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Birt rink wins opener at Scotties Tournament of Hearts

Michelle McQuaid, lead on the Suzanne Birt Charlottetown rink. Birt defeated Lisa Jackson from Crapaud Thursday night to even her record at 1-1 in the P.E.I. Scotties modified triple knock-out championship.
Michelle McQuaid, lead on the Suzanne Birt Charlottetown rink, releases a shot during the provincial Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Alberton in January. - Eric McCarthy

P.E.I. representative back in action Sunday afternoon

SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. —

P.E.I.’s Suzanne Birt rink is off to a winning start at the 2019 Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Sydney, N.S.

The team from the Charlottetown Curling Complex defeated Newfoundland and Labrador’s representative, skipped by Kelli Sharpe, 14-3 on Saturday night.  
Birt, third stone Marie Christianson, second stone Meaghan Hughes and lead Michelle McQuaid scored deuces in the first three ends to take an early 6-0 lead. After Newfoundland and Labrador got two back in the fourth, Birt counted four in the fifth to go into the break with a commanding 10-2 lead.
McQuaid led both teams by curling a game-high 91 per cent.
Team Birt, coached by Mitchell O’Shea, will be back in action on Sunday against Casey Scheidegger at 2:30 p.m. Scheidegger won the wild-card game on Friday night.

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Islanders
Summerside native Erin Carmody is playing third stone for Jill Brothers of Nova Scotia, which lost its opening game 7-6 to British Columbia’s Sarah Wark on Saturday afternoon. Carmody led all Nova Scotia team members curling 80 per cent.

Nova Scotia third Erin Carmody, left, and skip Jill Brothers share a light moment as they play British Columbia at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts at Centre 200 in Sydney, N.S., on Saturday, Feb. 16. Carmody is a Summerside native.
Nova Scotia third Erin Carmody, left, and skip Jill Brothers share a light moment as they play British Columbia at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts at Centre 200 in Sydney, N.S., on Saturday, Feb. 16. Carmody is a Summerside native.

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Prince Edward Island Alison Griffin was part of a history-making win on Saturday. Griffin plays third stone for Nunavut, which recorded its first-ever win in the main draw of the Canadian women’s curling championship. Nunavut defeated Quebec’s Gabrielle Lavoie 4-3.
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