SUMMERSIDE – It was an all-P.E.I. women’s final in the 11th annual Fall Fling Maritime junior cashspiel on Sunday afternoon.
The Annika Kelly rink, including Cynthia Pearson, Tati Kelly, Meghan Ching and coach Mitch O’Shea, defeated the Lauren Ferguson squad 9-0 in a battle of Charlottetown Curling Complex entries in the women’s final.
An extra end was needed to decide the men’s final as Michael Donovan from Curl Moncton counted a single point with the hammer in the extra end to outscore Ryan Abraham of the Mayflower Curling Club in Halifax 10-9.
A total of 24 teams – 12 men and 12 women – from P.E.I., Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia competed in the three-day event at the Silver Fox Entertainment Complex.
In the women’s final, Kelly stole all nine points – one in the second end, two in the fourth, one in the fifth end and five in the sixth.
Other members of the David Murphy-coached Ferguson rink are Katie Shaw, Lexie Murray, Alexis Burris and spare Amy Spence.
In Sunday morning’s semifinals, Ferguson outlasted Kaylee Nodding of the Bridgewater Curling Club 8-6 while Kelly registered an 8-5 decision over Brianne Batherson.
Both P.E.I. rinks completed round-robin play 3-2 (won-lost).
In the men’s final, Donovan stole five in the fifth end to open up a seemingly comfortable 8-3 lead. However, Abraham took advantage of the hammer to count deuces in the sixth and eighth ends, and stole singles in the ninth and 10th ends to force an extra end.
Summerside native Daryell Nowlan coaches the Donovan team, which also includes his sons, Joshua and Jacob Nowlan. Donavan Lanteigne and Matt Magee round out Team Donovan.
Abraham’s teammates are Brooks Roche of Montague, Jake Flemming and Thomas Mosher. Paul Flemming coaches the Abraham rink.
In the men’s semifnals, Abraham used last-rock advantage to score the deciding point in the 10th end in a 6-5 decision over Liam Marin of TSA Curling, and Donovan counted four deuces in a 10-6 victory over Alex MacFadyen from the host Silver Fox.
Fall Fling prize money:
Winning rinks – $700.
Runner-up rinks – $350.
Semifinalists – $150.