O’LEARY -- The play-offs in the Curl P.E.I. Provincial Mixed Curling Championship are set. Jamie Newson and his Charlottetown Curling Complex team scored five points in the sixth end of a tie-breaker game Monday night at the Maple Leaf Curling Club against Montague’s George Koke to break open a close game. The five points gave Newson and his team of Vanessa Hamming, Andrew Robinson and Michelle MacIntyre a 9-2 lead and the win, earning them the third and final playoff spot.
Newson, Koke and Tammy Dewar all finished tied for second in the round robin standings with 4-2 records. Dewar, whose throws lead and calls the game, has curlers on her team from Montague, Maple Leaf and Charlottetown clubs. Cody Dixon throws fourth stone, Amanda MacLean third and Dennis Watts second. They were awarded second overall for the best draw to the button totals and will play Newson in Tuesday’s 3 p.m. semi-final. The winner of that will face 5-1 Mark MacDonald, Shirley Berry, Brad Gardiner and Karen Currie in the 7 p.m. championship final. The winner of the 7 p.m. draw Tuesday will represent P.E.I. at the Canadian Mixed next November at the North Bay Granite Curling Club.
Newson, with hammer, opened the tie-breaker with a first-end deuce. Singles in the third and fourth gave him a 4-1 lead and the five in the sixth gave him the win.
All of Sunday’s draws at the Maple Leaf got postponed to Monday because of a February blizzard. In the final draw of the round robin Monday afternoon, Newson advanced to the tie-breaker with a 6-5 extra end win over Montague’s Larry Richards, Koke won a battle of 3-2 teams with a 5-4 win over Bill Hope, and MacDonald avoided a logjam with an 8-6 win over O’Leary’s Clair Sweet to finish alone in first with a 5-1 record.
Team standings after round robin
1. Mark MacDonald, 5-1; 2. Tammy Dewar, 4-2; 3. Jamie Newson, 4-2; 4. George Koke, 4-2; 5. Bill Hope, 3-3; 6. Larry Richards, 1-5; 6. Clair Sweet, 0-6