourke team draws against 2, gets 1. Tie game going into 10th. Dolan 6 O’Rourke 6. Dolan has hammer in 10th
End 8: O’Rourke team hits against 2 & rolls out, leaving 1 Dolan stone. Steal of 1. Dolan 6 O’Rourke 5 after 8
End 7: Dolan draws for 3 to tie the game. O’Rourke 5 Dolan 5
End 6 Dolan draws against 3. Light. Gives up steal of 3. O’Rourke 5 Dolan 2 after 6
End 5: O’Rourke team draws against 1. Makes it Dolan 2 O’Rourke 2 after 5
End 4: Dolan draws for 2. Dolan 2 O’Rourke 1.
End 3: Dolan throws through for the blank. O’Rourke 1 Dolan 0 after 3
End 2: Dolan throws through for the blank O’Rourke 1 Dolan 0 after 2
End 1: Dolan draws against 1, comes up light. Steal of 1 for O’Rourke. O’Rourke 1 Dolan 0

The Future Scotties eight end developmental round robin event for female curlers under 21 wrapped up this morning, with Lauren Lenentine beating her Cornwall clubmate Kristie Rogers 12-4, and Lauren Moerike of Charlottetown defeating Sierra Clyke from Crapaud and the Silver Fox by an 8-5 score.

Lenentine went 3-0 in the series, with Moerike finishing at 2-1, Clyke 1-2, and Rogers 0-3.

The winning team from the Scotties Tournament of Hearts Provincial Women’s Championship will advance to the national 2015 Scotties in Moose Jaw SK, Feb. 14-22.

Live Curlcast results are available at curlatlantic.com/scoreboard (there are separate results sites for the Scotties, and the Future Scotties, as the events have different numbers of ends).

Updates are also available on Twitter @PEICurling.

There is no admission charge to attend the event.

Event website is: http://peicurling.com/scotties20142015

 

Reminder: Provincial Seniors Deadline is Friday

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The PEI Credit Unions Provincial Senior Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships, for curlers age 50 and over, will be held at the Montague Curling Club from February 20-24, 2015. The registration fee is $180/team plus $35 per player per season competitor card. The deadline to enter is Friday, January 30, 2015. The Seniors will be a modified triple knockout as long as there are 5 or more teams in each the men’s and women’s division.

Defending champions are the Jennifer Scott rink from the host club and the Ted MacFadyen team from the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club in Summerside.

Winning teams advance to the 2015 Canadian Senior Curling Championships, March 21-28, 2015, in Edmonton, AB.

Entries to-date may be viewed at the event website: peicurling.com/seniors20142015

As of Sunday morning, five men’s and one women’s team have signed up.

Enter online at PEICurling.com.

PEI’s Smith rinks both pick up Saturday night wins at the Cdn. Juniors (CCA)

Home team picks up crowd-pleasing win at 2015 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors

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CORNER BROOK, N.L. — When it comes to enthusiasm at the 2015 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships, competitors will be extremely hard-pressed to match the first-day performance of home-province hopeful Greg Smith.

Newfoundland/Labrador skip Greg Smith delivers rock to sweepers Kyle Barron, left, and Ryan McNeil Lamswood. (Photo, Amanda Rumboldt)

Newfoundland/Labrador skip Greg Smith delivers rock to sweepers Kyle Barron, left, and Ryan McNeil Lamswood. (Photo, Amanda Rumboldt)

The 18-year-old sales rep from St. John’s (some 700 kilometres to the east of here) had the crowd at the Corner Brook Civic Centre in the palm of his hand on Saturday night thanks to his combination of loud exhortations of his teammates, his old-school high-lift backswing on the delivery and his general delight at representing Newfoundland/Labrador at the Canadian Juniors.

All of that, combined with his team’s emphatic 8-3 win over Ontario’s Mac Calwell (Belleville), made for a memorable Saturday night for Smith.

“It was a lot of fun tonight,” agreed Smith “I’m pretty crazy on the ice — just a little bit loud. I guess I’m the male Heather Nedohin. But it was a good time. The boys played fantastic, and I followed suit.

“It’s an amazing feeling to look up in the crowd and see the Newfoundland flags, and seeing the people from your province rooting for you and cheering their little hearts out. It’s an amazing feeling, it really is.”

Smith, backed by third Ryan McNeil Lamswood, second Kyle Barron and lead Craig Laing (the team is based in Stephenville, 80 kilometres southwest of Corner Brook), improved to 1-1 in the round-robin standings thanks largely to a double-takeout in the sixth end to score a go-ahead three, followed quickly by a steal of one in the seventh and two more in the eighth to prompt handshakes from the Ontarians (1-1) and more cheers from the home-province faithful.

“I tried to feed off the crowd,” said Smith, before adding with a laugh: “I was a little hungry; I only had a muffin and a coffee today, so I had to feed off something.”

In other men’s action on Saturday night, P.E.I.’s Tyler Smith (Montague) won a roller-coaster 12-9 decision over the Yukon’s Joe Wallingham (Whitehorse) to improve to 1-1. The Islanders gave up five in the seventh end to the Yukon (0-2), but rallied with four in the eighth, then stole singles in the ninth and 10th ends for the victory.

Elsewhere, Alberta’s Karsten Sturmay (Edmonton) scored deuces in the fourth, sixth and eighth ends for a 6-4 win over New Brunswick’s Rene Comeau (Fredericton). Alberta improved to 2-0, while New Brunswick evened out at 1-1.

Also, Saskatchewan’s Jacob Hersikorn (Saskatoon) capped a perfect 2-0 opening day with an 8-6 triumph over Northern Ontario’s Tanner Horgan (Sudbury). Saskatchewan scored a go-ahead two in the eighth end, then put the win in the bank with a stolen point in the ninth. It was Northern Ontario’s first game of the event.

Team B.C. second Sam Fisher calls out instructions to teammates. (Photo, Amanda Rumboldt)

 Team B.C. second Sam Fisher calls out instructions to teammates. (Photo, Amanda Rumboldt)

 In women’s play, meanwhile, 2013 champion Corryn Brown and Team B.C. (Kamloops) improved to 2-0 with an 8-6 win over 2014 bronze-medallist Mary Fay of Nova Scotia (Chester). B.C. took an early 5-0 lead thanks to two in the first end and a stolen three in the second, then hung on for the win. Nova Scotia dropped to 1-1.

Prince Edward Island’s Veronica Smith (Cornwall) bounced back from an earlier loss to post a 10-8 win over Newfoundland/Labrador’s Sarah Hill (St. John’s). P.E.I. tied the game 7-7 with three in the seventh, then added a deuce in the ninth and a stolen point in the 10th to drop Newfoundland/Labrador to 0-2.

Defending world junior champ Kelsey Rocque of Alberta (Edmonton), with her new lineup, needed an extra end to score a 5-4 victory over Manitoba’s Beth Peterson (Winnipeg). Alberta improved to 2-0 while Manitoba dipped to 1-1.

In the other Saturday night game, Saskatchewan’s Kristen Streifel (Saskatoon) scored two in the 10th end for an 8-6 triumph over New Brunswick’s Justine Comeau (Fredericton). Saskatchewan finished the opening day with two wins, while it was the first game for New Brunswick.

Action at the 2015 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors continues on Sunday, with draws at 9:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. (Atlantic time)

Round-robin games are taking place at both the Corner Brook Civic Centre and the Corner Brook Curling Club.

Once the top three teams for each gender have been determined, all playoff games will be played at the Civic Centre. The men’s and women’s playoffs will be televised by the TSN network as well as RDS2 (French). The women’s semifinal is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 31, at 1 p.m. AST, with the gold-medal game at 7:30 p.m. AST.

The full scoreboard can be viewed at http://www.curling.ca/scoreboard/

Click to read story at the CCA

Birt steals B section in P.E.I. Scotties (Journal)

(by Jason Simmonds)

SUMMERSIDE – There will be a championship round in the 2015 Scotties Tournament of Hearts provincial women’s curling championship.

Suzanne Birt stole the final four points – singles in the seventh and eighth ends and a deuce in nine – of the B section final on Saturday afternoon to double Kathy O’Rourke 8-4 in a clash of Charlottetown Curling Complex rinks at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club in Summerside.

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Suzanne Birt and her Charlottetown Curling Complex rink won the B section of the 2015 Scotties Tournament of Hearts provincial women’s curling championship at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club in Summerside on Saturday afternoon.

With O’Rourke defeating Birt 11-9 in the A section final on Friday night, it guarantees Monday’s championship round will be required as there will be at least two teams advancing from the modified triple-knockout round.

Dolan stays alive

Meanwhile, defending-champion Kim Dolan (2-2), also from the Charlottetown Curling Complex, remained alive in the C event, eliminating Cornwall’s Lisa Jackson rink (0-3) by an 8-7 score. Jackson attempted a tricky double raise and roll the shooter with her final shot to stay alive, but couldn’t pull it off.

Future Scotties

The second of two rounds has been played at the eight-end Future Scotties’ round-robin developmental event, with the young Sierra Clyke team from Crapaud and the Silver Fox pulling out an 8-7 win over Cornwall’s Kristie Rogers foursome. Clyke scored four in the eighth end to tie the game, and then stole a single point in the extra end.

The other afternoon game had Cornwall’s Lauren Lenentine steal the seventh and eighth ends for a 7-4 victory over Lauren Moerike and her Charlottetown team.

Click for full story in the Journal Pioneer

 

Team Quebec zips to 2-0 record, PEI Men lose opener by single point at M and M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors (CCA)

(Posted by: Al Cameron) 

It had the makings of a disastrous day for Team Quebec second Lewis South.

Quebec second Lewis South managed to play through a wardrobe malfunction on Saturday. (Photo, Amanda Rumboldt)

Quebec second Lewis South managed to play through a wardrobe malfunction on Saturday. (Photo, Amanda Rumboldt)

His first delivery of the 2015 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Curling Championships Saturday at the Corner Brook Curling Club resulted in a busted zipper on his brand-new fire-engine red curling pants — a dilemma he wasn’t made aware of until the third (!) end when his mother, Nancy, frantically caught his attention.

No matter — some strategically placed safety pins solved the problem for that game, a 9-6 win over B.C.’s Paul Henderson.

Then, a quick stitch-up job courtesy of skip Félix Asselin’s mother Marie-Claude got him ready for his team’s afternoon assignment against defending champ Braden Calvert of Manitoba.

A couple hours later, South and his Quebec teammates — third Alex Cormier and lead Émile Asselin (Félix’s brother) round out the team — were grinning ear-to-ear after finishing off a flawless 2-0 day with an 8-6 win over Manitoba, thanks to stolen deuces in the eighth and ninth ends.

“We’re 2-and-0? Hey, it’s a good start to the week,” chuckled the lanky redhead from Montreal. “Lots of distractions, but we’re working our way through them. Maybe I distracted the B.C. boys this morning. Who knows?”

So, how does a wardrobe malfunction happen on the first day? Well, South is taking the heat for this one.

“I was supposed to pick the pants up a week ago Thursday, but I didn’t actually get them until the day before we left, and didn’t try them on until we got here. Hey, I was busy — mergers and acquisitions, you know,” he said with a smile. “But they’re the same make of pants as my black pants and I figured they’d fit exactly the same. But, uh, they’re a bit of a tighter fit. I wouldn’t say the zipper was defective; maybe my waistline was a bit bigger? I don’t know. But it split real nice.

“Normally I’m afraid of a pick (a rock catching a piece of debris on the ice) when I’m throwing, but this time I was more afraid of a pin-prick.”

In other men’s play Saturday afternoon, Saskatchewan’s Jacob Hersikorn rallied from a 4-1 deficit with a steal of two in the eighth end and one more in the ninth for a 6-5 win over P.E.I.’s Tyler Smith; 2014 silver-medallist Rene Comeau of New Brunswick was a 5-3 winner over Joe Wallingham of the Yukon; and Alberta’s Karsten Sturmay opened the game with five in the first end and cruised to a 9-4 triumph over Matthew Miller of the Northwest Territories — the first games for all of those teams.

In women’s play, the Yukon’s Bailey Horte evened her record at 1-1 with an 8-3 win over Nunavut’s Sadie Pinksen (0-2); Ontario’s Chelsea Brandwood improved to 2-0 with a 10-6 victory over Quebec’s Émilia Gagné; and Saskatchewan’s Kristen Streifel (1-0) rallied from a 6-1 deficit to beat Newfounfdland/Labrador’s Sarah Hill (0-1) 9-7.

Action at the 2015 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors continues Saturday with the day’s final draw at 7:30 p.m. (All times NST; AST plus 30 minutes).

Round-robin games are taking place at both the Corner Brook Civic Centre and the Corner Brook Curling Club.

Once the top three teams for each gender have been determined, all playoff games will be played at the Civic Centre. The men’s and women’s playoffs will be televised by the TSN network as well as RDS2 (French). The women’s semifinal is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 31, at 1:30 p.m. NST/1 p.m. EST, with the gold-medal game at 8 p.m. NST/730 p.m. AST.

The full scoreboard can be viewed at http://www.curling.ca/scoreboard/

Click to read this story at the CCA website

Suzanne Birt rink wins the PEI Scotties B final, Jackson team eliminated.

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The “B” final winner has been determined, and its down to three teams out of the four that began play Friday at the PEI Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Summerside. The Suzanne Birt rink doubled “A” final winner Kathy O’Rourke 8-4 to win the B final this evening. This means that the Monday championship round will take place, as there will be at least two teams advancing from the modified triple knockout round. Meanwhile, defending champion Kim Dolan remained alive down in the C event, eliminating Cornwall’s Lisa Jackson rink, the only team in the event not from the Charlottetown Curling Complex, in a close 8-7 game. Jackson attempted a tricky double raise and roll the shooter with her final shot to stay alive, but couldn’t pull it off.

End by end recap:

End 10 – 2 of 2: Jackson tries double raise & roll shooter into house but only gets 1. Final: Dolan 8 Jackson 7. Jackson out.
End 10 – 1 of 2: Birt runs O’Rourke team out of rocks. Final score Birt 8 O’Rourke 4. Birt wins the B final.
End 9: Dolan draws for 1. Dolan 8 Jackson 6. O’Rourke tries runback against 2, but misses. Birt 8 O’Rourke 4 coming home
End 8 Jackson draws for 2. Dolan 7 Jackson 6. O’Rourke team draws against 2, but a bit heavy. Steal of 1. Birt 6 O’Rourke 4
End 7 – 2 of 2: O’Rourke rink tries to draw for piece of button for 1. light. steal of 1. Birt 5 O’Rourke 4 after 7
End 7 1 of 2: Jackson draws vs 1. heavy. Gives up steal of 1. Dolan 7 Jackson 4
End 6: Jackson throws through for the blank. Dolan 6 Jackson 4 Birt draws against 4. Makes it. O’Rourke 4 Birt 4=
End 5: Dolan hits to roll out but sticks for 1. Dolan 6 Jackson 4 Birt’s draw to bite button is light. O’Rourke 4 Birt 3
End 4: Jackson gets 3 on a measure. Dolan 5 Jackson 4. O’Rourke team draws against 2 & makes it. Birt 3 O’Rourke 3 after 4
End 3: Dolan taps Jackson stone out for 4. Dolan 5 Jackson 1 Birt draws against 1, gets 1. Birt 3 O’Rourke 2.
End 2: Jackson tries to blank but sticks for 1, Dolan 1 Jackson 1. O’Rourke rink draws for 3 but get 2. Birt 2 O’Rourke 2
End 1: Dolan tries to blank but sticks for 1 to lead Jackson 1-0. Green draws against 2 but is light. 2-0 Birt over O’Rourke.

There are only two games left in the knockout round, with Dolan taking on O’Rourke at 10 am Sunday, and the winner playing Birt in the “C” final at 3 pm. If either O’Rourke or Birt win the “C” they will play in both Monday championship round games at 1 and 6 pm, and win the event if they take either, while their opponent would have to win both. If Dolan wins, the team who played in the most section finals would get the bye to the second championship round game.

The winning team from the Scotties Tournament of Hearts Provincial Women’s Championship will advance to the national 2015 Scotties in Moose Jaw SK, Feb. 14-22.

Meanwhile, the second of two rounds has been played at the 8 end Future Scotties round robin developmental event, with the young Sierra Clyke team from Crapaud and the Silver Fox pulling out a win over Cornwall’s Kristie Rogers foursome, tying the game with a four point 8th end, and then stealing the extra for an 8-7 win. The other afternoon game saw Cornwall’s Lauren Lenentine steal the 7th and 8th ends for a 7-4 victory over Lauren Moerike and her Charlottetown team. After two of the three rounds, Lenentine is 2-0, while Moerike and Clyke are 1-1 and Rogers is 0-2.

Live Curlcast results for both events are available at curlatlantic.com/scoreboard (there are separate results sites for the Scotties, and the Future Scotties, as the events have different numbers of ends).
Updates are also available on Twitter @PEICurling.

There is no admission charge to attend the event.

Event website is: http://peicurling.com/scotties20142015

 

 

 

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Birt steals extra-end win vs. Dolan (Journal)

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Birt and O’Rourke to meet again, in B final at 3 pm in PEI Scotties

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Veronica Smith rink loses opener in extra end to BC (CCA)

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PEI’s Smith rinks begin play today at the Canadian Juniors in Corner Brook

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O’Rourke outscores Birt in high-scoring A section final (TC Media)

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O’Rourke takes 3 in final end to take A final over Birt, Dolan edges Jackson in PEI Scotties

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PEI Scotties Opening Draw photos (Journal)

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Birt and O’Rourke open PEI Scotties with wins (Journal)

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PEI Scotties draws 2 and 7 pm today. Dolan vs Birt, O’Rourke vs Jackson in opening draw

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Scotties/Future Scotties updates

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2015 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors begin Saturday in Corner Brook (CCA)

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PEI’s Smith rinks begin play Saturday at the Canadian Juniors

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Teams, Draw, live streaming, scoring set for Subway Atlantic University Sport Curling Ch’ship in Montague, in Feb., hosted by UPEI

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  Entries are due Friday for the  Curl PEI Tankard Provincial Men’s Curling Championship, and the Future Tankard Under 21 developmental event. One entry has been received to-date in each event. The Curl PEI Tankard Provincial Men’s Curling Championship, and … Continue reading

Tyler Smith rink goes undefeated, wins Crapaud Cashspiel with difficult final shot

Team Tyler Smith, from the Montague and Crapaud curling clubs, won the Crapaud Curling Club Cashspiel this weekend, going 4 and 0 in the event.  In the championship game, down one coming home with last rock, Team Smith executed a … Continue reading

PEI newcomers take to the ice at Cornwall

Approximately 50 people of all ages, who are both new to Canada and new to one of Canada’s most popular winter sports, took to the ice at the Cornwall Curling Club this evening for an introduction to “the roaring game”.  … Continue reading

Gushue rink, with PEI native Brett Gallant, wins Perth Masters WCT event

The Brad Gushue rink, which includes PEI native Brett Gallant (at right in the picture) downed the Scottish Kyle Smith rink 6-1 in six ends in this afternoon’s final of the Mercure Perth Masters, in Perth Scotland, stealing a triple … Continue reading

Gushue rink in Perth Masters final – on now!

The Brad Gushue rink, which includes PEI native Brett Gallant, are playing Scotland’s Kyle Smith team in the final of the Mercure Perth Masters in Scotland. Gushue is leading 2-0 after three ends. Results here: http://www.worldcurl.com/events.php?eventid=3510&view=Scores&showdrawid=14 … Continue reading

Cornwall and Montague rinks win 10th annual George’s Deck and Recovery Under 13 Bonspiel

The 10th annual George’s Deck and Recovery Under 13 Bonspiel was held today at the Montague Curling Club, with 12 teams taking part. The first and second place teams were from the Cornwall Curling Club, while a team from the … Continue reading

George’s Deck and Recovery U13 Spiel – revised draw

Here is the revised draw for the George’s Deck and Recovery Under 13 Funspiel in Montague on Saturday. George’s Deck 2015 draw-revised … Continue reading

UPEI to host first AUS Curling Ch’ship (The Cadre)

By Ally Harris This semester, there will be one more Panthers team competing for an AUS title. Over the Christmas break, Atlantic University Sport announced that it would be adding men’s and women’s curling to its list of sports offered. … Continue reading

Montague Curl for Cancer coming up Sunday. Everybody welcome!

Annual Curl For Cancer Attention All Curlers Please come and support the Montague Curling Club Curl For Cancer Sunday, January 11, 2015 Registration just $20 per person 10 a.m. Curling Draws Bake Sale Silent Auction Trivia Challenge Great items for Gifts! … Continue reading

Provincial Masters Draw Set – play begins Friday Jan. 16 at the Cornwall Curling Club

The draw is now set for the Provincial Masters Curling Championship, for curlers age 60 and over, taking place from January 16-20 at the Cornwall Curling Club. The  two-team Women’s Division will play a Best of Five series, while the … Continue reading

Island Rookie Curlers have a new way to Rock the Ice! Check out new website and The Rookie Deal

Members, employees and volunteers at PEI’s seven dedicated curling facilities have experienced first-hand how quickly new curlers can fall in love with the sport once they have played the game. The consistent challenge for all of the curling clubs, however, … Continue reading

Relegation/pre-qualification discussion heating up at CurlingZone.com

Change is coming the Brier and Scotties this year, with relegation/pre-qualification making its debut. In the Brier, one of Nova Scotia or PEI will definitely not be in the main event, battling Yukon and Nunavut for one spot. In the … Continue reading

Draw set for George’s Deck and Recovery U13 Bonspiel

The draw is now set for Saturday’s George’s Deck and Recovery Under 13 Funspiel at the Montague Curling Club, probably the only curling event on PEI that includes both free admission and a free lunch. The 12 teams of young … Continue reading

Crapaud hosting Ruth’s Funspiel

The Crapaud Curling Club is hosting “Ruth’s Funspiel” on January 16 and 17. This single-entry event costs $25 per person, with teams playing one game Friday evening, and 2 games Saturday. A hot meal Saturday at noon is included. … Continue reading

Veronica Smith curling team takes Score! Award for December

The Veronica Smith junior women’s curling team are December’s Sport PEI/Score! Sport Charlottetown SCORE! of the Month award winners. Photo (L-R), Katie Fullerton, Sabrina Smith, Chloé McCloskey, Veronica Smith The Cornwall Curling Club rink of Veronica Smith, Chloé McCloskey, Sabrina … Continue reading

Brier curling qualifier irritating Maritimers (CBC)

Adam Casey says few players he has spoken to agree with curling championship changes A qualifying round for provincial curling teams that have not performed well in the Brier in recent years is making it more difficult to generate interest … Continue reading

Coming soon…

Adult Warm Up Days – If you have a team interested in participating this Saturday please register by noon on Wednesday, January 7.  Register online: http://peicurling.com/eventschships/competitions/about-peica-provincial-competitions/entry-form/.  For more information: http://peicurling.com/programs/adult-programs/adult-warm-up-days/ Community School Curling – 10 week program for $15 happening … Continue reading

Free 4-week Try Curling program starting Tues night in Alberton

Try Curling Alberton Join us at Western Community Curling Club in Alberton to give the sport of curling a try on Tuesdays at 6pm starting Jan. 6.  This 4-week program is for anyone age 18+ and all you need is … Continue reading

Crapaud Curling Club news

The Crapaud Curling Club is happy to  once again be hosting Community School . Registration takes place on at 6:30pm on January 7th, at the Englewood School. Curling School goes once a week for 10 weeks. It is only $15 … Continue reading

Casey bows out in quarters at US Open WCT event, Glenn Howard loses Ont. Tankard regional playdown

PEI’s Adam Casey rink gave up three points in the fifth end to trail 6-2 in their quarter-final game against Manitoba’s Reid Carruthers team at the US Open of Curling World Curling Tour event in Blaine Minnesota.  Casey picked up … Continue reading

Watch Live Now! Adam Casey vs Reid Carruthers in US Open

The US Open curling event is happening this weekend in Blaine Minnesota. Right now, PEI’s Adam Casey rink is in quarter-final play against Manitoba’s Reid Carruthers, who is leading 3-2 in the 5th end. Update: Carruthers scores three in the … Continue reading

Montague Board of Directors member and former Firefighters champion passes away

Sympathies are extended to the family, and to Montague Curling Club members and Board of Directors, on the sudden passing on Friday of Board member Clayton Martin, age 61. Martin is a two-time provincial firefighters curling champion, competing as lead … Continue reading

Jr. Curling Coach Glen MacLean wins O’Leary’s Good Neighbour award, Jr. coord. John Martin wins Citizen of the Year

Two men involved with Junior Curling at the Maple Leaf Curling Club in O’Leary were honoured with awards at yesterday’s Town of O’Leary New Year’s Levee. Glen MacLean, who coached the men’s runner-up Matthew MacLean rink at the recent Pepsi … Continue reading

Busy month for adult curling bonspiels

Coming up this month: All Island Curlers are invited to the S & E Grocery ONE ON ONE TUFF SPIEL, Saturday January 3rd at the Silver Fox Curling & Yacht Club in Summerside. RULES OF PLAY: • 4 End Games … Continue reading

Sport PEI Annual Sport Awards nomination deadline is Jan. 5

Each year, Sport PEI invites Provincial Sport Organizations, members, and the general public to submit nominations for the Sport PEI Annual Sport Awards, which are awarded in April. Nomination deadline is January 5, 2015. The awards recognize Prince Edward Island athletes, … Continue reading

Crapaud hosting Community School Curling. Registration Jan. 7

So your new year’s resolution is to learn how to curl?? GREAT NEWS! Crapaud Curling Club is happy to be hosting Community School Curling ! The community school curling runs for 10 weeks. The total cost for the 10 weeks … Continue reading

Tyler Smith rink victorious at P.E.I. junior curling championship (Guardian)

(by Charles Reid) Two out of three ain’t bad. Tyler Smith can attest after skipping his rink to its second Pepsi provincial junior men’s curling championship in three years with an 11-3 victory over the Matthew MacLean foursome on Wednesday … Continue reading

Tyler Smith rink wins Pepsi Junior Men’s Ch’ship (updated with pictures, awards)

The Tyler Smith rink from the Montague and Crapaud curling clubs beat the Matthew MacLean foursome from the Cornwall and Maple Leaf curling clubs by an 11-3 score this morning to capture the Pepsi Provincial Men’s Curling Championship at the … Continue reading

Update/Correction: Peters rink with PEI native Chris Gallant advances to Manitoba Junior semi-final

It’ll be the Braden Calvert team taking on the Cole Peters rink, which includes Stratford PEI native Chris Gallant, in semi-final play at 2:15 PEI time, with the winner taking on Matt Dunstone in the men’s final of the Canola … Continue reading

Back-to-back-to-back titles for Veronica Smith rink (Guardian)

Cornwall Curling Club team wins provincial junior curling championship The Veronica Smith rink has three-peated as Pepsi provincial junior women’s curling champs. © http://peicurling.com/ file photo The Veronica Smith rink, from left, are Veronica Smith, Chloe McCloskey, Sabrina Smith, Katie … Continue reading

Pepsi Junior Women’s Fair Play and Coaching awards presented

At the awards ceremony for the Pepsi Provincial Junior Women’s Curling Championship following tonight’s draw, the Women’s Coaching and Fairplay awards were presented. Butch McGee, coach of Cornwall’s Jenny McLean team, won the Asham Coaching Award, as voted on by … Continue reading

Veronica Smith rink wins 3rd straight Pepsi Junior PEI Women’s ch’ship, Tyler Smith plays Matthew MacLean on Wed. for men’s title

The Cornwall Curling Club rink of Veronica Smith, Chloé McCloskey, Sabrina Smith, and Katie Fullerton, with coach Bill Hope, are now three-time winners of the Pepsi Provincial Junior Women’s Curling Championship, going undefeated in this year’s event, and beating the … Continue reading

C event finals set at Pepsi Juniors

The 7 pm “C” event finals are set at the Pepsi Provincial Junior Curling Championships, following Tuesday afternoon play at the Charlottetown Curling Complex. Photo: Jane DiCarlo delivers a rock Playing in the  women’s “C” event final are Cornwall’s Veronica … Continue reading

Reminder: Scotties deadline is Jan. 2

The PEI Scotties Tournament of Hearts Provincial Women’s Curling Championship, and the Future Scotties developmental event for Junior (Under 21) women’s teams, both sponsored by Kruger Products, take place January 23-27 2015 at the Silver Fox Curling & Yacht Club … Continue reading

Island curling teams preparing for Canada Games (Guardian)

(by Amanda Hamel) In just under 45 days, nearly 2,400 athletes representing 13 provinces and territories will descend on Prince George, B.C., during a two-week period to compete in 19 different sports. In some cases, men’s and women’s teams will … Continue reading

Entry deadline Jan. 2 for 10th annual George’s Deck and Recovery Under 13 Funspiel. No entry fee, Free Lunch!

The tenth annual George’s Deck & Recovery Funspiel for curlers under 13 years of age takes place January 10 at the Montague Curling Rink. This event is FREE of charge, and includes a complementary lunch as well. It’s open to … Continue reading