P.E.I.’s Suzanne Birt will begin play in the championship round of the 2019 Scotties Tournament of Hearts on Thursday.
Birt completed round-robin play 5-2 (won-lost) after losing 7-3 to Saskatchewan’s Robyn Silvernagle on Wednesday night. The top four teams from each eight-team pool advanced to the championship round of the Canadian women's curling championship, and Birt’s Charlottetown Curling Complex rink was third in Pool B.
Birt, third stone Marie Christianson, second stone Meaghan Hughes and lead Michelle McQuaid will play twice in the championship round on Thursday. They will take on the winner of a morning tiebreaker between Manitoba’s Tracy Fleury (4-3) and British Columbia’s Sarah Wark (4-3) at 2:30 p.m. Then in the 7:30 p.m. draw, P.E.I. will face Alberta’s Chelsea Carey (7-0).
Silvernagle took advantage of the hammer against P.E.I., scoring deuces in the third and sixth ends. With P.E.I. down 5-3 in the 10th end, Saskatchewan stole a pair to close out the scoring.
Erin Carmody of Summerside is the third stone with Nova Scotia’s Jill Brothers rink, which completed play 2-5.
Alison Griffin, who has connections to West Prince, played third stone with the Jennifer Blaney-skipped rink from Nunavut, which posted a 1-6 round-robin record.