2021 PEI Masters (60+) Curling Championships

Bill Hope wins Men’s Masters title, Sandy Hope forces 1:15 pm (revised time) Women’s deciding game vs. Berry

A triple in the sixth end and a single steal in the eighth for Bill Hope and his Cornwall Curling Club team on Monday morning at the Montague Curling Club has ended Lou Nowlan’s 10-year winning streak (he’s won 15 times in total) at the PEI Masters Men’s Curling Championship, for curlers age 60 and over. Final score: 8-6, Nowlan had a 6-4 lead after 5 ends. Hope won two modified triple knockout sections at the championship taking place at the Montague Curling Club and only needed one win today, while Nowlan, who won the other section, would have needed to win both. 

Winning team (L-R): Bill Hope (skip), Peter Murdoch (3rd), David Murphy (2nd), Dario Zannier (lead), from the Cornwall Curling Club

Finalist Team (L-R): Lou Nowlan (skip), David MacFadyen (3rd), Earle Proude (2nd), Alan Montgomery (lead). Missing: Rod MacDonald (alternate). From the Silver Fox Curling Club

Meanwhile, 5-time defending champion Sandy Hope has forced a deciding game at 1:15pm (revised time) in the Masters Women’s competition, after edging Cornwall clubmate Shirley Berry (who won two of the mod. triple knockout sections), by a 6-5 score, with the help of a 4-point fourth end. 

The Bill Hope rink and the winning women’s team,  or the finalist team if unable to attend, earn the right to compete in the 2021 Canadian Masters Curling Championships, November 17-21, 2021 at the Pembina Curling Club in Winnipeg, Man.

Four men’s and three women’s teams began play Friday in this event.

Live end-by-end results from the PEI Masters are available at PEICurling.com/scoreboard

Previous Masters winners: https://peicurling.com/pei-curling-history/history-menu/masters-champions/

Shirley Berry and Bill Hope rinks both capture their 2nd Qualifiers and are 1 win away from 2021 PEI Masters titles

This year’s PEI Masters (age 60+) Monday Championship Round will feature the same teams as last year, but the finalist, not the winning, team from last year in both the men’s and women’s sections have the advantage going into the final day of play at the Montague Curling Club.

Bill Hope sweeps a rock as David Murphy watches from the house, and opposing skip Lou Nowlan keeps an eye on the play from the backline.

Photo: Shirley Berry delivers a rock, watched by Linda Fairhurst (centre) and swept by Gloria Turner

Cornwall’s Shirley Berry women’s team and Bill Hope men’s rink won the “C” Qualifiers Sunday afternoon, and have both won two of the three modified triple knockout sections, giving them a “double life” in the 9:30 am and 2 pm Monday Championship round, as a win in either game will give them the title, while their opponents, Sandy Hope from Cornwall and Lou Nowlan from the Silver Fox in Summerside , respectively, will have to win both games to repeat as Masters champions.

In Sunday morning “C” semi-final action, Bill Hope eliminated Cornwall clubmate Paul Arsenault with a 7-4 win after stealing a 7th end triple, Nowlan knocked out O’Leary’s Clair Sweet with a 9-7 extra-end victory, and Berry sent  Bev Harding and her host club foursome to the sidelines with a 6-3 win.

The afternoon “C” finals saw Berry beat Sandy Hope 9-5, and Bill Hope defeat Nowlan 8-3, each with help from a four-ender.

The men’s and women’s winning teams, or finalist teams if they are unable to attend, earn the right to compete in the 2021 Canadian Masters Curling Championships, November 17-21, 2021 at the Pembina Curling Club in Winnipeg, Man.

Four men’s and three women’s teams began play Friday in this event.

Live end-by-end results from the PEI Masters are available at PEICurling.com/scoreboard

Hope rinks win PEI Masters “B” Qualifiers

The Bill Hope men’s rink and defending champion Sandy Hope women’s team rebounded from losses in the “A” qualifying games for the Monday Championship Round, to beat “A” Qualifier winners Lou Nowlan and Shirley Berry in the “B” Qualifier games Saturday afternoon at the PEI Masters Curling Championships, for curlers age 60 and over, being played at the Montague Curling Club. The Hope and Berry teams are from the Cornwall Curling Club, while the Nowlan squad are from the Silver Fox in Summerside.

Bill Hope delivers a rock while David Murphy times it, and Dario Zannier prepares to sweep

In the Saturday morning Men’s “B” semi-finals, Nowlan got by Cornwall’s Paul Arsenault foursome by a 5-3 score, while Bill Hope beat O’Leary’s Clair Sweet 9-2 to advance to the 2 pm “B” Qualifier. 

(L-R): Karen Hardy, Arleen Harris, Sandy Hope

The Women’s “B” semi saw Sandy Hope team score six points in the 7th end in a 12-4 victory over the Bev Harding rink from the host club.

The “C” semis and qualifier games go Sunday at 9:30 am and 2 pm. In the women’s semis, Harding and Berry play off at 9:30 am with the winner taking on Sandy Hope at 2 pm with the final spot in the Championship Round on the line. On the men’s side, it’s Sweet vs Nowlan, and Hope playing Arsenault at 9:30 with the winners playing in the “C” Qualifier at 2.

The two-game Championship Round between the winners of the three Qualifier rounds goes Monday at 9:30 am and, if needed,  2 pm. 

Under the modified triple knockout format, a team can win more than one section,  A two-section winner will have a “double life” in the championship round, and win the event if they take either section, while their opponent, the winner of the other section, would have to win both.

The men’s and women’s winning teams, or finalist teams if they are unable to attend, earn the right to compete in the 2021 Canadian Masters Curling Championships, November 17-21, 2021 at the Pembina Curling Club in Winnipeg, Man.

Four men’s and three women’s teams began play Friday in this event.

Live end-by-end results from the PEI Masters are available at PEICurling.com/scoreboard

Montague to host 2021 PEI Masters Ch’ships

The 2021 PEI Masters Curling Championships, with men’s and women’s divisions for curlers age 60 and over, take place from January 22-25 at the Montague Curling Club, with four men’s and three women’s rinks taking part. The Sandy Hope rink from the Cornwall Curling Club are five-time defending women’s champs, and along with the defending men’s champs, the Lou Nowlan foursome from the Silver Fox, and are back looking to defend their titles. Nowlan has either thrown third or fourth stone for the last ten Masters men’s championship teams, and he has been on the winning team 15 times in total. Other men’s teams entered are the Paul Arsenault and Bill Hope squads from Cornwall,  and the Clair Sweet team from the Maple Leaf Curling Club in O’Leary. Hope was a finalist last year. The Bev Harding rink from the host club and the Shirley Berry foursome from Cornwall, who were finalists last year, round out the women’s entries.

Teams in both divisions of the PEI Masters will play a modified triple knockout format, with draws daily at 9:30 am and 2 pm from Friday Jan. 22 through the two-game championship round on Monday the 25th. Under the modified triple knockout format, a team can win more than one section, If a team wins all three sections, they will be declared champions without playing the championship round. A two-section winner will have a “double life” in the championship round, and win the event if they take either section, while their opponent, the winner of the other section, would have to win both.

The men’s and women’s winning teams, or finalist teams if they are unable to attend, earn the right to compete in the 2021 Canadian Masters Curling Championships, November 17-21, 2021 at the Pembina Curling Club in Winnipeg, Man.

Live results from the PEI Masters will be available at PEICurling.com/scoreboard

Draw

(will not be updated during the event – refer to the scoring system for draw progression)

 

Schedule

Mens Games Womens Games

DateTime

Draw

Ice 1Ice 2Ice 3Ice 4
 

Fri.
Jan. 22

9:30 AM1 1AB
2 PM2 C2 
 

Sat.
Jan. 23

9:30 AM3D E3
2 PM44  F
 

Sun.
Jan. 24

9:30 AM5HG5 
2 PM6 6I 
Mon.
Jan. 25
9:30 AM7 MAWA 
2 PM8 WBMB 

Explanation for MA/WA and MB/WB:

1. If one team wins all three qualifiers: Championship Round is not required.

2. If one team wins two qualifiers. They play in both MA or WA and MB or WB (and win the event if they win either game). The other section winner plays in MA or WA and has to win to advance to MB or WB.

3. If there are three separate winners: the team that played in the most qualifying games* advances to MB or WB, and the other winners play off in MA or WA. If there is a tie in the number of qualifying games played, then the team that qualified earliest goes to MB or WB and the other two teams play off in MA or WA.

*Qualifying games have yellow background for game number on the schedule.

Team Rosters

Men’s Teams

Team: Paul Arsenault
Cornwall Curling Club
Skip: Paul Arsenault
Third: Ron Giggey
Second: Al Acorn
Lead: Edgar Coffin
Alternate: Garth Cudmore

Team: Bill Hope
Cornwall Curling Club
Skip: Bill Hope
Third: Peter Murdoch
Second: David Murphy
Lead: Dario Zannier

Team: Nowlan
Silver Fox Curling Club
Skip: Lou Nowlan
Third: David MacFadyen
Second: Earle Proude
Lead: Alan Montgomery
Alternate: Rod MacDonald

Team: Clair Sweet
Maple Leaf Curling Club (O’Leary)
Skip: Clair Sweet
Third: Bob Matheson
Second: Glen Betts
Lead: Muncey Harris

Women’s Teams

Team: Shirley Berry
Cornwall Curling Club
Skip: Shirley Berry
Third: Karen Currie
Second: Gloria Turner
Lead: Linda Fairhurst

Team: Bev Harding
Montague Curling Club
Skip: Bev Harding
Third: Sherren MacKinnon
Second: Susan Watts
Lead: Marlis O’Rourke

Team: Sandy Hope
Cornwall Curling Club
Skip: Sandy Hope
Third: Shelley Ebbett
Second: Karen Hardy
Lead: Arleen Harris

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