Former Canadian Stick champs MacLean/Field win PEI Stick Open Ch’ship, while Reid/Hughes repeat as Women’s champs
The duo of Roddie MacLean and Paul Field, who knocked off the defending champions to win the Canadian Stick Curling Championship in their home Cornwall Curling Club back in 2013, will be getting a chance to do it again, earning a return engagement at the nationals in their home club, from March 31 to April 3rd. MacLean and Field won the 14-team Open (any combination of men or women on a team) division of the Ferguson-Logan Montague Funeral Home PEI Stick Curling Championship Thursday afternoon at the Montague Curling Rink by a score of 5-4 over clubmates Joe Gill and Doug Campbell in the final. Gill and Campbell had an early 3-0 lead in the game after stealing a second end deuce, and were up 4-3 coming come, but MacLean/Field scored a deuce in the final end to pull out the come-from-behind win.
PEI Stick Open Division winners Roddie MacLean (left) and Paul Field (right) with provincial stick curling co-ordinator Ernie Stavert
Open Division Finalists Doug Campbell (left) and Joe Gill
MacLean and Field advanced to the final with an 8-2 win over clubmates Vince Fisher and Paul Arsenault, while Gillis and Campbell edged Floyd Stewart and Gordon MacDonald from the host Montague club 4-3 in their semi-final match.
Provincial stick curling co-ordinator Ernie Stavert presents the women’s championship trophy to Elaine Hughes (left), and Etta Reid (right)
Women’s Division Finalists Myrna Craswell (left) and Myrna Sanderson
Meanwhile, the team of Etta Reid and Elaine Hughes beat their Cornwall clubmates Myrna Craswell and Myrna Sanderson 5-2 in the final to repeat as champs in the Women’s division, building up an early lead in the final with a deuce and a pair of steals to lead 4-0 after three, and kept their clubmates to singles in the rest of the game for the win.
Reid/Hughes had a bye to the championship final by virtue of finishing double round-robin play in the four-team field atop the standings with a 5-1 win-loss record, while the two Myrnas beat Cornwall clubmates Ruth Stavert and Gloria Clarke 7-3 in the semi-final to set up the final against the defending champions. Reid and Hughes will earn the right to compete in the Women’s division of the Canadian championship at their home club at the end of March.
In addition to the winners advancing to the Nationals, the top four Open division teams (MacLean/Field, Gillis/Campbell, Fisher/Arsenault, and Stewart/MacDonald), and the top two women’s division duos (Reid/Hughes and Craswell/Sanderson) from this event also advance to the Maritime Stick Curling Championships, also being held at the Cornwall Curling Club, the host club of five of these teams, from March 15-17.
File photo: MacLean (left) and Field at the 2013 Canadian Stick Curling Championships at the Cornwall Curling Club
Defending women’s champs advance to final as PEI Stick championships wrap up today in Montague
Double round robin play is over in the four-team women’s division at the Ferguson-Logan Montague Funeral Home-sponsored PEI Stick Curling Championships at the Montague Curling Rink, with the defending champion due of Etta Reid and Elaine Hughes from the Cornwall Curling Club finishing at the top of the standings with a 5-1 win-loss record and earning a bye to Thursday’s 3:45 pm final.
They will take on the winner of the 2 pm semi-final, between two other Cornwall rinks, Myrna Craswell and Myrna Sanderson, who went 4-2, and Ruth Stavert and Gloria Clarke, with an even 3-3. Finishing out of the playoffs are Western Community’s Audrey Callaghan and Anne Barwise.
Two single round-robin draws, at 9:30 and 10:45 am, remain to be played in the two seven-team Open Division (any combination of male and/or female) pools, with the second and third place teams from each pool advancing to the quarter-final round at 12:30 pm, and the quarter-final winners taking on the first place teams in the 2 pm semis. The winners of the semis square off in the Open Division final at 3:45 pm.
With the 2 round-robin draws left, Cornwall’s Joe Gill and Doug Campbell have the morning off with a 4-2 record in the closely-fought “A” pool, while three rinks, Vince Fisher and Paul Arsenault, and John Dunsford and Alva Clarey, both from Cornwall, plus John Macdonald and Tom O’Rourke from the host club, are 3-2. John Vincent and Walter Callaghan from Western Community and Bill Glydon and Wayne MacPherson from Cornwall are also within playoff striking distance at 2-3.
Cornwall’s Roddie MacLean (left), and Western Community’s Roger Gavin in the house
It’s also a tight race for the 3 playoff spots in the “B” pool, with former Canadian champs Roddie MacLean and Paul Field from Cornwall wrapping up their round-robin play at 4-2, while four rinks sit at 3-2 and Sterling Stratton and Barry Craswell are 2-3. Only Montague’s Higginbotham rink are currently out of contention in this pool.
The tie-breaking scenarios for the playoffs look like this: 1st by wins and losses by team, 2nd by head to head results, 3rd by points – 3 Pts for a win, 0 pts for a loss, 1 Point per end, ½ pt for a blank end, 3 pts (MAX.) difference of score.
The top four Open division teams and top two women’s division duos from this event advance to the Maritime Stick Curling Championships, at the Cornwall Curling Club, from March 15-17, while the winners of both divisions also earn the right to participate in the 2019 Canadian Open Stick Curling Championships, also at the Cornwall Curling Club, from March 31 to April 3rd, 2019
Here is an album of photos from Draw 7 at the PEI Stick Curling Championships in Montague. Click on a link to enlarge and use arrows to go ahead and back.
Three teams still undefeated after opening day play at PEI Stick Curling Ch’ships
Six draws are in the books after opening day play at the PEI Stick Curling Championships at the Montague Curling Rink, presented by Ferguson-Logan Montague Funeral Home, and three teams – one in the Women’s division and one in each of the two Open Division (any combination of men and/or women) pools are still undefeated.
In the four-team double round-robin Women’s division, Myran Craswell and Myrna Sanderson from the Cornwall Curling Club sit at 3-0 following wins over the other three teams. The second half of the double RR goes Wednesday at 11:15 am and 2 and 4:30 pm.
The Tom O’Rourke and John Macdonald duo from the host club lead the Open “A” pool with a 2-0 record. Cornwall’s Alva Clarey and John Dunsford also have two wins, with one loss, while the rest of the seven-team field has only one win each.
Montague also leads the seven-team “B” pool. with Howard Kerwin and Billy Power at 2-0, while former Canadian Stick Champions Roddie MacLean and Paul Field from Cornwall are 2-1, along with Floyd Stewart and Gordon MacDonald from Montague. Three of the four other teams have one win, while Montague’s Sterling and Bazil Higginbotham have yet to hit the winning column.
The four-team women’s double round robin concludes with the 4:30 pm Wednesday draw, while the Open division round-robin pools wrap up play with the 10:30 am Thursday draw.
The Open division quarter-finals go at 12:30 am, Thursday while the semis in both divisions take place at 2 pm, with the finals at 3:45.
The top four Open division teams and top two women’s division duos from this event advance to the Maritime Stick Curling Championships, at the Cornwall Curling Club, from March 15-17, while the winners of the both divisions also earn the right to participate in the 2019 Canadian Open Stick Curling Championships, also at the Cornwall Curling Club, from March 31 to April 3rd, 2019
Montague to host 2019 PEI Stick Curling Ch’ships
The 2019 Provincial 2-person Stick Curling Championships, sponsored by Ferguson-Logan Montague Funeral Home, with Open (any combination of men and/or women) and Women’s divisions, takes place February 5-7 at the Montague Curling Rink The top four Open division teams and top two women’s division duos from this event advance to the Maritime Stick Curling Championships, at the Cornwall Curling Club, from March 15-17, while the winners of the both divisions also earn the right to participate in the 2019 Canadian Open Stick Curling Championships, also at the Cornwall Curling Club, from March 31 to April 3rd, 2019.
The defending PEI champions – the Barry Craswell and Sterling Stratton duo from the Cornwall Curling Club in the Open division, and the Elaine Hughes and Etta Reid team, also from the Cornwall Curling Club, are back looking to defend their titles and hope to advance to the Maritime and National championships at their home club.
The 14 Open Division teams are divided into two pools, each playing a round robin, with the top three teams from each pool advancing to the playoff round. The four Women’s Division teams will play a double round robin, with the second and third place teams advancing to a semi-final, with the winner facing the first place team in the final.
Draw and Schedule
Double Round Robin
Open Pool A (Round Robin)
Open Pool B (Round Robin)
Women Pool C (Double Round Robin)
Open Division Playoff Round is in Green
Tue. FEB. 5
Wed. FEB. 6
Thu. FEB. 7
SEMI (O) 2
SEMI (O) 1
Open (any combination of men/women) Pools will play a single round robin and the Women’s Pool will play a double round robin
Open Division Playoff Round: Q1(O) – 2 Place pool A vs 3rd place pool B Q2(O) – 3rd place pool A vs 2nd place pool B SEMI (O) 1 – winner of Q1(O) vs 1st place pool B SEMI (O) 2 – winner Q2(O) vs 1st place pool A Final (O) – winner SEMI (O) 1 vs winner of SEMI (O) 2
Women’s Division Playoff Round: SEMI (W) – 2nd place vs 3rd place FINAL (W) winner SEMI (W) vs 1st place
TIES Games – Teams play an extra end with 3 rocks each
Playoffs – 1st by wins and losses by team, 2nd by head to head results, 3rd by points – 3 Pts for a win, 0 pts for a loss, 1 Point per end, ½ pt for a blank end, 3 pts (MAX.) difference of score