ALBERTON -- A men’s and a women’s club team from six of the seven P.E.I. curling clubs will be in Alberton this weekend competing for the P.E.I. Provincial The Dominion Curling Club Championship titles and the right to represent the province in The Dominion’s National Club Championship next November in Thunder Bay.
Round robin play starts Thursday. The top three men’s and women’s teams after single round robin play and, if necessary, tie-breakers advance to Sunday’s play-off round.
The defending champion Alan Inman rink, which includes Steven Thomson, Gordon Fall and Tony Quigley is back as the Crapaud men’s representatives in this year’s championship. There will be a new women’s champion this year, as last year’s women’s champion, the Nola Murphy rink, has been replaced by the Karen MacDonald rink as the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club’s representative.
Women’s play starts Thursday at 5:30 p.m. with Cornwall’s Lorianne Davies, who was the 2011 women’s champion, facing Charlottetown’s Carol Kennedy; the Western’s Sharon Horne hosting Karen MacDonald and Montague’s Tracy Yorston-Campbell playing Crapaud’s Vanessa Hamming, the 2009 winning skip.
The first men’s draw goes Thursday at 8 p.m. with Paul Neima from Cornwall facing the Charlottetown Curling Complex’s representative; defending champion Inman playing Montague’s Paul Morrison rink and Mike Trudeau from the host Western playing the Blair Jay rink from Silver Fox.
Women’s draws on Friday are at 9:30 and 2:30 with men playing at noon and 5:30. Saturday’s draw times are the same as Friday, but with the men having the 9:30 and 2:30 games.
The winners of Sunday’s 1:30 p.m. semi-finals will play the first-place winners from round-robin play in the 5:30 p.m. finals.