Cornwall’s Berry, Hope teams start play Sat. in Everest Canadian Seniors. 2 Islanders on Ont. men’s team

The PEI men’s and women’s teams, skipped by Bill Hope and Shirley Berry from here at the Cornwall Curling Club. begin play Saturday morning at 9:30 Eastern, one at the RBC Arena, and the other at the Molson Arena, both part of the Stratford Ontario Rotary Complex, in the Everest Canadian Senior Championships, for curlers age 50 and over. The men’s and women’s divisions are both divided into two seven-team pools, and play a round-robin draw concluding Monday evening. At that point, the teams are split into championship and seeding pools for play on Tuesday and Wednesday, with the semi-finals and the medal games going on Thursday, March 29 at 10 am and 2 pm.

The Hope team, who beat the Phil Gorveatt foursome in the PEI Seniors Final, will also be representing PEI at the  Canadian Masters Curling Championships (for curlers age 60 and over) in Surrey and White Rock, BC from April 1-8.

Photo (L-R): Bill Hope (skip), Craig Mackie (3rd), Peter Murdoch (2nd), David Murphy (lead)

The Shirley Berry team went undefeated in the women’s championship and, according to the rules, a championship round was not requred.


Photo (L-R): Shirley Berry (skip), Janice Murdoch (3rd), Arleen Harris (2nd), Kim Nicholson (lead)

Besides the Island rinks, there are two PEI-born players on the Ontario Men’s team out of the  Russell Curling Club, skipped by Bryan Cochrane, with Souris native Ian MacAulay playing third, and Morgan Currie, from Summerside playing second. 

(L-R): Skip: Bryan CochraneThird: Ian MacAulaySecond: Morgan CurrieLead: Ken Sullivan

MacAulay, who began his career at the former Souris Curling Club, is now a professional icemaker in the Ottawa area, and provided assistance in getting curling going again on a part-time basis back in Souris, at the Eastern Kings Sports Centre.  He was on Cochrane’s team when they won the 2016 Canadian Seniors, and went on to take the Silver medal at the Worlds.  Click for CBC PEI story on MacAulay.

Currie, also living in the Ottawa area, made a special trip to the Island back in 2013 for the posthumous induction of his mother, Ann Currie into the PEI Curling Hall of Fame.

Morgan Currie unveiling Wayne Wright portrait of his mother, Ann

It will be the fourth Canadian seniors with title sponsorship from Everest, the first nationwide funeral planning and concierge service. For the first time, selected games from the 2018 Everest Canadian Seniors will be streamed live by CBC Sports. You can watch at or via the CBC Sports app for iOS and Android. 

Event Draw

(with info from Curling Canada)

Islanders in College & Univ. Ch’ships starting Sat., Cornwall member Lauren Ferguson in Mixed Dbls starting March 29, all in Leduc AB

An unprecedented celebration of Canadian championship curling takes place starting this weekend in Leduc, Alta.

Over a nine-day span, the Leduc Recreation Centre will play host to four Canadian championship events:

  • The 2018 U SPORTS/Curling Canada Curling Championships from March 24-28
  • The 2018 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA)/Curling Canada Championships from March 24-28
  • The 2018 Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship from March 26-31
  • The 2018 Canadian Mixed Doubles Championship from March 29-April 1

The U SPORTS and CCAA championships, along with Canadian Mixed Doubles Championship, will be played in the Leduc Recreation Centre’s twin arenas — Ken’s Furniture Arena and Robinson Arena — while the Canadian Wheelchair Championship is scheduled for the eight-sheet BMO Centre curling facility; it will be part of the 100th anniversary celebrations for the club.



It will be the first time the CCAA national men’s and women’s championships, for colleges and institutes, will be staged in cooperation with Curling Canada. PEI’s Holland College has a women’s team in the event. The team members are Cynthia Pearson, from Fredericton New Brunswick, who is attending first year in the Culinary Program, Tegan Stride, from Summerside PEI, who is attending first year in the Practical Nursing program, MacKenzie Stewart, from Crapaud PEI, who is attending first year in the Practical Nursing program, and Taya-Ray Crossman, from Crapaud PEI, who is attending first year in the Human Services program. Ten-time PEI Women’s champion Shelly Bradley is their coach.

(L-R): Cynthia Pearson, Tegan Stride, MacKenzie Stewart, Taya-Ray Crossman, Shelly Bradley (coach)

It will be the 14th CCAA national championship event; the event started in 1984 and ran through to 1990. It was revived in 2012 and has been staged annually ever since.

It will be the second straight year the CCAA Championships have been held in Alberta; Red Deer College and Fanshawe College won the women’s and men’s gold medals respectively at the University of Alberta-Augustana in Camrose, which is also serving as the official host school for the 2018 event.

“The CCAA is thrilled to be collaborating with Curling Canada in the hosting of the 2018 CCAA/Curling Canada Championships,” said Sandra Murray-MacDonell, Executive-Director of the CCAA. “By collaborating with Curling Canada, the hope is to grow the sport in the Canadian Collegiate post-secondary sector. There is a strong curling presence in our Ontario and Alberta Athletic Conferences.  With the increased exposure of CCAA student-athlete competition amidst three other Curling Canada Championships and with the infusion of team travel subsidies, growth and alignment in this sport sector is sure to ensue.”



It will be the 11th staging of the U SPORTS/Curling Canada Curling Championships, and the second time it’s been held in Alberta; the 2010 championships were staged at the Saville Sports Centre in Edmonton and hosted by the University of Alberta.

The University of Alberta will be the official host school for the 2018 championships.

The UPEI Women’s Panthers team did not make it out of the Atlantics this year, and there is currently no UPEI men’s team, although Summerside’s Alex Gallant is competing on the UNB Varsity Reds team.

UNB Reds (L-R):  
Skip: Jack Smeltzer,  Third: Trevor Crouse, Second: Evan MacKnight,
 Lead: Alex Gallant, Alternate: Andrew Burgess

Coach: Lindsey MacKnight 

The last U SPORTS/Curling Canada Curling Championships was in Thunder Bay, Ont., with Memorial University winning the men’s gold medal and Laurentian University taking women’s gold.

“U SPORTS is very pleased to continue its commitment to university curling in Canada. Partnering with Curling Canada and one of our sport partners, the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association, as well as the University of Alberta and the University of Alberta-Augustana, will raise the bar by providing university athletes with the opportunity to compete on stadium ice,” said Graham Brown, CEO of U SPORTS.  “One of our goals for university sport in Canada is to build relationships with our sport partners and universities to enhance the student-athlete experiences at U SPORTS national championships. Providing a curling festival concept in a curling community like Leduc does just that.”

The men’s and women’s winners of the 2018 U SPORTS/Curling Canada Curling Championships will earn the right to represent Canada at the 2019 Winter Universiade in Krasnoyarsk, Russia.

Both scholastic championships will feature eight men’s and eight women’s teams.



The Canadian Wheelchair Championship will be staged in Alberta for the second time in the 15-year history of the event. The 2011 Canadian Wheelchair Championship was held at the Jasper Place Curling Club in Edmonton, with Manitoba’s Chris Sobkowicz coming out on top.

Mixed Doubles


Meanwhile, the Canadian Mixed Doubles Championship will be making a return to the city in which the event made its debut. The inaugural Canadian Mixed Doubles Championship was held at the BMO Centre, with the Quebec pairing of Robert Desjardins and Isabelle Néron taking the gold medal.

PEI is represented by the duo of Lauren Ferguson and Calvin Smith, from the Crapaud Community Curling Club. Lauren is also a Cornwall Curling Club member.


Calvin Smith (left) and Lauren Ferguson

The winner of the 2018 Canadian Mixed Doubles will represent Canada at the 2018 World Mixed Doubles Championship, April 21-28 in Oestersund Sweden.

Click to read at Curling Canada

U13 Winners in The Guardian and the Journal today

(As well as the pictures in The Guardian, the pictures, plus a full story, are in the Journal)
Congrats once again to the winners of the Provincial U13 here at our Club! We had a huge turnout for the games, and did very well on the 50×50 draw and sales of sandwiches, and of freshly-baked cookies donated by ADL Foods. 

Photo gallery from U13 Finals

The Provincial Under 13 Curling Championships wrapped up the curling season’s PEI championships yesterday at our Club, with Cornwall’s Ella Lenentine foursome winning the “B” final. 

Click for a gallery of photos from the Finals, at

Reminder: Final Junior Instructional Day is March 25. Jr. Closing Pizza Party and Skate is April 8

The junior curling season is winding down, and the last instructional day is March 25th.

The Junior closing Closing Party is on Sunday, April 8th from 3:30-5:30 pm. There will be pizza, plus snacks provided by parents e.g. fruit tray, crackers and cheese, veggie tray and drinks.  The junior curlers are invited to bring their skates to skate on the ice. Please wear a helmet!
There will also be Trivia and other fun activities!


Cruz Pineau rink wins PEI Under 13 Ch’ship A division, Cornwall’s Ella Lenentine team wins B, Sydney Carver squad takes C

The Provincial Under 13 Curling Championships wrapped up this afternoon at the Cornwall Curling Club, with the Cruz Pineau rink from the Silver Fox and Charlottetown curling clubs going undefeated in the event with a 4-0 record, and taking the “A” final. Their opponents, the Montague Curling Club team skipped by Nathaniel Shaw, played a much better game than the final score indicated, but the experienced Pineau and third Brayden Shaw, who were finalists last year as well, along with their front end for this event, Jack MacFadyen and Davis Nicholson, who normally play on the  Chase MacMillan Canada Games Training Team out of Charlottetown, recorded a convincing win, under the guidance of coach Cory Snow. The Shaw rink also included third Brody Quinn, second Sean Peric, and lead Dean Hicken, with alternate Samuel Shaw and coach Kyle MacDonald.

Photo: Team Pineau adding another brick to the wall of guards, to steal a deuce in end four.

A Division

U13 “A” Champions (L-R): Cruz Pineau, Brayden Snow, Davis Nicholson, Jack MacFadyen, Cory Snow (Coach)

U13 Nathaniel Shaw Finalist Rink: Samuel Shaw (Alternate), Dean Hicken, Sean Peric, Brody Quinn, Nathaniel Shaw, Kyle MacDonald (coach)

B Division

While her sister Lauren is getting ready to begin a new adventure in Halifax, curling on the World Junior Champion Kaitlyn Jones rink, Ella Lenentine, from the host club, stepped up to the PEI curling championship podium this weekend, skipping the B division championship rink with a high-scoring win over the Nate MacRae foursome from Charlottetown. Team Ella Lenentine includes third Ashlyn Shaw, second Erika Pater, and lead Kacey Gauthier. Robbie Lenentine is coaching. The Nate MacRae “B” finalist rink includes third Connor Bruce, second stone Koby-Lynn Gallant, and lead Ethan Smith, with coach Connor MacPhee. 

“B” Division Champion Ella Lenentine rink (L-R):  Ella Lenentine, Ashlyn Shaw, Erika Pater, Kacey Gauthier, Robbie Lenentine (Coach)

“B” Division Finalist Nate MacRae rink (L-R):  Connor Bruce, Ethan Smith,  Koby-Lynn Gallant, Nate MacRae, Connor MacPhee (coach)

C Division

The “C” division final was the closest of the three divisions, but Montague’s Sydney Carver team pulled off a stolen deuce and two single steals on the way to a six-point win over the Jorja McLellan squad from O’Leary’s Maple Leaf club. Team Carver also includes third Michaela MacLeansecond Hannah Hogan, lead Brayden Jackson, alternate Katie MacLean, and coach Tyler Garnhum (Coach). Rounding out the McLellan foursome are third Bridget Wallace, second stone Reid Hart, and lead Brooke Lewis, with coach John Martin.

“C” Champion Sydney Carver rink: Sydney Carver, Michaela MacLean, Hannah Hogan, Brayden Jackson, Tyler Garnhum (Coach)

“C” Finalist McLellan rink (L-R):  Jorja McLellan, Reid Hart , Brooke Lewis, Bridget Wallace, John Martin (Coach)

Following the presentation of the medals to the winning and finalist teams, the Sportsmanship award, as voted on by the curlers in the event, and the Coaching award, as voted on by the event’s Head Official (Yvonne Barbour) were presented.

The Sportsmanship award went to Brooke Lewis, lead on the Jorja McLellan rink from the Maple Leaf Curling Club in O’Leary. She had departed for O’Leary a few minutes earlier, so her three teammates collected the award for her.

Photo (L-R): Official Yvonne Barbour, with Jorja McLellan, Bridget Wallace, and Reid Hart, accepting the Sportsmanship award on behalf of Brooke Lewis

The Coaching award went to John Martin, coach of the McLellan team.

Photo (L-R): Event Official Yvonne Barbour, Coaching Award winner John Martin

This event concludes the PEI Provincial Curling Championships for the season.

Young Hockey Player’s gear missing – have you seen it??

A family with a long history here at the Cornwall Curling Club needs help getting a young hockey player’s gear back.  It’s a set of small hockey gear in a black hockey bag, and includes a small orange Timbit jersey. It was lost along Rte 19 in Fairview when it fell out of his father’s truck while driving. If you see it in your travels, call the RCMP. 

Cornwall curler excited to join junior women’s world champs for 2018 season (CBC PEI)

P.E.I. curler Lauren Lenentine is joining the Canadian and world junior championship team from Nova Scotia for the upcoming curling season.

Lenentine, who curls out of the Cornwall Curling Club, will begin competing with the Kaitlyn Jones rink at the end of April when they travel to Calgary for the Champions Cup.


Lauren Lenentine, middle, accompanied Team Jones as an alternate at the world junior championships in early March, and will play for the team fulltime in 2018. (Team Jones/Twitter)

She will replace third Kristin Clarke, whose junior eligibility has expired.

I’m really excited, they’re clearly a really good team so to have this opportunity is amazing and I’m so excited to have a new adventure,” Lenentine said.

‘She’s very dedicated and we know that she’s a good person on and off the ice and she just brings that chemistry that we need for the team.’— Kaitlyn Jones

Lenentine said she wants to win a Canadian and world junior championship and, at 17, she’ll have three years to do it.

“That has always been my goal so I’m looking forward to trying to achieve it,” she said.

Lenentine accompanied Team Canada as an alternate at the world championships in Scotland earlier this month.

“We wanted to do it as a test run to see if she would work well with us next year and we thought she was a great fit,” Jones said.

Lenentine will be moving to Halifax in the fall to attend university and begin her “new adventure.”

Click for the full story at CBC PEI

1 PM Finals set at PEI U13 in here Cornwall

The teams for the 1 PM finals are now set, following this morning’s second semi-final draw at the Provincial Under 13 Curling Championship here at the Cornwall Curling Club.


Photo: Pineau rink

The Cruz Pineau team from the Silver Fox and Charlottetown curling clubs edged Summerside’s Anderson MacDougall rink 6-5 this morning to advance to the “A” final against Montague’s Nathaniel Shaw foursome. Teams who finished first place in the round robin advanced to the “A” final round.

The “B” finalists are the Nate MacRae squad from the Charlottetown Curling Club, who beat their clubmates, the Mollie Shaw team, 6-2 this morning, and the Ella Lenentine team from Cornwall, who won the first semi-final yesterday.

The “C” finalists are the Sydney Carver rink from Montague, who won the first semi-final on Saturday afternoon, and the Jorja McLellan squad from the Maple Leaf club in O’Leary, who blanked their clubmates, the Mannix Martin foursome, 7-0 in the other semi this morning.

Live results at


Montague’s Shaw unseats defending champ to advance to U13 “A” final. Lenentine, Carver to B, C finals (with correction)

The Nathaniel Shaw team from Montague picked up another big win today, eliminating the defending champion Clara Jack team from Cornwall and the Silver Fox with a 6-2 win in “A” semi-final action this afternoon at the Cornwall Curling Club, and earning a berth in the 1 pm Sunday “A” finals. They will be playing the winner of the other “A”  semi, at  9:30 am Sunday between two Silver Fox teams, skipped by Cruz Pineau, who was a finalist last year, and Andrew MacDougall, who both advanced to the A semis with lopsided wins this morning, finishing their round-robin pools with 2-0 records, the same as Jack and Shaw. Pineau has two players from Charlottetown’s Chase MacMillan team with him in this event.

Team Nathaniel Shaw

The key shot of the game between Shaw and Jack came in the third end when, tied 1-1, but facing six or seven Jack counters, plus guards out front, Shaw made a clutch draw to the edge of the four foot with his last shot, giving up one, but saving the game for the Shaw team. That stolen single was the last point for Jack, as Shaw came back with a triple, and, with the help of lots of guards, stole singles in ends five and six.

 Ella Lenentine

Meanwhile, there’s now another Team Lenentine in town – with Lauren’s sister Ella winning the first “B” semi, 7-4 over another hometown rink, skipped by Jacob Dalton. They’ll be joined in the 1 pm Sunday B final by one of two Charlottetown teams, skipped by Nate MacRae and Mollie Shaw, who square off in the other semi-final, at 9:30 am Sunday. All four rinks finished the round robin in second place in their division, with 1-1 records.

Sydney Carver team

 The Sydney Carver squad from Montague won the first Section “C” semi 6-3 over the Ella Gavin rink from the Maple Leaf club in O’Leary. The second semi, at 9:30 am Sunday, is a battle between two Maple Leaf teams, skipped by Mannix Martin and Jorja McLellan, with the winner facing Carver at 1 pm.

Live results at