Masters championships start today at Crapaud Community Curling Club

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It's go time for the Island's most experienced curlers as the Curl P.E.I. masters curling championships start today at the Crapaud Community Curling Club.

The opening draw begins at 10 a.m., second draw goes at 2 p.m.

The championships divided into men's and women's divisions, showcase the best 60-and-older curlers vying for the provincial title.

Winners and runners-up advance to the Maritime masters curling championships in Saint John, N.B., in March.

The defending men's champion is the Mel Bernard rink from the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club in Summerside. The Bernard rink returns except for Bernard as Ted MacFadyen has taken over as skip.

The Clair Sweet team from the Maple Leaf Curling Club in O'Leary, last year's runner-up, returns intact.

Other entries in the seven-team men's field are skipped by Paul Arsenault from Cornwall, Blair Jay and Louis Walsh from Silver Fox, Craig Mackie from Charlottetown and Dario Zannier from Crapaud.

The Shirley Berry foursome from the Cornwall Curling Club and the Charlottetown Curling Complex were last year's women's winner.

Berry is skipping a new team of Val MacLean, Linda Fairhurst and Hanny MacLeod, while the other members of last year's squad, third Shelley Ebbett and lead Arleen Harris, are now skipped by Sandy Hope. Debbie Rhondenhizer is the second.

A team skipped by Myrna Sanderson rounds out the all-Cornwall women's field.

The men's division plays a modified triple-knockout format, while the women play a double round robin.

The women's final between the top two teams from the round robin is Sunday at 2 p.m., if no tiebreaker is needed, or Monday at 10 a.m. if there is a tiebreaker.

If a team wins all three sections of the men's draw, there will be no championship round.

If not, the championship round between the section winners is Monday at 10 a.m. and, if needed, at 2 p.m.

The winning rinks can enter the Kings County Canadian masters championships in Wolfville and Kentville, N.S., in April.

End by end results at www.peicurling.com.

Organizations: Crapaud Community Curling Club, Silver Fox, Maple Leaf Curling Club Cornwall Curling Club

Geographic location: Cornwall, Saint John, Summerside O'Leary Charlottetown Kings Wolfville Kentville

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