Play-offs on the line for five teams

Eric McCarthy
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Heading into final round robin draw of P.E.I. Mixed curling ch’ship

O’LEARY -- The final round-robin draw of the Curl P.E.I. Provincial Mixed Curling championship, to be played at the Maple Leaf Curling Club in O’Leary this afternoon at 2:30 p.m., has the potential of creating a logjam for first place.

Mark MacDonald and his Cornwall Curling Club team moved into a tie for first place in this morning’s 10 a.m. draw. He beat Montague’s Tammy Dewar 8-4 in O’Leary this morning as the championship resumed following a 24-hour storm delay.

MacDonald takes a 4-1 record into the 2:30 p.m. draw and can clinch first place with a win over Clair Sweet of the host club. Sweet, who is winless in five starts, has the opportunity to play spoiler and, if he pulls off a win, things will suddenly get interesting at the top of the leader board. Dewar has already played her last round-robin game and is at 4-2 in the standings.

Three other teams take a 3-2 record into the final round robin draw, and at least one of them will advance to 4-2. That’s because Cornwall’s Bill Hope and Montague’s George Koke are both 3-2 and meet in the 2:30 draw. Jamie Newson from Charlottetown also sports a 3-2 record and faces Montague’s Larry Richards (1-4) this afternoon.

The top three teams after round robin (and tie-breakers, if necessary) advance to the playoff round, so, this evening at 7 p .m. there will either be a semi-final draw or a tie-breaker game.

Besides the Dewar-MacDonald game, Koke defeated Newson 7-5 and Richards defeated Sweet 8-3 in this morning’s draw.

Organizations: Cornwall Curling Club

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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