ALBERTON – St. Anthony’s Legion in Bloomfield and Western Community Curling Club in Alberton play host to the four-team P.E.I. Provincial Command Legion Curling championship this weekend.
The skip of last year’s provincial champion team, Mel Bernard, is not back, but his three teammates are and spread out over two Summerside Legion teams. Blair Jay, who was mate for Bernard last year, is Dale Cannon’s mate this year. Lou Nowlan, who played second stone for Bernard, will skip his own team this year and last year’s provincial champion lead, Earle Proude, is holding onto that position, this time with Nowlan.
Rounding out Cannon’s team are Eldon Kilbride, second stone and lead Spike Martin. Nowlan has Barry Cameron playing mate and Paul Matheson at second.
Kevin Ellsworth, a former national legion champion, is representing the host St. Anthony’s Legion and has Blain Hutt, Fred Fraser and David Bell with him.
Representing Charlottetown Legion in the double knock-out competition are David Murphy, Matt Smith, John Mullin and Roger Beazley.
Competition starts at 7 p.m. Friday. There are draws scheduled for 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, but the Sunday afternoon draw will not be necessary if one team goes through the competition undefeated.
The winner gets to represent P.E.I. Provincial Command at the Dominion Command National Legion Curling Championship in Dauphin, Manitoba March 15 to 19. The nationals were held in Alberton last year, hosted by St. Anthony’s Legion.