In provincial masters curling championships
SUMMERSIDE – It was a good day for the Ted MacFadyen rink on Tuesday.
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Lead Alan Montgomery, left, and second stone Earle Proude of the Ted MacFadyen rink sweep a stone during Tuesday afternoon’s action in the P.E.I. masters curling championships at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club.
MacFadyen, third stone Lou Nowlan, second stone Earle Proude and lead Alan Montgomery captured the first of four qualifying spots for the men’s Page championship round at the eight-team triple-knockout P.E.I. masters curling championships for curlers aged 60 and over at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club in Summerside.
The rink from the host Silver Fox counted two triples in winning the A qualifier 8-4 over the Brian Ellis-skipped rink from the Crapaud Community Curling Club in afternoon action.
Ellis now plays John Holmes from the Silver Fox in the B qualifier on Wednesday at 9 a.m. The C and D qualifiers go Wednesday afternoon at 12:30 p.m., with Clair Sweet of O’Leary’s Maple Leaf Curling Club playing Cornwall’s Paul Arsenault, and Louis Walsh from the host club playing the loser of the B qualifier game between Ellis and Holmes.
The A and B qualifiers then square off in one Page playoff game while the C and D battle in the other on Wednesday at 4 p.m. The winner of the Page A-vs.-B match goes directly to Thursday’s 2 p.m. final. The loser of that game faces the winner of the C-vs.-D game in Thursday’s semifinal at 10 a.m., with the winner going to the final.
In morning action, Arsenault scored a triple in the final end of a 6-5 come-from-behind win over Sweet, and Walsh stole the last end to edge Holmes 6-5. The other afternoon contests had Walsh down Summerside’s Bob Maynard 10-1 in just four ends, Sweet beat Cornwall’s Matt Smith 7-3 and Holmes topped Arsenault 7-1.
All teams now have identical 2-2 (won-lost) records in women’s play.
It was a very different day for Cornwall’s Shirley Berry rink, which was 2-0 after Monday’s play. Berry lost her morning game 9-3 to defending champion and clubmate Diane MacKay. Berry opened with a triple, but MacKay took a deuce in the second and stole the next five ends for the win.
In the afternoon draw, Berry lost 12-2 to Norma Sonier from The Fox, scoring only in the fifth end. Sonier, aided by a four-point sixth end, doubled Cornwall’s Gloria Clarke 8-4 in the morning draw. Clarke rebounded with a 10-3 win over MacKay in the afternoon.
The women’s double round robin wraps up on Wednesday, with MacKay playing Sonier and Clarke facing Berry at 9 a.m., and MacKay playing Berry and Clarke taking on Sonier in the 12:30 p.m. draw.
The 4 p.m. draw is reserved for tiebreakers. The second- and third-place teams after the double round robin, and any tiebreakers, then square off in the semifinal on Thursday at 10 a.m., with the winner taking on the first-place team in the 2 p.m. final.
Winners and runners-up in both the men’s and the women’s divisions earn the right to compete in the Maritime masters championships at the Cornwall Curling Club from March 14 to 17. The winning teams, or the highest-finishing men’s and women’s rinks that choose to attend, are invited to participate in the 2014 ATB Financial Canadian masters championships at the Coaldale Granite Curling Club in Coaldale, Alta., from March 31 to April 6.