Holmes grabs B qualifier at P.E.I. masters curling ch’ships

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SUMMERSIDE – There was a lot of movement in Wednesday morning’s draw at the P.E.I. masters curling championships here at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club.

Two of the four qualifiers for the men’s Page round have been determined, and the four-way women’s tie has been broken.

The rink of John Holmes, Des Arsenault, Stephen Bent and George Power from the host Silver Fox club grabbed the B qualifier, with a 9-5 win over the Brian Ellis foursome from Crapaud. They join the A qualifier, skipped by Ted MacFadyen, also from the host club, in the Page A-vs.-B game at 4 p.m., Wednesday.

The winner of that game will go directly to Thursday’s 2 p.m. final, and the loser playing the winner of the Page C-vs.-D game, also at  4 p.m., in Thursday’s semifinal at 10 a.m.

The C and D qualifiers are being determined in Draw 6, which got underway at 12:30 p.m., with Paul Arsenault of Cornwall playing Clair Sweet of O’Leary’s Maple Leaf Curling Club in the C, and Louis Walsh from the host club taking on Ellis in the D.

In the four-team women’s double round robin, 2012 champion Shirley Berry and 2013 winner Diane MacKay, both from the Cornwall Curling Club, broke a four-way tie by picking up morning wins. Berry beat clubmate Gloria Clarke 8-2, and MacKay defeated the host club’s Norma Sonier 8-5. Sonier scored all five of her points in the second end.

MacKay and Berry, both 3-2 (won-lost), with the other teams at 2-3, are playing each other in the final double-round-robin draw, which began at 12:30 p.m., so the winner of this draw will nail down first place and advance to Thursday’s 2 p.m. final.

The second- and third-place teams after the round robin, and any tiebreakers, will advance to Thursday’s semifinal at 10 a.m., with the winner of that game going to the 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 Canadian masters championships in Coaldale, Alta., from March 31 to April 6.

Organizations: Silver Fox, Cornwall Curling Club, Maple Leaf Curling Club

Geographic location: Maritime, Coaldale

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