Playoffs set at senior curling championships

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CORNWALL – The players for the championship round have now been determined at the Credit Unions of P.E.I. provincial senior men’s and women’s curling championships at the Cornwall Curling Club.

The semifinals are set for Sunday at 2:30 p.m., and the finals go Sunday at 7 p.m. There are no tiebreakers required.

The men’s semifinal will feature second-place Bill Hope and his Cornwall/Silver Fox team take on six-time senior champ Ted MacFadyen and his rink from the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club in Summerside. MacFadyen grabbed the third and final spot in the round robin with an 8-3 win over Charlottetown’s Blair Weeks foursome on Saturday evening, stealing two deuces on the way to the win.

Hope, who won the event in 2011, and was runner-up last year, finished round-robin play Saturday afternoon with a 4-1 record while MacFadyen went 3-2 to wrap up third place.

Finishing out of the playoffs are the rinks skipped by Leo Stewart of Summerside (2-3), Weeks (1-4) and Blair Jay of the Silver Fox, who lost 8-3 Stewart in Saturday evening’s other match, to finish at 0-5.

The winner of the semifinal will face the defending champion Rod MacDonald (5-0) rink. MacDonald capped a perfect record by handing the Hope team its first loss on Saturday afternoon by a 9-2 score after picking up a triple in the sixth end, and four points in the seventh.

The three teams for the women’s playoff round were set following their final round-robin draw Saturday afternoon. The Shirley Berry rink from the host Cornwall club and the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club finished the round robin at 4-0, and was awarded  first place and a bye to the final.

The Jennifer Scott rink from Montague and the Karen Currie team from the host Cornwall club both finished at 2-2, and have advanced to the semifinal between the second- and third-place teams.

Scott was awarded second place by virtue of an 8-7 extra-end win over Currie on Saturday morning.

In Saturday afternoon’s draw, Berry beat Cornwall clubmate Carol Kennedy 7-4 while Currie beat Montague’s Kathy Clarey  5-2. Both Clarey and Kennedy finished play with 1-3 records.

Organizations: Silver Fox, Credit Unions, Cornwall Curling Club

Geographic location: Summerside, P.E.I., Charlottetown

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