MONTAGUE, P.E.I. —

The provincial males’s and ladies’s curling championships start as of late on the Montague Curling Rink.

5 groups are taking part in within the P.E.I. Scotties Event of Hearts girls’s festival whilst there are 11 contesting the Tankard males’s event.

The Suzanne Birt girls’s rink, curling out of the host Montague membership this yr, and the John Most likely males’s crew from Cornwall are again taking a look to protect their titles.

Birt, a 10-time P.E.I. Scotties champ, might be competing in opposition to the Veronica Smith and Melissa Morrow foursomes from the Silver Fox, the Amanda Energy crew from Charlottetown, with PEI junior champion skip Lauren Ferguson as an alternative, and the Tammy Dewar rink from the host membership.

Most likely’s crew this yr comprises returnee Steve Burgess, in conjunction with Ryan Abraham and Jake Flemming from Tyler Smith’s championship junior crew. They are going to be dealing with 10 different groups, together with some other Cornwall rink which contains 3 contributors of the reigning global senior males’s championship crew — Ontario’s Bryan Cochrane and P.E.I. natives Ian MacAulay and Morgan Currie, in conjunction with Mark O’Rourke. MacAulay and Currie are eligible underneath Curling Canada’s new birthright standing eligibility rule for the Brier and the Event of Hearts, whilst Cochrane will be the crew’s authorised unfastened agent.

Different groups come with the Mitchell Schut junior rink from Cornwall, who had been finalists within the fresh Pepsi Juniors, the Steve vanOuwerkerk foursome, additionally from Cornwall, the Darren Higgins and Jamie Newson rinks from the Silver Fox, Charlottetown’s Philip Gorveatt, Rod MacDonald and Eddie MacKenzie groups, and the Philip MacDonald and Keith Nabuurs foursomes from the host Montague membership.

Groups were seeded of their respective changed triple-knockout attracts in line with cashspiel winnings, with Cochrane seeded first within the Tankard, adopted by means of Newson, Higgins, vanOuwerkerk and Gorveatt, whilst Birt is most sensible Scotties seed, adopted by means of Energy.

Attracts move day by day at nine a.m. in addition to 2 and seven p.m. from the 8th in the course of the 11th, with the championship spherical (no longer wanted if a crew wins all 3 draw sections) going Sunday at nine a.m. and, if wanted, 2 p.m.

The profitable girls’s crew will advance to the Scotties Event of Hearts, Feb. 15-23, in Moose Jaw, Sask., whilst the lads’s championship crew will compete within the Tim Hortons Brier, Feb. 29-March 8, in Kingston, Ont.

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