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.
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.
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.
The Sports Network (TSN) live coverage of every draw.