The Kim Dolan rink from the Charlottetown Curling Complex won the P.E.I. Scotties Tournament of Hearts on home ice Sunday. From left are alternate Jackie Reid, lead Michala Robison, second Sinead Dolan, third Rebecca Jean MacDonald, Dolan.
It took an extra end, but the Kim Dolan rink is the provincial champion.
The squad defeated the Kathy O’Rourke team 6-4 Sunday in the P.E.I. Scotties Tournament of Hearts final. Both rinks play out of the Charlottetown Curling Complex.
“I’m pretty ecstatic,” Dolan said after the contest. “I have a great group of girls, my daughter being one of them. I feel very fortunate I can go to another nationals with her.”
Dolan’s first shot in the extra end narrowly squeezed by a guard to sit two in front of a standing room only crowd at the Charlottetown Curling Complex.
Robyn Green was throwing skip rocks for the O’Rourke rink. Her last shot was heavy and went through the house, clinching the victory for the Dolan foursome.
“You always feel for (the skip) when that shot is not made,” Dolan said.
The game was a defensive battle early on with the game scoreless through five ends.
“We didn’t have that many rocks in play in the first five ends. I think that there was a little bit of tentativeness on both sides,” Dolan suggested. “Everybody is looking for that deuce. Until you’re set up to get that deuce, then you’re blanking.”
Deuces were wild for Team Dolan on Sunday, scoring two in seventh, ninth and 11th ends while giving up singles in the sixth and eighth. Green’s final rock of the 10th was a hit for two that forced the extra end.
Dolan’s rink had to quickly regroup mentally and prepare for the 11th end.
“The rule of thumb is you’re playing just like you would be playing the 10th with hammer,” Dolan said. “You kind of block (out) that you’re actually into an extra end.”
The Dolan rink includes third Rebecca Jean MacDonald, second Sinead Dolan, lead Michala Robison and alternate Jackie Reid. They will represent P.E.I. at the nationals in Montreal from Feb. 1 to 9.
Dolan has been to nine nationals and skipped at six Canadian championships (2012, 1992, 1990, 1987, 1985 and 1983). She has never played a national in Montreal. Her best finish was in 1995 with MacDonald skipping they finished fourth.
O’Rourke advanced to the final after going undefeated in round-robin play. Dolan was 2-2 and defeated Shirley Berry 8-4 in nine ends in Saturday night’s semifinal.
While it was not immediately known Sunday when the last time an extra end was needed to decide a provincial Scotties, some around the curling complex believed it may have been in 2000. That year Shelly Bradley edged Tammi Lowther 10-8 in Alberton.
Four teams competed in the inaugural Future Scotties developmental event.
It was for junior-aged curlers, who may one day compete in the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.
In Sunday’s final draw, Meghan Ching beat Emily Keen 8-3 in a battle between Cornwall teams, while Kaleigh MacKay and her Montague/Crapaud team edged Lauren Moerike and her host club team 9-8 in an extra end.
Dolan said it was great to have the next generation playing at the same venue as the women’s championship. She was impressed with what she saw.
“We have some talent and I hope they stay with it,” she said.
2014 – Kim Dolan
2013 – Suzanne Birt
2012 – Kim Dolan
2011 – Suzanne Birt
2010 – Kathy O’Rourke
2009 – Robyn MacPhee
2008 – Suzanne Gaudet
2007 – Suzanne Gaudet
2006 – Suzanne Gaudet
2005 – Rebecca Jean MacPhee
2004 – Suzanne Gaudet
2003 – Suzanne Gaudet
2002 – Kathy O’Rourke
2001 – Shelly Bradley
2000 – Shelly Bradley
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