The Blair Jay rink from the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club captured the PEI Senior Mixed Curling Championship on Sunday afternoon, beating the Bill Hope rink from the host Charlottetown Curling Club by a 6-4 score. Jay had to win both Sunday games to take the title, while Hope, who won the A section final of this double knockout event, could have won it with a win in either the morning or afternoon draw.
Chick Morrison, Past President, PEICA, Blair Jay, Barb Currie, Douglas Simmons, Debbie MacMurdo
In the afternoon final, Hope stole two points in the first end, while Jay took a single in the second, and tied the eight-end game at the half, by executing a hit and roll behind cover to bite the button, forcing Hope to try a difficult come-around to save the end. He did not make it, and gave up a one point steal to the Summerside rink.
It was déjà-vu for the Hope rink in the fifth end. The Jay team pulled off a tap back of the Hope stone on the button, forcing a draw attempt by Hope to again bite the button for a single. He was a bit heavy and Jay stole another point. Hope had a chance for three in the sixth, lying two thanks to well-placed stones from the 2nd and third. Two close misses by Jay left a thin opening to the four foot to score three, but Hope came up just short and had to settle for a deuce. The 7th end had fewer rocks in play. Jay executed a hit and stay for two points, leaving him up one coming home without the hammer. An eighth end steal sealed the 6-4 win for the Jay foursome.
Lead Kay Atkinson, 2nd Bill Atkinson, PEI CA Past-President Chick Morrison, skip Bill Hope, 3rd Sandy Hope
Other members of the winning Blair Jay rink are Barb Currie, Douglas Simmons, and Debbie MacMurdo, while Sandy Hope and Bill and Kay Atkinson complete the runner-up Bill Hope roster.
In the Sunday morning B section final, Jay scored a deuce in the final end to edge the Hope 5-4.
The game was tied at 2-all after five ends of play, when Jay drew to the button, outcounting two Hope stones behind cover, to take a one-point lead. Hope grabbed the lead in the seventh, drawing to the outside edge of the four-foot to score a deuce. After some great shotmaking by both teams in the eighth and final end, Hope was lying shot, when Jay threw a takeout to push the Hope rock out through a narrow port to record two points and force the sudden-death final game at 2:30 pm.
Hope won the A section of this double-knockout event Saturday afternoon, with a 4-3 win in a low-scoring game over Cornwall's Sterling Stratton. He then advanced to the B section final by beating clubmate Craig Mackie by a 7-2 score. Jay doubled Stratton 6-3 to earn his ticket to the B final.
Ten teams began play Thursday. This is the second year for this championship, for mixed teams age 50 and over.