CHARLOTTETOWN – The P.E.I. Canada Games curling trials got underway at the Charlottetown Curling Complex on Thursday night.
The opening women’s draw featured Meghan Ching of Cornwall beat Lauren Moerike of the host Charlottetown Curling Complex 9-5, and Kaleigh MacKay and her Montague/Crapaud combined team downed Karlie Lewis and her rink from Alberton’s Western Community club 15-1 in five ends.
In men's action, the Alex MacFadyen rink from Summerside’s Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club defeated the Leslie Noye foursome from Western 9-2; 2011 Canada Games representative Tyler Smith and his Montague Curling Club rink beat Cornwall’s Donald DeWolfe team 14-5, and Cameron Jenkins of Cornwall topped clubmate Devin Schut 9-1.
The trials will qualify two men’s and two women’s teams as the training teams for the 2015 Canada Games. A best-of-three series between the training teams will be held in November to determine the teams that will go to the Canada Games in Prince George, B.C., from Feb. 13 to March 1, 2015.
The six men’s rinks in the trials are playing a round-robin format, and the four women’s teams are playing a double round robin. All 10 teams play in each draw. All games are 10 ends.
Play continues Friday and Saturday, with draws at 2 and 7 p.m., with the final women’s double-round-robin games going Sunday at 9 a.m.