Tirinzoni, Sigfridsson earn byes to semifinals
SUMMERSIDE – The women’s playoffs are set at the 2014 Players’ Championship here at Eastlink Arena.
The quarter-finals, which will feature Stefanie Lawton taking on Canadian women’s champion Rachel Homan and Olympic gold-medallist Jennifer Jones meeting Scotland’s Eve Muirhead, will be played at Eastlink Arena on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Silvana Tirinzoni of Switzerland and Margaretha Sigfridsson of Sweden had identical round-robin records of 4-1 to earn byes to the semifinals on Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
“It’s not a huge difference (getting the bye or having to play in the quarter-finals),” said Sigfridsson. “It’s also good for the teams who play the quarter-finals to play one more game on the ice. But it’s nice to be in the semifinals.”
Sigfridsson will meet the winner of Jones-Muirhead while Tirinzoni will take on the Homan-Lawton winner.
“If we play like we can, we have a good chance to win for sure,” said Tirinzoni. “It doesn’t matter what team we face, we are just going to focus on our performance.”
Muirhead also finished the round robin 4-1 while Jones, Lawton and Homan were 3-2.
Also Friday morning, Homan outscored Michele Jaggi 7-5, Sherry Middaugh (2-3) trimmed Jones 7-1 and Heather Nedohin (2-3) knocked Muirhead from the undefeated ranks with an 8-6 decision.
Lawton, who won the 2012 Players’ Championship in Summerside, defeated Crystal Webster 5-3 in Friday’s 1 p.m. draw to determine the final playoff berth. Webster finished 2-3.
“We came out playing strong,” said Lawton. “The first end was a very clean end, and the second end we kind of went after them a little bit, and we were able to get a steal of two (after the first end was blanked).
“Crystal had a tough shot to count one, and we managed to get away with a steal. We took that momentum and carried it through the rest of the game.”
Lawton agreed the early steal was a key point in the game.
“In an eight-end game, getting a deuce, or even a steal early, sets the momentum and sometimes it’s hard to come back from that in a shorter game,” added Lawton, who defeated Homan 7-2 on Thursday night.
“We are expecting a really good game (against Homan),” said Lawton. “They don’t like getting kicked, I know that. Just being a competitor myself, it’s not fun and you definitely come out firing after that.
“We’ll be ready to play a similar type of game as we did against them (Thursday). . . Our team is back to the way we like to play, just having a lot of fun out there.”
Sigfridsson prevailed 6-5 over Tirinzoni on Friday morning to secure a top-two position. Tirinzoni clinched a semifinal berth on Thursday night.
“We are really happy about that,” said Tirinzoni. “To start 4-0 and we had a great game against Sigfridsson, we are really looking forward to playing the semis.”
The women’s final will be played Sunday at 11 a.m.