Berry sweeps PEI Senior Women’s ch’ship. Hope has advantage in Monday Sr. Men’s Ch’ship round

The PEI Senior Women’s Curling Championship wrapped up on Sunday at the Crapaud Community Curling Club, while the Senior Men’s will conclude on Monday with the 10 am or the 2 pm draw.

The Shirley Berry rink from the Cornwall Curling Club went undefeated with a 5-0 win-loss record, sweeping all three modified triple knockout sections in the five-team women’s event, making a championship round unnecessary. 

Photo (L-R): Kevin Smith from the host Crapaud club, Shirley Berry, Janice Murdoch, Arleen Harris, Kim Nicholson

The Berry team, which includes skip Shirley Berry, third stone Janice Murdoch, second Arleen Harris, and lead Kim Nicholson, won the “A” section final 8-7 in an extra end over the Sharon Horne rink from the Western Community Curling Club in Alberton, coming from behind to take a triple in the eighth end and steal a single in the extra. They then took on Cornwall clubmate Debbie Rhodenhizer and her rink, winning 7-5, and captured their third section with a 10-8 victory over defending champion Shelly Ebbett and her Charlottetown team, stealing a deuce in the final end for the win.

Photo (L-R): Bill Hope, David Murphy, Peter Murdoch. Missing from photo: Craig Mackie

Photo (L-R): Philip Gorveatt, Mike Dillon, Mark Victor. Missing from photo: Kevin Champion 

Bill Hope and his Cornwall team have won two of the three sections in the three-team men’s event, both over defending champion Philip Gorveatt and his Charlottetown foursome, who won the third section, and will have a “double life” in Monday’s championship round against Gorveatt at 10 am and 2 pm, winning the title if he takes either game, while Gorveatt would have to win both. The Hope squad, which includes third Craig Mackie, second David Murphy, and lead stone Peter Murdoch, won the “A” section final 6-2 and the “C” final 7-6, while Gorveatt, whose team includes third Kevin Champion, second Mike Dillon, and lead Mark Victor, won the “B” by a 7-2 score.

The Shirley Berry team and the men’s winner (either the Bill Hope or Philip Gorveatt rinks) advance to the 2018 Everest Canadian Senior Men’s and Women’s Curling Championship,  March 24 to 29 at the Stratford Ontario Rotary Complex.


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