Defending champions repeat winners at PEI Stick Ch'ship
Feb. 3-Both defending champions rinks are repeat winners at the Ferguson Funeral Homes Provincial Stick Championships in Montague.
Photo L-R: Ruth Stavert, Gloria Clarke
In the three team women's section, the Ruth Stavert and Gloria Clarke due from the Cornwall Curling Club went through the double round robin competition with a perfect 4-0 record. Under the rules, they are automatically declared the champion. The second and third place teams from the round robin played off for the runner-up position, with the Shirley Lank/Mary Plamondon twosome from Cornwall, who were 2-2 in round robin play, taking the honours by beating the Audrey Callaghan/Ann Barwise rink from the Western and Maple Leaf clubs, who did not pick up a win in the competition, by a 9-2 score.
Photo (L-R): Walter Callaghan, John Vincent
In the men's and mixed section, the The Walter Callaghan/John Vincent duo from the Western Community Curling Club in Alberton was among four teams finishing round robin play in the 15 team men's/mixed division with just one loss, ending up in second place in their pool, as they lost 6-2 to Charlottetown's Bob Acorn/Willie Nicholson twosome, who also had one loss, in their round robin encounter.
Callaghan/Vincent then beat Sherril Barwise and Eddie Bernard from the Maple Leaf and Western clubs, who were third place in the other pool, by a 6-2 score in the quarter-finals to advance to the semi-final round, where they edged out the two time champion Ernie Stavert and Sterling Stratton rink from the Cornwall Curling Club by a 4-3 score. In the other quarter-final, the Bazil and Sterling Higginbotham pair from Montague doubled their clubmates Bob Leard and Carter vanIderstine 6-3.
In this afternoon's semi-finals, the Higginbothams beat the Acorn/Nicholson team 6-4, while Callaghan/Vincent edged Stavert/Stratton 4-3. This set up the final between the Higginbothams, and the defending champion Callaghan/Vincent team, and put Stavert/Stratton and Acorn/Nicholson in the consolation game.
Both the final and the consolation finals went into extra ends, with Acorn/Nicholson taking a deuce in the extra to beat Stavert/Stratton in the consolation game, and Callaghan/Vincent also scoring an extra end deuce to repeat as champions, with a 7-5 win over the Higginbotham rink.
The top four men’s/mixed teams and the top two women’s teams from this competition earn the right to compete in the Maritime Stick Curling Championships, March 15-17 at the Beaver Curling Club in Moncton. The top two men’s/mixed teams may also compete at the 2011 Canadian Open Stick Curling Championship, March 23-25, 2011 at the Golden Ears Winter Club in Maple Ridge BC.
In stick curling there are two curlers per team, who deliver their rocks with delivery sticks, with each team member delivering from opposite ends. Sweeping is allowed only from the hog line to the back of the house at the playing end. Two curlers, one from each team, alternately deliver 6 stones each per end, while their teammate skips that end. The roles are then reversed, and the partners deliver the stones back. No stone may be removed from play until the fourth stone of each end. Games are six ends and take about an hour to play. For more information on stick curling, including complete rules of play, visit www.stickcurling.ca.
Feb. 2-Only two unbeaten rinks remain after day two play at the Ferguson Funeral Homes Provincial Stick Curling Championship at the Montague Curling Club. Two-time champions Ernie Stavert and Sterling Stratton are 5-0 in the men's/mixed division, while the defending women's division champions, the Ruth Stavert/Gloria Clarke team, are 3-0. Both rinks are from the Cornwall Curling Club (Ernie and Ruth are husband and wife). Three men's/mixed rinks are at 5-1, including the defending champion Walter Callaghan/John Vincent twosome from the Western Community Curling Club in Alberton, along with the Bob Acorn/Willie Nicholson pair from Charlottetown and the Bazil and Sterling Higginbotham team from the host Montague Curling Club.
Round robin play wraps up Thursday morning with draws at 10 and 11:15 am. The men’s/mixed quarter-final round goes at 12:45 pm, with the semis in both divisions at 2:15, and the finals at 4:45.
Feb. 1-The Ferguson Funeral Homes Provincial Stick Curling Championships got underway this morning at the Montague Curling Club, with the fifteen teams in the men’s/mixed division playing a round robin with two pools, and the three rinks in the women’s division playing a double round robin. A playoff round will follow the round robins, on Thursday afternoon.
At the conclusion of opening day play, the two defending champion teams, the Walter Callaghan/John Vincent rink from the Western Community Curling Club in Alberton in the men’s/mixed division, and the Ruth Stavert/Gloria Clarke team from the Cornwall Curling Club in the women’s section, are undefeated, sporting 3-0 and 1-0 win/loss records, respectively. Also at 3-0 in the men’s and mixed section are the Bob Acorn/Willie Nicholson duo from Charlottetown, the Peter Larkin/Fr. Art Pendergast twosome from Alberton, and Bazil and Sterling Higginbotham from the host Montague Curling Club. At 2-0 are two-time PEI Stick champs Ernie Stavert and Sterling Stratton from Cornwall.