P.E.I. Canada Games’ curling trials begin Thursday

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At the Charlottetown Curling Complex

CHARLOTTETOWN – The road to the 2015 Canada Winter Games for P.E.I. junior curlers begins Thursday.

Leslie Noye of the Western Community Curling Club in Alberton will skip his junior men’s rink in the Curl P.E.I. Selection Trials this week that will determine the training teams for the 2015 Canada Games.

That when the Curl P.E.I. Selection Trials, which will continue until Feb. 2, will begin at the Charlottetown Curling Complex. The trials will qualify two men’s and two women’s teams as the Canada Games training teams. These teams will then square off in a best-of-three series in November to select the P.E.I. men’s and women’s curling teams to compete in the national event, from Feb. 13 to March 1, 2015, in Prince George, B.C.

Curlers have to be a maximum of 17 years of age on Dec. 31, 2014 (born on or since Jan. 1, 1997), to be eligible for the Canada Games.

Teams

Six men’s and four women’s teams have signed up for the selection trials. Due to the age restrictions, and the fact that the Winter Games are only held every four years, it is unusual to have a defending provincial representative at this event. However, Tyler Smith, who skipped the Team P.E.I. men at the 2011 Canada Games at the age of 12, is back.

This time, Smith is skipping a team from the Montague Curling Club. Smith and his team were runners-up in this season’s provincial junior men’s championship.

Other men’s teams entered are the Donald DeWolfe, Cameron Jenkins and Devin Schut foursomes from the Cornwall Curling Club; the Alex MacFadyen team from the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club in Summerside, and the Leslie Noye rink from the Western Community Curling Club in Alberton.

The four women’s teams are the Meghan Ching rink from Cornwall; the Karlie Lewis team from Western; the Kaleigh MacKay squad from the Montague, and Crapaud clubs, and the Lauren Moerike foursome from the host Charlottetown Curling Complex.

The four women’s rinks will play a double round-robin format, and the six men’s teams will compete in a single round robin. The top two men’s and women’s teams out of the round robins, and any tiebreakers, will then advance to the November event.

Formats

Five sheets of ice at the Charlottetown Curling Complex means that all 10 teams will be on the ice for each draw, with round-robin action beginning Thursday at 7 p.m., continuing Friday and Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m., with the final women’s double round-robin draw and men’s tiebreaker, if needed, on Sunday at 9 a.m.

If a women’s tiebreaker round is required, it will go Sunday at 2 p.m., and a second men’s tiebreaker round, if  necessary, would go at 7 p.m.

The draw and end-by-end results are available at the event website, PEICurling.com/canadagames.

Rosters

Rosters for P.E.I. Canada Games’ curling trials:

Junior Men

Donald DeWolfe, Avery Wells, Riley Taweel, Nick Johnston, Cornwall Curling Club.

Cameron Jenkins, Spencer Stetson, Jonathan Cann, Andrew Stetson, Cornwall Curling Club.

Alex MacFadyen, James Dalton, Matthew MacDonald, Parker MacFadyen, Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club.

Leslie Noye, Jacob Wilkins, Dylan Vincent, Alex Ramsay, Western Community Curling Club.

Devin Schut (third stones), Tyson Smith (fourth stones), Spencer Matheson, Mitchell Schut, Cornwall Curling Club.

Tyler Smith, Brooks Roche, Dylan Lowery, Ryan Lowery, Montague Curling Club.

Junior Women

Meghan Ching, Rachel O’Connor, Lauren Lenentine, Breanne Burgoyne, Cornwall Curling Club.

Karlie Lewis, Emma Jean Griffin, Isabelle Getson, Hailey Wilson, Western Community Curling Club.

Kaleigh MacKay, Danielle Collings, Alyssa Wright, Kaleigh Peters, Montague Curling Club/Crapaud Community Curling Club.

Lauren Moerike, Ashley Gallant, Annika Kelly, Tati Kelly, Charlottetown Curling Complex.

Organizations: Canada Games, Silver Fox, Canada Games.TeamsSix Montague Curling Club Cornwall Curling Club Western Community Curling Club

Geographic location: Canada, Charlottetown, Prince George Summerside

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