Casey, Newson win openers
P.E.I. Tankard underway at the Charlottetown Curling Complex
Defending-champion Adam Casey is off to a winning start in the P.E.I. Tankard provincial men’s curling championship at the Charlottetown Curling Complex.
Casey, who curls with third David Mathers, second Anson Carmody and lead Robbie Doherty out of the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club in Summerside and the host club, scored three in the first end and never trailed en route to a 6-3 victory over Charlottetown’s Robert Campbell on Friday night.
In the other night draw on opening day, Jamie Newson’s Charlottetown rink scored back-to-back deuces in the fifth and sixth ends and stole three points in a 7-3 win over Tyler Harris from Charlottetown and Montague.
In Friday afternoon’s opening draw, Harris scored four in the second end, took a 5-3 lead into the fifth-end break and defeated Eddie MacKenzie 10-4 from the host club.
Campbell saw a 6-0 lead disappear only to score a single in the 11th to defeat Tyler Smith 7-6.
Campbell opened the scoring with a deuce in the second before stealing a single in the third, a deuce in the fourth and one more in the fifth to take a 6-0 lead.
Smith responded with two in the sixth before stealing singles the next four ends to force an extra end.
Saturday’s 1 p.m. draw sees Casey face Newson in the A event of the modified, tripleknockout competition in a rematch of last year’s final.
Campbell plays MacKenzie and Smith meets Harris in the other 1 p.m. games.
There is also a 6 p.m. draw as well as draws Sunday at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.