P.E.I. sweeps Maritime masters curling titles

Hopes skip winning rinks

Published on March 23, 2017

The Sandy Hope rink from the Cornwall Curling Club won the women’s title at the 2017 Maritime masters curling championships in Summerside recently. From right: Carl Delaney, event chairman; Debbie Rhodenhizer, second stone; Arleen Harris, lead; Nancy MacFadyen, spare skip, and Cindy Nicholson, spare third stone. Missing from photo are Sandy Hope, skip, and Shelley Ebbett, third stone.

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SUMMERSIDE – Two P.E.I. teams claimed titles at the 2017 Maritime masters curling championships recently.

Carl Delaney, right, chairman of the 2017 Maritime masters curling championships at the Silver Fox in Summerside recently, congratulates members of the winning men’s rink. From second right: Craig Mackie, third stone; Bill Hope, skip; David Murphy, second stone, and Bill Doherty, lead.
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EThe Bill Hope team from the Charlottetown and Cornwall clubs emerged victorious on the men’s side. Hope, third stone Craig Mackie, second stone David Murphy and lead Bill Doherty will represent P.E.I. at the Canadian masters championships in Guelph, Ont., from April 3 to 9, after posting a 4-1 (won-lost) record in the round-robin format.
Lou Nowlan’s rink from the host Silver Fox in Summerside finished in the runner-up position at 3-2. Nowlan’s teammates were third stone Blair Jay, second stone Earle Proude and lead Alan Montgomery.

In women’s play, Sandy Hope, who is married to Bill Hope, skipped her Cornwall Curling Club rink to the Maritime championship and will also compete in the upcoming national masters championships in Guelph.
The Hope rink and Monique Taylor’s rink from Curl Moncton and the Sackville, N.B. Curling Club completed play with identical 4-1 marks. However, Hope was awarded first place based on a head-to-head win over Taylor in the round robin.
Hope and third stone Shelley Ebbett missed the last two games as they were travelling to Fredericton, N.B., to join the P.E.I. women’s team at the Canadian senior championships. Nancy MacFadyen and Cindy Nicholson replaced Hope and Ebbett for the final two games.
Other members of the Hope rink are second stone Debbie Rhodenhizer and lead Arlene Harris.
Taylor’s New Brunswick One team also included third stone Anna Action, second stone Shirley Henry and lead Gloria Turner.
In Taylor’s final game of the round robin against Nova Scotia One, Taylor threw a triple takeout with her hammer shot to count three and overcome a two-point deficit to win the game.
The masters’ championships, featuring curlers aged 60-plus, attracted two men’s and two women’s teams from P.E.I., New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.