CORNWALL – Jennifer Scott’s rink from the Montague Curling Club stole a single point in the last end to win the P.E.I. Credit Unions provincial senior women’s curling championship on Sunday night.
The Scott team, a reunion of their 1988 P.E.I. women’s championship rink, pulled out an exciting 7-6 win over five-time senior champ Shirley Berry from the host Cornwall Curling Club and the Silver Fox.
Scott and her teammates, June Moyaert, second stone Terry Thompson and lead Fran Whitlock, will represent P.E.I. at the Canadian senior championships at the Yellowknife Curling Centre from March 22 to 30. This is the first time the Canadian Curling Association has ever held a national championship in the Northwest Territories.
Berry blanked the first end in the final to keep hammer, but was left with a difficult runback on Scott’s shot stone in the second end that didn’t quite work out, giving up a steal of one.
Berry drew for one to tie the game in the third end. The fourth end proved disastrous for Berry, with Scott making a double. Berry’s next shot went through the rings, and Scott drew for four to lead 5-1 at the half.
Berry narrowed the gap to 5-3 in the fifth end. She was lying two with hammer and drew for three, but bumped one of her rocks slightly and had to settle for two.
Scott ran into difficulty in the sixth end, with Berry having three rocks behind cover. Scott was short on a tap-back attempt, giving up three to trail 6-5.
In the seventh end, Scott bumped up one of her rocks to count two. Berry’s hit was a bit thin, but she cut Scott down for one. Scott’s draw for a deuce came up short, so she ended with a single and a tie game coming home.
Berry had one counter in the final end, but Scott tapped one of hers to the button to become shot rock. Berry’s third stone Sandy Hope flashed her attempted hit and Scott attempted a guard, but it didn’t make it to the hog line.
Berry then drew for second stone. Scott’s next shot was wide, giving Berry the opportunity to draw past the Scott counter for the win. It was not to be, however, with Berry’s shot stopping just short to hand Scott the win.
Berry’s team also includes Sandy Hope, Shelley Ebbett and Arleen Harris. Butch McGee and Bill Hope coach the Berry rink.