The following are the Curl PEI Provincial Championships entry deadlines for the month of December:
Pepsi Juniors (U21)
Location: Charlottetown Curling Club
Date: December 27-31 2018
Entry Deadline: December 10, 2018 (extended from original publication)
Entry Fee: $170 + Participant Fees
PEI Scotties Tournament of Hearts (Women’s) and Tankard (Men’s)
Location: Western Community Curling Club (Alberton)
Date: January 9-15 2019
Entry Deadline: December 19, 2018
Entry Fee: $190 per team plus Participant Fees
The annual WPG Jim Sullivan Curling Classic wrapped up Sunday afternoon at the Thistle St. Andrews Curling Club in Saint John NB, with PEI’s Suzanne Birt rink and Nova Scotia’s Kendal Thompson team taking the top cash prizes back to their home provinces.
File photo of Team Birt (L-R): Michelle McQuaid, Meaghan Hughes, Suzanne Birt, Marie Christianson
Birt beat New Brunswick’s Andrea Crawford team 6-4 in the final, scoring three of those points in the final two ends while Thompson edged defending champ Jamie Murphy, also from Halifax, by an 8-7 score, fighting back from a 7-4 deficit by taking four points in the final two ends.
PEI’s Veronica Smith team, runners-up last year, went undefeated in the round robin and won their quarter-final, but lost in the semi-finals to Birt by an 8-6 score, when Birt stole the eighth end to tie the game and then stole a deuce in the extra end for the win.
The Melissa Morrow foursome from Summerside, runners-up in last season’s PEI Travelers Curling Club Championship, was the third PEI team in the event, finishing just out of the playoffs with a 2-2 win-loss record.
18 teams (none from PEI) took part in the men’s event with the following prize structure:
Total Prize Purse: $15,300
1st Place – $5,000
2nd Place – $3,300
Semi-finalists – $1,500
Quarter-finalists – $1,000
The women’s prize structure was based on 10 teams, but it was expanded to include 15, and the updated prize structure has not been provided.
The two PEI curling teams (both from the Cornwall Curling Club) for the Canada Games in Red Deer have now been decided, after another very close game between Cornwall’s Lauren Ferguson and Sydney Howatt girl’s teams, with Ferguson capturing the winner-take-all fifth game of the tied best-of-five series by a 5-3 score. Last rock advantage in the final end and a deuce in the sixth gave Ferguson the edge in this extremely close game, with Ferguson blanking the opening end, and the teams trading single points in the other ends. Team Lauren Ferguson will join their Cornwall clubmates, Team Mitchell Schut, at the 2019 Canada Games in Red Deer Alberta, from February 15 to March 3.
(L-R): Team Ferguson 2019 PEI Canada Games Girl’s Team – David Murphy (Coach), Lauren Ferguson (skip), Katie Shaw (third), Alexis Burris (second), Lexie Murray (lead), Andrew Robinson (Curl PEI Past President)
PEI Canada Games finalist team (L-R): Sierra Clyke (calls the game), Sydney Howatt (throws final stones), Meghan Sherren (second), Madelyn Cantwell (lead), A.J. Campbell (coach), Andrew Robinson (Curl PEI Past President)
Suzanne Birt won the “Battle of PEI” over last year’s event runner-up Veronica Smith in semi-final play this afternoon at the WFG Jim Sullivan Curling Classic in Saint John, and will face Fredericton’s Andrea Crawford in the 3:30 pm final.
Team Birt (file photo)
Smith was leading 6-4 after six ends, but Birt took a single in the seventh, stole one in the eighth, and stole a deuce in the extra end for an 8-6 come-from-behind win. Crawford stole four in the seventh in an 8-1 routing of Erica Cluff, also from Fredericton. PEI’s Melissa Morrow rink, last year’s PEI runners-up at the Travelers Curling Club Championship, finished just out of the playoffs with a 2-2 win-loss record.
Two very close matches were played this morning at the PEI Canada Games Curling Finals here at the Cornwall Curling Club, with the Mitchell Schut team from Cornwall scoring a triple in an extra end to beat the Chase MacMillan foursome from Charlottetown 8-5 and win the boy’s best of five series 3 games to 1, advancing to the Canada Games, from February 15 to March 3 in Red Deer Alberta.
The girl’s series will go all the way to a winner-take-all fifth game, at 3:30 pm, after the Sydney Howatt foursome, trailing 4-3 coming home without hammer, stole four points in the final end to win 7-4, and even their series with their Cornwall clubmates the Lauren Ferguson team at two games each.
Canada Games Boys’ Team (L-R) Lori Robinson (coach), Colin MacKenzie (lead), Liam Kelly (2nd), Nick Johnston (third), Mitchell Schut (skip), with Andrew Robinson (Curl PEI Past President)
Canada Games Boy’s Finalists (L-R): David MacFadyen (coach), Davis Nicholson (lead), Liam Barbrick (2nd), Jack MacFadyen (third), Chase MacMillan (skip)
Cornwall’s Veronica Smith rink, who were last year’s runners-up, and went through round robin play undefeated, will be playing another PEI team, skipped by Suzanne Birt, in the noon semi-finals of the WFG Jim Sullivan Curling Classic, which wraps up today in Saint John. Birt had only one loss in the round robin, 7-1 to Smith.
In this morning’s quarter-finals, Smith beat Justine Comeau of Fredericton 7-4, while Birt got by Cathlia Ward, now playing in Newfoundland and Labrador, 6-4. Last year’s winner, Sylvie Robichaud from Moncton, lost in the quarters, 7-4 to Erica Cluff of Fredericton, who stole a triple in the 7th end, so there will be a new champion this year. Andrea Crawford of Fredericton stole two in an extra to get by Sarah Mallais of Saint John to capture the final spot in the semis.
Two out of the three PEI rinks entered in the WFG Jim Sullivan Curling Classic at the Thistle St. Andrews Curling Club in Saint John NB have advanced to this morning’s 8:30 quarter-final round.
Team Veronica Smith
The Veronica Smith team, runners-up to Sylvie Robichaud in the event last year, went undefeated, while Suzanne Birt and her team finished second in the same pool, losing only to Smith, by a 7-1 score, and also advance to the money round. Moncton’s Robichaud is the only other undefeated team in the women’s event. PEI’s Melissa Morrow rink, PEI Travelers finalists last season, finished out of the playoffs at 2-2 win-loss with wins over Andrea Crawford and Shelly Graham, but losing to Robichaud and to a Saint John team skipped by Marin McLeod.
The quarter-final matchups see Smith playing Justine Comeau, Birt taking on Cathlia Ward, Robichaud facing Erica Cluff, and Crawford playing Sarah Mallais. The semis go at noon, with the final at 3:30 Atlantic.
No PEI teams are entered on the men’s side, where 2015 and 2017 winner Jamie Murphy leads the pack with a 5-0 record.
Three games have been completed in the best of five Canada Games Finals here in Cornwall for both the girls’ and boys’ divisions, with Cornwall’s Lauren Ferguson rink leading the girl’s series two games to one over their clubmates, the Sydney Howatt squad, and Cornwall’s Mitchell Schut team leading the boy’s series, also two games to one, over Charlottetown’s Chase MacMillan foursome. This means that a win in either game on Sunday, at 10 am and 3:30 pm, would send the Ferguson or Schut teams to the Canada Games in Red Deer, while Howatt and MacMillan would have to win both of their games.
(L-R) Lexie Murray, Lauren Ferguson, and Alexis Burris
(L-R): Liam Barbrick, Chase MacMillan, Davis Nicholson
In Draw Two on Saturday morning, Team Ferguson moved to 2-0 on the girls’ side with a 4-3 win over Team Howatt while teams MacMillan and Schut were tied at a game apiece on the boy’s side following an 8-4 win by the Chase MacMillan team.
Both games came down to exciting finishes in Draw Three on Saturday afternoon.
Photo (L-R): Meghan Sherren, Sydney Howatt, and Madelyn Cantwell from Team Howatt
The Sydney Howatt team, with Howatt throwing final stones, and Sierra Clyke calling the game, was tied 5-5 after eight ends, with last rock advantage in the final end going to the Lauren Ferguson rink, who had a 2-0 lead in the series and would have advanced to the Canada Games in Red Deer with a win. However, Howatt stole the end, for a 6-5 final score forcing game four on Sunday morning.
Photo (L-R): Mitchell Schut, Liam Kelly, Colin MacKenzie
The boys’ game, with the series tied 1-all, was also close, with the Chase MacMillan team, hot off a morning win over the Schut squad, leading 3-2 after six ends. Schut blanked the seventh to have hammer coming home, and took the win with a three-point eighth end and a 5-3 final score.
Paul Horne, a former Club member who suffered a cardiac event while curling at our Club back in January 2010, has passed away. Paul had been resuscitated with the help of another Club member performing CPR until the paramedics arrived. As a result of that incident, the Club, with the help of monies raised by the Daytime Curlers and donated by Cornwall Physiotherapy and Sports Rehabilitation, purchased an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED), and Club staff received training in CPR and use of the AED. A fundraiser, attended by many Club members, was held at the North Shore Community Centre, and raised $19,000 to assist with home modifications and other aspects of his recovery.
Alan “Paul” Horne
At the Queen Elizabeth Hospital on Friday, December 7, 2018, of Alan “Paul” Horne of Charlottetown. Beloved husband of Eileen (Woods). Loving and ever patient father of Rebecca, Robert (Robyn) and Victoria (Nathan MacAulay). Proud Granddad of Jude, Finn, Lewis, Tommy and Gracie. Dear brother of Fred (Mary Burke), Steve (Teresa). Predeceased by his parents Roland and Mary (Reid) Horne and infant sons Patrick and Alan. Dearly missed by the extended Horne, Reid and Woods family members. Resting at Belvedere Funeral Home for visitation on Tuesday, December 11 from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm. Funeral Wednesday, December 12 from Winsloe United Church at 10 am. Interment in Sherwood Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Winsloe United Church or Integrated Palliative Home Care. www.belvederefh.com