Two undefeated rinks at provincial Scotties, Tankard championships (Journal)

(by Jason Simmonds)

SUMMERSIDE – The Eddie MacKenzie and Robyn MacPhee rinks from the Charlottetown Curling Complex (CCC) have taken the first step at the Tankard and Scotties provincial men’s and women’s curling championships.

Lead Robbie Doherty and second stone Matthew Nabuurs of the Eddie MacKenzie rink intensely sweep a rock during Thursday afternoon’s play at the Tankard provincial men’s curling championship at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Community Complex in Summerside. MacKenzie, who curls out of the Charlottetown Curling Complex, defeated Blair Jay of The Fox 8-4 in the A section final. Play in the modified triple-knockout format continues on Friday.

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 MacKenzie and MacPhee won their respective A section finals on Thursday afternoon, and are the only two undefeated rinks remaining. Both championships, which are being held at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Community Complex, feature the modified triple-knockout format.
“It’s always nice to win the A section, especially in a triple knockout because it makes it a little easier,” said MacKenzie. “You have a little more room to play with at the end of the week.”
MacKenzie, who is 3-0 (won-lost), defeated Blair Jay (2-1) of the host Silver Fox while MacPhee (2-0) won over clubmate Lisa Jackson (1-1). Both A finals ended in identical 8-4 scores.
“We are off to a good start and it’s nice to get a couple of wins, but we know we have a long week ahead of us and lots more games that we have to pull through,” said MacPhee, who described the matchup against Jackson as “a good game.”
MacPhee added: “It was what we expected, and it was close. After having a not-so-close game last night (12-0), it was good to play 10 ends today and see how the ice was.”
Overall, MacPhee is pleased with the play of her rink.
“We are building, but we are playing well,” assessed MacPhee. “I am happy.”

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