Casey rink goes undefeated to repeat as PEI Tankard men’s champions
The defending champion Adam Casey rink from Summerside’s Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club and the host Charlottetown Curling Complex have won the first of the three modified triple knockout sections in the PEI Tankard provincial men’s curling championship, scoring six points in the sixth end this afternoon to bring their “A” section final against Charlottetown’s Jamie Newson foursome to a speedy, 11-3 conclusion.
Casey scored a deuce in the first end with last rock advantage, kept Newson to one in the second, and then took a triple in the 3rd end, to lead 5-1. Newson narrowed the gap to 5-3 with a fourth end deuce, and the fifth end was blanked.
The other two Tankard games this afternoon were also won by lopsided scores, with Robert Campbell downing Charlottetown clubmate Robert Campbell 9-3, and Tyler Harris and his Charlottetown and Montague rink beating the young Tyler Smith foursome from Crapaud and Montague 10-2, with Smith scoring both of his points with opening end hammer.
The closest game of the afternoon was the Future Tankard under 21 developmental series match between brothers Devin and Mitchell Schut from the Cornwall Curling Club. The eight end game was tied 3-all after six ends, when the younger Mitchell Schut made a hit for four points. A series of misses in the final end by the Mitchell Schut foursome left three Devin Schut counters in the rings, giving the older brother a last rock draw to tie the game and force an extra end. He was a bit light, and his rock stopped a few inches short of the rings, handing the Mitchell Schut rink a 7-6 win.
The next draw goes at 6 pm, with Casey taking on Harris and Newson facing Campbell in the “B” semi-finals. The winners advance to the “B” final at 11 am Sunday, If Casey is in that final and wins it, he will have a “double life” in the championship round on Monday evening and Tuesday morning, and would win the championship if he took either game, while his opponent would have to win both. If Casey happened to win all three section finals, a championship round would not be required.
Also on at 6 this evening is the second Future Tankard game between the Schut brothers.
The winning Tankard team will advance to the Tim Hortons Brier, March 5-13, 2016 at TD Place in Ottawa Ontario.
End by end Tankard and Future Tankard scoring is available at PEICurling.com
The teams for the first of three modified triple knockout section finals have been determined, following draw 2 play this evening at the PEI Tankard provincial men’s curling championship at the Charlottetown Curling Complex. Defending champion Adam Casey and his Silver Fox and Charlottetown rink will play the Jamie Newson team from the host Charlottetown club in the “A” section final, at 1 pm on Saturday.
(L-R): Robbie Doherty, Anson Carmody, Adam Casey
Casey doubled eight time (six as skip) Tankard winner Robert Campbell by a 6-3 score this evening, while the Newson squad beat Tyler Harris and his Charlottetown/Montague rink 7-3. Casey scored a triple in the first end, and kept Campbell from getting more than a single in the rest of the game. Newson had a 3-2 lead going into the sixth end, when he stole a deuce and a single for a 6-2 lead. The teams traded singles, in the next two ends, and Harris ran out of rocks in the final end.
Besides the A final, other 1 pm Saturday games will see Eddie MacKenzie take on Charlottetown clubmate Campbell, and Harris take on Tyler Smith. The other Saturday draw is at 6 pm.
In Friday afternoon opening draw action, Harris, aided by a pair of four point ends, beat MacKenzie 10-4 in eight ends, while Smith, playing in his first Tankard, along with his Crapaud/Montague team, fought back from a 6-0 deficit after five ends against Tankard veteran Campbell, scoring a deuce in the sixth and stealing the next four ends to tie the game at 6-6 and force an extra end. Campbell scored one in the extra for the 7-6 win.
With the modified triple knockout format, teams who win a section remain in the draw, and can win multiple sections. If a team wins all three sections, they will take the championship without the two game championship round. A team who wins two sections will play in both championship games, and take the title if they win either, while their opponent would have to win both.
The first match in the three game Future Tankard under 21 developmental event, between brothers Mitchell and Devin Schut of Cornwall was postponed Friday, and will now go at 1pm Saturday, with game two following at 6.
The winning Tankard team will advance to the Tim Hortons Brier, March 5-13, 2016 at TD Place in Ottawa Ontario. End by end Tankard scoring is available at PEICurling.com
Tickets for the Tankard will be $5 per draw or $20 for the weekend.
Overflow Parking is available from 5 pm Friday through Sunday night in the Holland College Staff Parking Lot, located on Fitzroy St. beside Hashem’s Variety (Old Charlottetown Forum lot)
Here is the draw and schedule for both events. The schedule was revised slightly (ice sheet changes at same draw time) on January 27 to eliminate some back to back games on same sheet. The Future Tankard play a three game series, while the Tankard will be a modified triple knockout, qualifying up to three teams for a two game championship round. If a team wins all three sections of the draw, they will be declared the winner without the championship round. A team winning two sections would play in both championship games, and would take the title if they win either game, while their opponent would have to win both.
Event website: PEICurling.com/tankard20152016
Tankard Team Rosters
|Skip||Mate/ Vice skip||2nd||Lead||Alt./ Coach||Club(s)|
|Robert Campbell (3rd)||Tyler MacKenzie (4th)||Matt Nabuurs||Sean Ledgerwood||Charlottetown Curling Complex|
|Adam Casey||David Mathers||Anson Carmody||Robert Doherty||Lincoln Peters (C)||Silver Fox, Charlottetown|
|Tyler Harris||Sam Ramsay||Cody Dixon||Sean Clarey||Charlottetown, Montague|
|Eddie MacKenzie||Blair Weeks||Phillip Gorveatt||Mike Dillon||Mark Victor (A)||Charlottetown Curling Complex|
|Jamie Newson||John Likely||Mark O’Rourke||Mark Butler||Andrew Robinson (A)||Charlottetown Curling Complex|
|Tyler Smith||Brooks Roche||Dylan Lowery||Ryan Lowery||Kevin Smith (C)||Crapaud, Montague|
Future Tankard Team Rosters
|Devin Schut||Owen Collier||Tyler Garnhum||Alec Huestis||David Parker||Cornwall Curling Club|
|Mitchell Schut||Colin MacKenzie||Michael MacEwen||Liam Kelly||Nancy Yeo||Cornwall Curling Club|