Rod MacDonald, Nola Murphy rinks win Credit Unions of PEI Seniors titles
(Feb. 18) The Nola Murphy rink from the host Silver Fox Curling and Yacht in Summerside beat the defending champion Shirley Berry foursome from the Cornwall and Silver Fox clubs 7-5 tonight, while the Rod MacDonald team from the Charlottetown Curling Complex and the Silver Fox defeated the Bill Hope rink from the Cornwall and Silver Fox clubs to win the Credit Unions of PEI/Curl PEI Senior Curling Championships. The winning teams will be on familiar ice next month, when they return to the Silver Fox for the Canadian Seniors, from March 16-24.
Photo (L-R): Laurie Tirone, Elspeth Carmody, Donna Arsenault, Nola Murphy, Pete Peters from Credit Unions of PEI
Murphy's rink includes Donna Arsenault, Elspeth Carmody, and Laurie Tirone. They beat Montague's Jennifer Scott team, a reunion of their 1988 PEI women's championship rink, who went through the triple knockout round undefeated, 10-2 in the Page A vs B game to earn a bye to the final. Berry, a 5-time PEI Seniors champ, then beat Scott 8-1 in the semi-final to advance to tonight's championship game. Other members of the Berry squad are Sandy Hope, Shelley Ebbett, and Arleen Harris.
In the final, the teams exchanged singles in the first two ends, and Murphy pulled ahead with a deuce in three. Berry scored a pair of singles to tie it at 3-all after 5 ends of play. Murphy took one in the sixth, but Berry grabbed the lead for the only time in the event with a deuce in seven. Murphy took a deuce in the eighth and stole a single in the ninth for a 7-5 score, and held on for the win.
Photo (L-R): Peter MacDonald, Mark O'Rourke, John Likely, Rod MacDonald, Pete Peters from Credit Unions of PEI
MacDonald, whose team, which includes John Likely, Mark O’Rourke, and Rod's brother Peter MacDonald, has won a combined total of 23 PEI men's titles over the years, went through round robin play with a perfect 5-0 win-loss record to earn a bye to the final, against 2011 PEI Seniors champ Hope, and his teammates Ted MacFadyen, Craig Mackie and David Murphy, Hope beat Summerside's Blair Jay foursome 9-4 in this afternoon's semi-final to advance to tonight's game.
In the championship game, MacDonald opened with a deuce, but Hope tied it up with a pair of singles. The teams then traded deuces for a 4-4 tie at the half. MacDonald singled six, while Hope blanked seven and eight. A MacDonald steal of two in the ninth gave him a three point lead, and the game ended with a 7-4 final score.
Six men's teams and eight women's rinks took part in this year's championship.
Photo (L-R): Arleen Harris, Shelley Ebbett, Sandy Hope, Shirley Berry, Pete Peters from Credit Unions of PEI
Photo (L-R): David Murphy, Craig Mackie, Ted MacFadyen, Bill Hope, Pete Peters from Credit Unions of PEI
Nola Murphy advances to PEI Senior Women’s final.
This evening’s semi-finals postponed due to weather
(Feb. 17) Tonight’s men’s and women’s semi-finals at the Credit Unions of PEI Provincial Seniors Curling Championships at the Silver Fox Curling & Yacht Club in Summerside have been postponed until Monday. It is planned to hold both the semi-finals and the finals on Monday. Draw times have not yet been announced.
The Nola Murphy rink from the host club stole deuces in three consecutive ends this afternoon in the Page A vs B game to hand Montague’s Jennifer Scott foursome their 1st loss in the event, by a 10-2 score, and advance to Monday’s final.
Scott will now play in the semi-final, against the Page C vs D winner, defending champion Shirley Berry and her Cornwall/Silver Fox team. Berry stole a triple in the eighth end to win 9-3 against Montague’s Kathy Clarey this afternoon.
The men’s semi-final sees Blair Jay of the host club take on Bill Hope and his combined Cornwall/Silver Fox rink. The winner faces unbeaten Rod MacDonald and his Charlottetown/Silver Fox team in the final.
The winning men’s and women’s rinks will advance to the Canadian Seniors, also at the Silver Fox, March 16-24.
Championship round set at Credit Unions of PEI Seniors
(Feb. 16) Four women’s and three men’s teams remain in play at the Credit Unions of PEI/Curl PEI Provincial Seniors Curling Championships, which wrap up on Monday at the Silver Fox Curling & Yacht Club in Summerside.
The Rod MacDonald rink, a combined team from the Charlottetown Curling Complex and the host club, finished men’s round robin play this evening with a perfect 5-0 win-loss record to advance to the final, Monday at 2 pm. Bill Hope and Blair Jay were next in the standings, with 3-2 records. Hope beat Jay in their Friday round-robin encounter, and was awarded second place. These rinks will now square off in the semi-final, Sunday at 6:30 pm, with the winner advancing to the final. The Hope foursome are from the Cornwall and Silver Fox clubs, while the Jay team are from the Fox.
In men’s play today, MacDonald beat Hope 9-6, and downed Montague’s Donald Clarey and his Charlottetown team 12-3, taking a five ender and stealing a four pointer in a game that went only five ends. Summerside’s Lou Nowlan beat Clarey 9-5, but lost 9-0 to Jay in another abbreviated game – this one going just four ends. Masters champ Mel Bernard lost 6-4 to Jay, and 9-4 to Hope. Nowlan finished round robin play at 2-3, while Clarey and Bernard went 1-4.
The second qualifier for the Page A-B game, and the two qualifiers for the Page C-D game in the women’s division were all decided today, with Summerside’s Nola Murphy beating clubmate Marg Nowlan 9-3 to take the second qualifier, defending champion Shirley Berry and her Cornwall/Silver Fox team beating Summerside’s Karen MacDonald 9-6 to take qualifier #3, and Kathy Clarey of Montague blanking Summerside’s Marg Nowlan 9-0 to grab the final qualifying spot in the Page round, which takes place Sunday at 2.
The Page A-B game will see Montague’s Jennifer Scott rink, who are back together again after winning the PEI women’s championship 25 years ago, and won the A qualifier on Friday, 11-1 over Murphy, again take on the Summerside team, with the winner advancing directly to the 2 pm Monday final, and the loser going to the 6:30 pm Sunday semi-final.
The winner of the Page C-D game between Berry and Clarey will also advance to the semi-final, with the winner of that game facing the Page A-B winner in the final.
The winning teams from the PEI Seniors will return to the Silver Fox Curling & Yacht Club for the Canadian Seniors Championships, March 16-24.