Two very close championship round matches took place this morning at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Community Complex, with one championship decided, and one going to an extra match.
The Robyn MacPhee rink have won the provincial Scotties Tournament of Hearts women’s championship, stealing singles in the last two ends for a 7-5 win over Charlottetown clubmate Veronica Smith. MacPhee won two of the three modified triple knockout sections of the draw, giving her the title if she won either of the two championship games, so the 3:30 match is no longer needed.
Robyn MacPhee (Emily Gray photo)
Team MacPhee (Emily Gray photo)
Other members of the winning MacPhee squad are third Sarah Fullerton, second stone Meaghan Hughes, and lead Michelle McQuaid, with coach Al Ledgerwood. The runner-up Smith foursome includes vice-skip/mate Jane DiCarlo, second Whitney Young, and lead Aleya Quilty, with coach Angela Hodgson. The MacPhee rink will now advance to the national Scotties Tournament of Hearts, February 18-26 at Meridian Centre, St. Catharines, Ont.
It’s a different story with the Tankard provincial men’s championship, with the Eddie MacKenzie rink, who won only one of the three modified triple knockout sections winning 9-7 over Charlottetown clubmate Phil Gorveatt, who won two sections. This means that a winner-take-all final game will now be held between the two teams, at 3:30 pm, with the winner advancing to the Tim Hortons Brier, March 4-12 at Mile One Centre in St. John’s, NL. In this morning’s game, MacKenzie had an 8-7 lead going into the final end, where he stole a single for the win.