Newson, MacKenzie advance to qualifier game Friday

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At P.E.I. Tankard provincial men’s curling championship

MONTAGUE – The first of four qualifying spots for the Page championship round of the P.E.I. Tankard provincial men’s curling championship will be determined with Friday’s 2 p.m. draw as the top-seeded Jamie Newson faces defending-champion Eddie MacKenzie.

The two teams for the qualifier were determined on Thursday afternoon at the Montague Curling Rink. Newson, helped out by two triples, defeated Tyler Harris 9-6 while MacKenzie blanked the first seven ends in a low-scoring 3-2 decision over Blair Jay. The teams traded deuces in ends eight and nine, with MacKenzie picking up a 10th-end single for the win.

In other games Thursday afternoon, last year’s runner-up, Rod MacDonald, downed Cornwall’s Bill Hope rink by a 10-3 score, bringing the game to an early end with a five-point seventh end, and Robert Campbell edged Blair Weeks 5-4.

All teams in the event, except for the Hope rink and Montague’s Donald Clarey foursome are from the Charlottetown Curling Complex.

Play continues on Thursday at 7 p.m., with Jay taking on Campbell, Clarey facing weeks, Harris playing MacDonald and Stevenson playing Hope. The B qualifier will be determined in Friday’s 7 p.m. draw, with the C and D coming out of Saturday’s 2 p.m. draw

The Page games between the A and B qualifiers, and between the C and D qualifiers, go Saturday at 7, with the semifinal on Sunday at 2 p.m., and the final following at 7 p.m.

The winning team will advance to the Tim Hortons Brier in Kamloops, B.C., from March 1 to 9.

Geographic location: Kamloops

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