© Guardian photo by Heather Taweel
Kathy O’Rourke calls to the sweepers during play Thursday at the P.E.I. Scotties Tournament of Hearts provincial women’s curling championship in Charlottetown.
The Kathy O’Rourke rink from the host Charlottetown Curling Complex has earned a berth in the championship game of the 2014 provincial Scotties Tournament of Hearts.
O’Rourke, a Summerside native who throws second stones and calls the game, scored four deuces en route to an 8-3 win over Shirley Berry’s foursome from the Cornwall Curling Club and Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club in Summerside in Friday night’s fifth draw.
The Peter MacDonald-coached O’Rourke rink completed round-robin play at 4-0. That secures first place and a berth in Sunday’s final to determine P.E.I.’s representative at the national Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Montreal, Que., from Feb. 1 to 9.
O’Rourke, who throws second stones, is joined by Robyn Green, who throws fourth stones; Meaghan Hughes, who throws third stones; lead Tricia Affleck, and fifth player Stefanie Clark,
Berry, who is 2-1, is alone in second place.
Friday night’s other game had Lisa Jackson score two in the 10th end to outscore defending-champion Suzanne Birt 9-7 in an all-Charlottetown match. The result left Jackson at 1-2 and Birt at 0-3. Kim Dolan (1-2) of the Charlottetown Curling Complex had the evening bye.
O’Rourke will have a bye in the final round-robin draw on Saturday at 2 p.m. Berry will take on Birt, while Dolan and Jackson will clash.
If a tiebreaker is needed it will be played tonight at 7 p.m., with the semifinal on Sunday at 2 p.m., followed by the final at 7 p.m.
If no tiebreaker is required, the semifinal will go tonight at 7 p.m., and the final will take place on Sunday at 2 p.m.
In Friday afternoon’s action, O’Rourke scored three in the seventh end to close out the scoring in a 7-1 win over Jackson while Dolan stole a single point in the seventh and three more in the eighth to build an 8-4 lead en route to handing Birt an 8-6 loss.
Ching, Keen rinks pick up victories at Future Scotties
The Meghan Ching and Emily Keen teams from the Cornwall Curling Club picked up wins in the inaugural Future Scotties event Friday morning in Charlottetown.
It is being held in conjunction with the Scotties Tournament of Hearts provincial women’s curling championship. Four teams are entered in this developmental event for junior curlers, who may one day go on to compete in the Scotties.
Ching scored four points in the fourth end in her game against Charlottetown’s Lauren Moerike, and followed with a stolen deuce and triple. The game ended early with an 11-2 final score.
The Keen rink’s game was closer — 5-3 over Kaleigh MacKay and her Montague/Crapaud team.
Keen’s Cornwall foursome stole a single in the fourth, and did not have to throw its final rock in the eighth end.
The junior curlers play two more draws — today and Sunday at 10 a.m.