Birt rallies late

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P.E.I. Scotties Tournament of Hearts underway in Montague

MONTAGUE – Defending-champion Suzanne Birt needed a late rally on Friday afternoon.

Summerside native Suzanne Birt makes a shot during action at the Sobeys Classic cashspiel in New Glasgow, N.S.

The Summerside native and her Charlottetown Curling Complex rink trailed clubmate Lisa Jackson 6-5 after eight ends, but counted four with the hammer in the ninth end en route to a 9-6 win at the Montague Curling Rink.

It was the opening game for this year’s new-look Birt rink, which includes third stone Robyn Green, second stone Meaghan Hughes and lead Marie Christianson, at the 2016 P.E.I. Scotties Tournament of Hearts provincial women’s curling championship.

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Jackson, who doubled Sarah Fullerton of the Charlottetown Curling Complex 10-5 in Friday morning’s opening draw, fell to 1-1 (won-lost).

In the other Draw 1 game, Tammy Dewar of the host Montague club counted a deuce in the 10th end with last-rock advantage to edge Shelly Bradley 7-6 of Charlottetown.

Dewar is 1-1 after losing to Charlottetown’s Kim Dolan-skipped rink of third stone Rebecca Jean MacDonald, second stone Sinead Dolan and lead Michala Robison 7-4 in Draw 2. A three-ender by Dolan, who had the hammer, in the ninth end broke a 4-4 tie.



Three games are scheduled for Draw 3 on Saturday at 9 a.m. Birt will face Dolan, Fullerton takes on Dewar and Bradley meets Jackson.

There are also draws scheduled for 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday. Sunday, games will also take place at 2 and 7 p.m.

The six teams are playing a modified triple-knockout format, with the winning rink representing P.E.I. at the national Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Grande Prairie, Alta., from Feb. 20 to 28.

Geographic location: Montague, Summerside, Charlottetown Grande Prairie

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