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Likely one win away from Tankard title

John Likely’s mate, Anson Carmody calls a shot while Tim Hockin, middle and Darren Higgins look on during P.E.I. Tankard action.
John Likely’s mate, Anson Carmody calls a shot while Tim Hockin, middle and Darren Higgins look on during P.E.I. Tankard action. - Eric McCarthy

Smith to face either Birt or Fullerton in Scotties final

ALBERTON -- John Likely and his Charlottetown and Western Community curling clubs team of Anson Carmody, Steve Burgess, Robbie Doherty and Matthew is one win away from claiming the 2019 P.E.I. Tankard provincial men’s curling championship.

Standing in his way is defending champion Eddie MacKenzie from the Charlottetown Curling Complex.

The P.E.I. Scotties provincial women’s championship in Alberton will definitely go the distance.

Suzanne Birt won the women’s ‘C’ Qualifier 9-7 over Veronica Smith. Birt (4-2) and Smith (5-2), join Sarah Fullerton (4-2) in Sunday’s playoff round with Fullerton playing Birt at 9 a.m. and the winner going up against Smith at 2 p.m. Smith gets the bye to the final because she appeared in all three of the women’s Qualifiers.

Birt stole a deuce in the second after Smith blanked the first to keep hammer. Although Smith scored three in the fifth to tie the contest 4-4, Birt would never trail in the game. She regained a three-point lead in the sixth and Smith came to within 9-7 in the ninth but ran out of opportunities to tie in the tenth

Likely defeated the Darren Higgins rink from the Silver Fox Curling Club in the event’s ‘C’ Qualifier Saturday night at the Western Community Curling Club to advance to Sunday’s playoff bracket sporting a 5-1 (won-loss) record in the modified triple knockout championship.

MacKenzie dropped into the playoff bracket Saturday morning when he lost his ‘C’ Qualifier semi-final 5-4 to Likely.Check how Birt and Smith got to 'C' Qualifier

Read up on men's route to 'C' Qualifier

Other members of the MacKenzie foursome, the only other men’s team, from a starting field of six, still in the hunt, are Tyler MacKenzie, Chris Gallant and Sean Ledgerwood. 

Team Smith: Veronica Smith, Jane DiCarlo, Sabrina Smith, Whitney Jenkins. Team Birt: Suzanne Birt, Marie Christianson, Meaghan Hughes, Michelle McQuaid. Team Fullerton: Sarah Fullerton, Amanda Colter, Anita Casey, Aleya Quilty.

The first men’s and women’s playoff is at 9 a.m. There will be at least one winner-take-all game at 2 p.m.

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