CORNWALL – Two teams that know a thing or two about winning met at the Cornwall Curling Club to decide the P.E.I. Credit Unions provincial senior men’s curling championship on Sunday night.
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Ted MacFadyen skipped his rink from the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club in Summerside to the P.E.I. Credit Unions provincial senior men’s curling championship on Sunday night.
Six-time senior champion Ted MacFadyen and his rink from the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club in Summerside met defending-champion Rod MacDonald from the Charlottetown Curling Complex in a game that came down to a measurement in the final end.
The difference in the outcome was a steal of two in the final end to give MacFadyen a 5-4 win.
The MacFadyen rink 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.
MacFadyen and two other members of his team, Lou Nowlan and Earle Proude, are reigning P.E.I. masters champs for curlers aged 60 and over while curlers 50 and over are eligible for the senior championships. Pat Aylward was added to the MacFadyen team for the senior championships.
MacDonald, who said before the game that he was feeling under the weather, possibly from the flu, hit and stuck for one in the opening end. MacFadyen blanked the second end, and managed to get one with a hit into a mess of rocks in the third.
In the fourth end, MacDonald had a hit and stick for one while facing two to lead 2-1 at the break.
In the fifth end, MacDonald was lying three. MacFadyen bumped up one of his rocks, but MacDonald ended up stealing three to lead 4-1.
MacFadyen answered back with a deuce in the sixth end to trail 4-3.
MacDonald blanked the seventh to have last-rock advantage coming home up 4-3.
In the eighth end, MacFadyen had shot stone and was lying another just inside the eight-foot, with a MacDonald rock also in the eight-foot about the same distance from the centre of the house.
MacDonald drew with the last rock, which also ended up about the same distance from the centre. The measurement was done, with the lone blue rock emerging as shot stone, giving MacFadyen the win.
Other members of the MacDonald squad are Kevin Champion, Mark O’Rourke and Mark Victor.