P.E.I. Tankard provincial men’s curling championship being held in Charlottetown
CHARLOTTETOWN – The B final of the modified-triple knockout P.E.I. Tankard provincial men’s curling championship is set.
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Jamie Newson, front, and Adam Casey will meet in the B section final of the 2016 P.E.I. Tankard provincial men’s curling championship in Charlottetown on Sunday.
The matchup will feature the same teams that met in the A final – the Adam Casey rink from the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club in Summerside and the host Charlottetown Curling Complex, and the Jamie Newson team from Charlottetown.
In the B semifinals Saturday evening, Casey took only three ends to beat the Tyler Harris foursome from the Charlottetown and Montague clubs 7-1. Casey took a single with last-rock advantage in the first end, but a five-point second end and a stolen deuce in the third brought the game to early handshakes.
The other B semi, between Charlottetown’s Robert Campbell and Newson rink was a close see-saw battle. Campbell scored a triple in the first end, and Newson counted a pair of deuces to grab the lead.
The teams then exchanged doubles and singles, with Campbell taking a single to tie the game at 7-7 after eight ends.
Newson blanked the ninth to have last-rock advantage coming home. Campbell’s fourth rock thrower, Tyler MacKenzie, made an angle tap on one of his rocks to count one with his final rock, but Newson found a way to pick it out for an 8-7 win and a trip to the B final on Sunday at 11 a.m.
If Casey, who counted a six-ender in an 11-3 win over Newson in the A section final Saturday afternoon, wins the B section, he’ll have a big advantage in the championship round on Monday and Tuesday. By winning two sections, he will have a “double life” in the championship round, taking the title if he wins either game while his opponent would have to win both.
If Casey were to win all three sections of the six-team event, he would repeat as champion without a championship round.
The C semifinals go Sunday at 4 p.m., with the C finals Monday at 1 p.m. The championship round is scheduled for Monday at 6 p.m., and Tuesday at 4 p.m.
The winning Tankard team will advance to the Tim Hortons Brier at TD Place in Ottawa, Ont., from March 5 to 13.
The three game Future Tankard developmental event for male curlers under age 21 is tied at a game apiece. The two entries, skipped by brothers Devin and Mitchell Schut, each picked up a win.
The younger Mitchell Schut won the first game 7-6, but lost the second 8-5. In that game, Devin was ahead 4-0 after two, but Mitchell tied it up after five. The teams exchanged singles to tie the game 5-5, with Devin having last-end hammer. Devin capitalized on a missed hit by Mitchell, to score three in the final end for the 8-5 win.
Their last game goes Sunday at 4 p.m.
Live results for both the Tankard and Future Tankard available at PEICurling.com