Ti­tle time

Dolan, Birt meet for third time in three days this morn­ing with berth at na­tion­als on the line

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Teams skipped by Kim Dolan and Suzanne Birt meet in to­day’s P.E.I. Scot­ties Tour­na­ment of Hearts fi­nal at 10 a.m. at the Mon­tague Curl­ing Rink.

The Char­lot­te­town Curl­ing Com­plex rinks met in the A and B fi­nal of the mod­i­fied triple-knock­out cham­pi­onship with Birt win­ning 8-5 and 10-4. Lisa Jack­son handed the Birt team their first loss (8-5) in the C semi­fi­nal Sun­day af­ter­noon and Dolan de­feated Jack­son 75 in Sun­day night’s C fi­nal.

“I think they’re a great team and I think I have a great team,” Dolan said Sun­day night. “Two teams are go­ing to mix it up for the third time and we’ll see what hap­pens.”

If Birt’s team wins the 10 a.m. draw they will be de­clared cham­pi­ons, while a loss would force a 3 p.m. win­ner-take-all con­test.

“It’s ba­si­cally one game at a time and one end at a time,” Dolan said. “You have to play right in the mo­ment.”

That knowl­edge paid div­i­dends in Sun­day night’s fi­nal af­ter fall­ing be­hind 3-0 af­ter the first end.

“We got off to a lit­tle bit of a rocky start there and we just had to put our heads down, dig deep and go and play like we know we can,” Dolan said. “That’s ex­actly what hap­pened.”

They had a chance for a dou­ble in the se­cond but Dolan was heavy and they only scored one. With a lot of rocks in play in the third, Jack­son missed a shot and Dolan scored a deuce to tie it. Dolan stole a sin­gle in the fourth to go up 4-3.

The teams traded sin­gles the next two ends be­fore Jack­son tied it with a sin­gle in the eighth. Dolan scored a deuce in the ninth to win it.

To­day’s win­ner will rep­re­sent Prince Ed­ward Is­land at the na­tional Scot­ties Tour­na­ment of Hearts Feb. 20 to 28 in Grande Prairie, Alta.

Dolan’s team in­cludes third Re­becca Jean MacDon­ald, se­cond Sinead Dolan, lead Michala Ro­bi­son and al­ter­nate Jackie Reid.

Birt’s rink is com­prised of third Robyn Green, se­cond Meaghan Hughes, lead Marie Chris­tian­son and coach Danny Chris­tian­son.

Dolan has won nine pro­vin­cial Scot­ties, in­clud­ing three as third for teams skipped by MacDon­ald. Birt has skipped seven teams to the ti­tle.

JA­SON MAL­LOY/THE GUARDIAN

Skip Kim Dolan re­leases a shot as se­cond Sinead Dolan pre­pares to sweep Sun­day at the P.E.I. Scot­ties Tour­na­ment of Hearts in Mon­tague.

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