The PEI Credit Unions Provincial Seniors Curling Championships, for curlers age 50 and over, is down to one or two games, with the Kim Dolan rink going undefeated to win the Women’s title this afternoon, leaving just the two game Men’s championship round on Monday at the Maple Leaf Curling Club in O’Leary.
(L-R): PEI Credit Unions Senior Women’s champs Julie Scales, Sandy Matheson, Susan McInnis, Kim Dolan,, with Clair Sweet from the host Maple Leaf Curling Club.
Dolan, whose Charlottetown Curling Complex team includes third Susan McInnis, second stone Sandy Matheson, and lead Julie Scales, won her third section final in the four team modified triple knockout event this afternoon, making the championship round unnecessary. Dolan doubled clubmate Shelley Ebbett 8-4 in this afternoon’s C final, scoring 5 of her points in the third end. Dolan beat Ebbett 10-5 in the B final, and blanked Montague’s Kathy Clarey 8-0 in the A. She beat Ebbett 8-4 in the opening draw, and did not play the Karen Gallant team from the Western and Maple Leaf clubs, who did not manage to pick up a win in the event. The Dolan team will now advance to the 2016 Everest Canadian Senior Curling Championships, March 28-April 2, 2016 in Digby, NS. Other members of the runner-up Ebbett rink are Kim Pippy, Cindy MacLean, and Karen Hardy.
(L-R) PEI Credit Unions Senior Women’s Runners-up: Karen Hardy, Cindy MacLean, Kim Pippy. Shelley Ebbett
Meanwhile, it’s down to two teams in the Senior Men’s section, with Rod MacDonald and his Silver Fox and Charlottetown team winning the C final in the six team modified triple knockout this afternoon, edging Summerside’s Blair Jay rink 8-7. Jay, fighting back from a five point MacDonald fourth end, stole a single in the last end, but needed a deuce for the tie. MacDonald also won the B section, and will have a “double life” in Monday’s championship round, as we will take the series if he wins either game, while his opponent, Charlottetown’s Blair Weeks, who beat MacDonald 5-1 in the A section final, would have to win both games, scheduled for 11 am and 3 pm Monday.