CHARLOTTETOWN – Two rinks from the Cornwall Curling Club captured the Ferguson Funeral Homes/Curl P.E.I. provincial stick curling championships at the Charlottetown Curling Complex on Thursday.
The Roddie MacLean and John Dunsford duo won the Open Division, and the Elaine Hughes and Etta Reid team captured the Women’s Division.
The four teams in the finals all featured a combination of an experienced stick curler and someone new to competitive stick curling. Defending Canadian champion and last year’s provincial runner-up MacLean teamed up with new curler Dunsford to defeat Bill Glydon and new stick curler John Davis from the Western Community Curling Club in Alberton by a 4-2 score.
Hughes and Reid blanked Cornwall clubmates Shirley Lank and Mabel England by a 9-0 score.
Hughes edged four-time defending champions Ruth Stavert and Gloria Clarke, also from the Cornwall club, 5-4 in the semifinal. Stavert is also the Canadian women’s champ while MacLean blanked the Bob Leard/Howard Kerwin duo from Montague 7-0.
MacLean finished round-robin play with a 6-1 (won-lost) record while Fisher was 5-1, and Glydon and Leard were 5-2.
Hughes and Lank were both 4-2 in women’s play while Stavert went 3-3. A total of 15 Open Division and eight women’s teams took part.
All four open division teams in the semis and the final, along with the top two women’s rinks from this year’s event (Hughes and Lank) earn the right to compete in the Maritime stick curling championships in Oromocto, N.B., from March 18 to 20.
The top two Open Division teams also earn the right to compete in the 2014 Canadian open stick curling championship in St. Albert, Alta., from March 30 to April 2. This is an “open” event, but reserves entries for the top two teams from each of British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and P.E.I.