Birt squad ral­lies late

P.E.I. Scot­ties Tour­na­ment of Hearts un­der­way in Mon­tague

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

De­fend­ing-cham­pion Suzanne Birt needed a late rally on Fri­day af­ter­noon.

The Sum­mer­side na­tive and her Char­lot­te­town Curl­ing Com­plex rink trailed club­mate Lisa Jack­son 6-5 af­ter eight ends, but counted four with the ham­mer in the ninth end en route to a 9-6 win at the Mon­tague Curl­ing Rink.

It was the open­ing game for this year’s new-look Birt rink, which in­cludes third stone Robyn Green, se­cond stone Meaghan Hughes and lead Marie Chris­tian­son, at the 2016 P.E.I. Scot­ties Tour­na­ment of Hearts pro­vin­cial women’s curl­ing cham­pi­onship.

Jack­son, who dou­bled Sarah Fuller­ton of the Char­lot­te­town Curl­ing Com­plex 10-5 in Fri­day morn­ing’s open­ing draw, fell to 1-1.

In the other Draw 1 game, Tammy De­war of the host Mon­tague club counted a deuce in the 10th end with las­trock ad­van­tage to edge Shelly Bradley 7-6 of Char­lot­te­town.

De­war is 1-1 af­ter los­ing to Char­lot­te­town’s Kim Dolan-skipped rink of third stone Re­becca Jean MacDon­ald, se­cond stone Sinead Dolan and lead Michala Ro­bi­son 7-4 in Draw 2. A three-en­der by Dolan, who had the ham­mer, in the ninth end broke a 4-4 draw.

Three games are sched­uled for Draw 3 to­day at 9 a.m. Birt will face Dolan, Fuller­ton takes on De­war and Bradley meets Jack­son.

There are also draws sched­uled for 2 and 7 p.m. Games will also take place-Sun­day at 2 and 7 p.m.

The six teams are play­ing a mod­i­fied triple-knock­out for­mat, with the win­ning rink rep­re­sent­ing P.E.I. at the na­tional Scot­ties Tour­na­ment of Hearts in Grande Prairie, Alta., from Feb. 20 to 28.

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