SUMMERSIDE – Ted MacFadyen and Shirley Berry are the 2014 P.E.I. masters curling champions for curlers aged 60 and over.
MacFadyen and his Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club rink of third stone Lou Nowlan, second stone Earle Proude and lead Alan Montgomery defeated the John Holmes team 8-5 in an all-Summerside men’s final.
“The keys were making the right shot at the right time,” said MacFadyen. “A few times we were in trouble, but someone would come up with a big shot.”
In the women’s championship game, the Shirley Berry rink from the Cornwall Curling Club and Silver Fox trimmed the Diane MacKay foursome from the Cornwall Curling Club and Charlottetown Curling Complex 11-3.
“We went out hoping to keep it clean, and we were hoping to play more of a takeout game than a draw game,” offered Berry. “We achieved our goal that way, and we’re happy about that.”
The four-day provincial championship wrapped up at the Silver Fox on Thursday afternoon.
The winners and runners-up in both the men’s and the women’s divisions earned the right to compete in the Maritime masters championships at the Cornwall Curling Club from March 14 to 17.
“We have played in that before,” said MacFadyen. “It’s kind of a fun weekend where the top two teams from each province play off. You play five games and it’s a good, sociable weekend.”
Berry is also looking forward to competing in the Maritime event in her home club.
“We like playing together, and we’re looking forward to it,” she added.
Also, 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 in Coaldale Alta., from March 31 to April 6.
Holmes was unable to curl on Thursday, so third stone Des Arsenault moved up to the skip position, Stephen Bent moved up to third stone from second stone, Harry Williams played the second stone position and George Power remained at lead.
MacFadyen counted three in the opening end, and then stole a deuce in the second for a 5-0 lead.
The Holmes rink got one back in the third end, and stole a single point in the fourth as MacFadyen missed on picking out shot rock for three. However, MacFadyen answered with a deuce in the fifth end to go up 7-2.
“That (deuce) really helped to settle the nerves,” said MacFadyen.
The Holmes rink refused to go quietly, scoring a deuce in the sixth end and stealing a single point in the seventh to make it a 7-5 game going into the final eighth end.
“This is the third time we played that team, and the other two games were quite close,” said MacFadyen.
Overall, MacFadyen, who won the 2011 and 2012 provincial masters titles with Nowlan and Proude as members of the Mel Bernard rink, was pleased with his team’s play.
“We played very well,” assessed MacFadyen. “Alan is new to our team, he played very well.
“I have curled with Earle and Lou for quite a while. They are veteran curlers, so I was pleased with the way we curled.”
Earlier Thursday, Holmes doubled Brian Ellis from the Crapaud Community Curling Club 8-4 in the men’s semifinals.
Berry, who scored all of her points in just three ends, used a five-ender in the second end to take a 5-1 lead.
After MacKay answered back with a deuce in the third end, Berry scored back-to-back triples in the fourth and fifth ends, and it was time for handshakes.
Berry admitted she was “really surprised” the final was so high scoring.
“I went out thinking if we can keep it close we will be fine,” said Berry. “We had two bad games this week, and those were in the back of our minds.
“We were hoping not to have a repeat of those bad games.”
Berry praised the efforts of her teammates – third stone Sandy Hope, second stone Arleen Harris and lead Evelyn Rogerson. Butch McGee and Bill Hope coach Team Berry.
“I’ve played with Sandy and Arleen a number of years now, and we’ve played seniors together,” explained Berry. “Evelyn is new to our team as far as the masters.
“It was getting adjusted to her weight, and the last couple of games she played superb, she was great.”
In Thursday morning’s semifinal, MacKay overcame a 4-0 deficit after two ends to defeat Norma Sonier from the host Silver Fox 6-5. Berry’s first-place finish in the double round robin secured her berth in the final.