Mas­ter­ing the ice

Cra­paud club host­ing pro­vin­cial masters cham­pi­onships be­gin­ning to­day

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

It’s go time for the Is­land’s most ex­pe­ri­enced curlers as the Curl P.E.I. masters curl­ing cham­pi­onships start to­day at the Cra­paud Com­mu­nity Curl­ing Club.

The open­ing draw be­gins at 10 a.m., se­cond draw goes at 2 p.m.

The cham­pi­onships di­vided into men’s and women’s divi­sions, show­case the best 60-an­dolder curlers vy­ing for the pro­vin­cial ti­tle.

Win­ners and run­ners-up ad­vance to the Mar­itime masters curl­ing cham­pi­onships in Saint John, N.B., in March.

The de­fend­ing men’s cham­pion is the Mel Bernard rink from the Sil­ver Fox Curl­ing and Yacht Club in Sum­mer­side. The Bernard rink re­turns ex­cept for Bernard as Ted MacFadyen has taken over as skip.

The Clair Sweet team from the Maple Leaf Curl­ing Club in O’Leary, last year’s run­ner-up, re­turns in­tact.

Other en­tries in the sev­en­team men’s field are skipped by Paul Arse­nault from Corn­wall, Blair Jay and Louis Walsh from Sil­ver Fox, Craig Mackie from Char­lot­te­town and Dario Zan­nier from Cra­paud.

The Shirley Berry four­some from the Corn­wall Curl­ing Club and the Char­lot­te­town Curl­ing Com­plex were women’s win­ner.

Berry is skip­ping a new team of Val Ma­cLean, Linda Fairhurst and Hanny MacLeod, while the other mem­bers of last year’s squad, third Shel­ley Eb­bett and lead Ar­leen Har­ris, are now skipped by Sandy Hope. Deb­bie Rhon­den­hizer is the se­cond.

A team skipped by Myrna San­der­son rounds out the al­lCorn­wall women’s field.

The men’s divi­sion plays a mod­i­fied triple-knock­out for­mat, while the women play a dou­ble round robin.

The women’s fi­nal be­tween the top two teams from the round robin is Sun­day at 2 p.m., if no tiebreaker is needed, or Mon­day at 10 a.m. if there is a tiebreaker.

If a team wins all three sec­tions of the men’s draw, there will be no cham­pi­onship round.

If not, the cham­pi­onship round be­tween the sec­tion win­ners is Mon­day at 10 a.m. and, if needed, at 2 p.m.

The win­ning rinks can en­ter the Kings County Cana­dian masters cham­pi­onships in Wolfville and Kentville, N.S., in April.

End-by-end re­sults www.pe­i­curl­ing.com.

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