PEI Scotties Tournament of Hearts Provincial Women’s Ch’ship, Future Scotties Developmental Event

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Suzanne Birt wins her 9th PEI Scotties

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Suzanne Birt and her Charlottetown Curling Complex rink edged the Kim Dolan team by a 5-4 score this afternoon at the Montague Curling Club to win Birt’s 9th PEI Scotties in a tight battle against a very experienced team, led by Charlottetown’s Dolan, who has 10 PEI women’s titles to her credit.

birt4PEICurling.com photo: Suzanne Birt

Birt, a former World Junior champion, also won last year, and is playing with a new team this time around, with her former teammate Robyn Green returning to play third stone, Meghan Hughes at second, and Marie Christianson at lead, with coach Danny Christianson. Team Birt will now compete at the national Scotties Tournament of Hearts. February 20-28, 2016 at Revolution Place, in Grande Prairie, Alberta.

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PEICurling.com photo (L-R): Sinead Dolan, Michala Robison, Kim Dolan

Rounding out the Dolan team, who lost to Birt in both the A and B finals in the modified triple knockout round, but won the C by beating clubmate Lisa Jackson 7-5 Sunday evening to advance to the championship round, are Rebecca Jean MacDonald, Sinead Dolan (Kim’s daughter), and lead Michala Robison, with alternate Jackie Reid. Jackson handed Birt her first loss in the event on Sunday afternoon, keeping her out of the C final.

Dolan, who would have had to win both games in today’s championship round, while Birt, who won two sections only had to win one, forced this afternoon’s sudden death game with an 8-6 win this morning. In this afternoon’s low-scoring final, Birt blanked the first end, and took a single in the second. Dolan took one in the third, with Birt coming back with one in the fourth, and a stolen single in the 5th end to lead 3-1 at the break. Dolan was kept to a single in six, with Birt blanking the seventh, and taking a deuce in end eight to lead 5-2. Dolan narrowed the gap with a pair of singles, to lose by just a point.

Six teams – five from Charlottetown, and one from the host club were in the event. The Future Scotties developmental event, for female curlers under 21, attracted five teams, with the Alexis Burris rink from Cornwall going undefeated to lead the round robin series.

Here are pictures from the closing ceremonies of the PEI Scotties provincial women’s curling championship, with the Suzanne Birt winning the event, and the Kim Dolan team finishing as runners-up.

birtstoh2016-1(L-R): Suzanne Birt, Robyn Green, Meaghan Hughes, Marie Christianson

birtstoh2016-2(L-R): Danny Christianson (Coach), Suzanne Birt, Marie Christianson, Meaghan Hughes, Robyn Green

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(L-R): Suzanne Birt, Robyn Green, Scott Annear (President, Montague Curling Club), Meaghan Hughes, Marie Christianson

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(L-R): Kim Dolan, Rebecca Jean MacDonald, Sinead Dolan, Michala Robison, Jackie Reid (alternate)

Dolan gets by Birt to force deciding Scotties game

The PEI Scotties winner will now be determined later  this afternoon, after 10 time PEI women’s champion Kim Dolan forced a deciding game, with an 8-6 win over defending champ Suzanne Birt in the 10 am draw. If Birt, who won both the A and B qualifiers had won this match, she would have taken the title, but it will now go to a sudden death final between the two teams, at  3 pm.

rjmsmallPhoto: Team Dolan third Rebecca Jean MacDonald

Birt had last rock advantage in the first end this morning, and scored a deuce, but Dolan tied it with two of her own in the next end. Birt responded with a single in the fourth end, but a Dolan triple gave her a 5-3 lead going into the 5th end break. Birt then pulled ahead with singles in the next three ends to lead 6-5 after eight. Dolan recorded a deuce in nine, and then stole a single in the final end for the 8-6 win.

The winning team from the 3 pm final will advance to the national Scotties Tournament of Hearts. February 20-28, 2016 at Revolution Place, in Grande Prairie, Alberta.

Kim Dolan wins C final – will play Suzanne Birt Monday for PEI Scotties title

After losing to defending champion Suzanne Birt in the A and B section finals of the modified triple knockout PEI Scotties championship, ten time PEI women’s champ Kim Dolan won the C division, beating Lisa Jackson by a 7-5 score this evening, to advance to the two game championship round on Monday. All three of these teams, and five of the six who entered the event, are from the Charlottetown Curling Complex.

dolan4PEICurling.com photo (L-R): Sinead Dolan, Michala Robison, Kim Dolan

Birt, with her new team this year of Robyn Green, Meaghan Hughes, and Marie Christianson, won two sections, and will repeat as Scotties winner if she wins either the 10 am or the 3 pm match on Monday, while Dolan would have to win both in order to advance to the national Scotties Tournament of Hearts. February 20-28, 2016 at Revolution Place, in Grande Prairie, Alberta. Dolan’s teammates are Rebecca Jean MacDonald, Dolan’s daughter Sinead, and lead Michala Robison, with alternate Jackie Reid.

PEICurling.com photo: Suzanne Birt

Jackson handed Birt her first loss in the event with an 8-5 win this afternoon, and got off to a fast start this evening with a first end triple steal. Dolan, who beat Shelly Bradley 9-4 this afternoon to advance to the C final, then took a 4-3 lead with a single, and steals of 2 and 1. A single by Jackson tied the game at 4-4 at the 5th end break. The teams traded singles in ends six and eight, but Dolan took the lead with a deuce in 9, and did not have to throw her last rock in the 10th.

The Alexis Burris rink from Cornwall went undefeated to finish first in the Future Scotties developmental event this afternoon.

Live end by end results from Monday’s games at 10 am and, if necessary, 3 pm, will be available at PEICurling.com.

Birt wins both A and B sections at PEI Scotties

Suzanne Birt, playing with a new team this year, has greatly increased her chances to repeat as PEI Scotties champion, after winning the B section final of the modified triple knockout draw this evening at the Montague Curling Rink. If she wins the 7 pm Sunday C final as well, she will take the championship without needing to play the two game Monday championship round. If she doesn’t win the C, she will have a “double life” in the Monday round, taking the title if she wins either game, while her opponent would have to win both.

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Tonight’s B final was against 10 time PEI women’s champ Kim Dolan, who Birt also beat in this morning’s A final. The game was tied 2-2 after four, but Birt scored a triple to lead 5-2 at the fifth end break. Dolan took singles in six and seven, but Birt scored a deuce in eight, and then recorded a triple in end nine for a 10-4 victory.

Birt now takes on Lisa Jackson, while Dolan plays Shelly Bradley in the C semi-final, Sunday at 2 pm, with the winners advancing to the C final at 7.

Jackson eliminated the host club’s Tammy Dewar rink with a 9-4 win this evening, picking up five points in the sixth end, while Bradley, trailing 6-5 coming home with hammer, scored three points in the final end to eliminate Sarah Fullerton with an 8-6 win.

In the Future Scotties developmental event for female curlers under age 21, the Alexis Burris rink defeated their Cornwall clubmates the Emma Coffin team by an 11-3 score this evening.

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Curl PEI file photo: Team Burris

Burris, at 2-0, and Charlottetown’s Katelyn Shaw at 1-0, are both undefeated in the round robin series, where each team plays 3 games. Shaw plays Lauren Ferguson, while Burris takes on Rachel MacLean at 10 am Sunday. The event wraps up with the 2 pm Sunday draw, with Shaw playing Coffin, and MacLean taking on Ferguson.

Draw 2 photo gallery

Here are photos from Draw 2 of the 2016 PEI Scotties, featuring action between the Suzanne Birt and Lisa Jackson teams, and the Kim Dolan and Tammy Dewar rinks. Click on a thumbnail (below) to enlarge, use arrows,or touch the right/left side of the image (on a smartphone or other touchscreen) to go ahead/back.

Montague hosting 2016 Scotties and Future Scotties

The  Montague Curling Rink are the hosts for the 2016 PEI Scotties Provincial Women’s Curling Championship, and the Future Scotties developmental event for female curlers under age 21, who may one day compete in the Scotties. These events take place January 15-18, 2016. with six Scotties and five Future Scotties teams taking part.

Defending PEI Scotties champions are the Suzanne Birt rink from the Charlottetown Curling Complex, who beat their clubmates the Kathy O’Rourke team by a 10-4 score in last year’s final at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club in Summerside. It was Birt’s 8th PEI women’s title. She is back, with a new team, this year. This year’s winning team advances to the national Scotties Tournament of Hearts. February 20-28, 2016 at Revolution Place, in Grande Prairie, Alberta.

Scotties and Future Scotties Draw and Schedule

(Draw tree will not be updated during event – refer to Curlcast scoring for draw progress)

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Scotties Team Rosters

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Suzanne Birt Robyn Green Meaghan Hughes Marie Christianson  Danny Christianson (C) Charlottetown Curling Complex
Shelly Bradley Veronica Smith Jane DiCarlo Tricia MacGregor Susan McInnis (A) Charlottetown Curling Complex
Tammy Dewar Darlene MacLeod London Robyn MacDonald Gail Greene Montague Curling Club
Kim Dolan Rebecca Jean MacDonald Sinead Dolan Michala Robison Jackie Reid (A) Charlottetown Curling Complex
Sarah Fullerton Robyn Wile Emily Gray Whitney Young Megan Wile (A), Angela Hodgson (C) Charlottetown Curling Complex
Lisa Jackson Carolyn Coulson Melissa Morrow Jodi Murphy Charlottetown Curling Complex

Click for previous Provincial Women’s websites and winners

Future Scotties Team Rosters

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Alexis Burris Sydney Howatt Meghan Sherren Madelyn Cantwell A.J. Campbell Cornwall Curling Club
Emma Coffin Baily O’Grady Katelyn Burgoyne Gillian Barbrick Edgar Coffin Cornwall Curling Club
Lauren Ferguson Emily McQuaid Olivia Barbour Alyssa Wilkins TBD Western, Crapaud, Silver Fox
Rachel MacLean Jordan Dunphy-Condon Gracie Gaudet Avery Nicholson Brenda MacMillan, Carl Nicholson Cornwall Curling Club
Katelyn Shaw Amy Spence Lexie Murray Grace Bulger Kaleigh Mackay Charlottetown Curling Complex