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From left to right, lead stone David Murphy, skip Bill Hope, third Craig Mackie and second Peter Murdoch display their trophy after winning the  P.E.I. senior men’s curling championship Monday in Crapaud.
From left to right, lead stone David Murphy, skip Bill Hope, third Craig Mackie and second Peter Murdoch display their trophy after winning the P.E.I. senior men’s curling championship Monday in Crapaud. - Submitted

Hope rink wins senior men's curling title and advance to nationals

CRAPAUD – The Bill Hope rink from the Cornwall Curling Club is the new P.E.I. senior men’s (aged 50-plus) curling champions.

Hope, third stone Craig Mackie, second stone Peter Murdoch and lead David Murphy defeated the defending-champion Philip Gorveatt rink 7-4 at the Crapaud Community Curling Club on Monday morning.

The Hope foursome had won two sections of the modified triple-knockout draw, giving them a “double life” in the two-game championship draw. However, with Hope winning the first one, the sudden-death game was not required.

Rounding out the Gorveatt rink are third stone Kevin Champion, second stone Mike Dillon and lead Mark Victor. 

The Hope team, which also advanced to the finals in the masters (aged 60-plus) championships this year, had a 5-1 (won-lost) record in this event, losing only to Gorveatt. The foursome advance to the 2018 Everest Canadian senior men’s and women’s curling championships in Stratford, Ont., from March 24 to 29.

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