PEI rinks sweep Stick Curling Championship finals
It was a clean sweep for PEI rinks in the final draw of the Canadian Stick Curling Championship at the Cornwall Curling Club, with host club rinks winning the Open and Women’s championship games, and the Open division Consolation final, and a Montague team taking the Bronze Medal game.
The Open Division (any combination of men and women) was won by the Paul Field/Roddie MacLean duo from Cornwall, who knocked off the defending champion Earl Stephenson/Warren Johnson twosome from Winnipeg by a 6-2 score.
Photo (L-R): Roddie MacLean, Paul Field
Photo (L-R): MacLean and Field with event organizer Shirley Lank
Photo (L-R): Earl Stephenson, Bob Leard of Stick Curling PEI and sponsor “Bob’s Stick”, Warren Johnson
The Open Division Bronze Medal game was won by Montague’s Floyd Stewart/Gordon MacDonald team, who beat the Carson and Miranne Shultz rink from Didsbury Alberta 6-5 in an extra end.
Photo (L-R): Floyd Stewart, Bob Leard (Stick Curling PEI outgoing President, and owner of sponsor Bob’s Stick), Gordon MacDonald
The Field/MacLean duo was also presented with crests in honour of scoring a “six-ender” during the event (equivalent to an “eight ender” in regular curling), by Bob Leard, owner of “Bob’s Stick”
Photo (L-R): Bob Leard, Roddie MacLean, Paul Field
The Open Division Consolation round was won by the Cornwall team of Vern Chowan and Grant Leard, who stole the last end to beat the Garth Stone and Ted Simonson team from Manitoba 4-3.
Photo (L-R): Vern Chowan, Grant Leard
The women’s event, new this year, was won by the hometown team of Ruth Stavert and Eileen Blanchard, who beat the Jean Marie Denning/Alye Lou McCarthy duo from Fredericton NB, coming from behind with a four point fifth end and a steal of one in the sixth for a 6-5 victory in the final.
Photo (L-R): Ruth Stavert, Bob Leard of Stick Curling PEI and Bob’s Stick, Eileen Blanchard
Photo: Denning and McCarthy with Bob Leard (centre), outgoing Stick Curling PEI President, and owner of “Bob’s Stick”
40 Open division and 10 Women’s division teams took part in the 9th annual Stick Curling Championship- this is the first time the event was held east of Winnipeg.
Next year’s championship will be held in St. Albert AB.
Click for photos from the final three draws and awards presentations
Cornwall Curling Club hosting Canadian Open 2 Person Stick Curling Championship
Prince Edward Island's Cornwall Curling Club, located in the Town of Cornwall, is the site of the 2013 Canadian Open 2 Person Stick Curling Championship, which takes place April 1-4. The ninth annual Championship, the first to be held east of Winnipeg, gets underway Monday April 1 2013 and wraps up on Thursday the 4th, with the Charlottetown Curling Complex serving as a second venue on Tuesday. The championship reserves spots for provincial champions, and also allows open entries. There are 40 teams from six provinces, including 17 PEI rinks, competing in the Open division, which includes any combination of male and female curlers, and ten rinks, from the three Maritime provinces, taking part in the Women’s division, which is new this year. The 2012 Canadian Open Division champions, the duo of Warren Johnson and Earl Stephenson from the St. Vital Curling Club in Winnipeg, are in the event, looking to defend their title.
Also entered in the Open division are the team of John Vincent and Walter Callaghan from the Western Community Curling Club in Alberton, who won their fourth PEI title this year. The duo of Ruth Stavert and Gloria Clarke from the host Cornwall club, who recently won their fourth consecutive PEI women’s Stick championship, followed by the Maritime Stick Championship title, are among the Women’s division entries.
In Stick Curling there are two curlers per team, who deliver their rocks with delivery sticks, with each team member delivering from opposite ends of the ice sheet. Sweeping is allowed only from the hog line to the back of the house at the playing end. Two curlers, one from each team, alternately deliver 6 stones each per end, while their teammate skips that end. The roles are then reversed, and the partners deliver the stones back. No stone may be removed from play until the fourth stone of each end. Games are six ends and take about an hour to play. For more information on Stick Curling, including complete rules of play, visit www.stickcurling.ca.
There are forty draws in the event, running from 8 am until approximately 6 pm Monday through Wednesday, and wrapping up with the Open and Women’s finals, and the Open Consolation final and Bronze medal game, all Thursday at 3:15 pm. On Tuesday the Charlottetown Curling Complex will be used in addition to Cornwall, with games running at the same times at both venues.
The Open division plays a triple knockout format, qualifying eight teams for a championship round, which begins with the quarter-finals Thursday morning at 10:30. The semis go at 11:30, with the winners advancing to the final, and the losers playing in the Bronze medal game at the same time There is also a consolation round for the losers of qualifying games 5 through 8.
The Women’s division features a two pool round robin, with the second and third place teams from opposite pools squaring off Wednesday at 3:15 pm, and the winners facing the 1st place teams in the semi-finals on Thursday at 1:15, with the winners of these games advancing to the final.
For more information on the event, contact Shirley Lank at (902) 621-0258 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two Person Stick Curling is relatively new sport which provides challenge and excitement for people of all ages on an equal and competitive basis, and in a social atmosphere. Stick Curling is also appropriate for people with physical disabilities such as knee, back, heart, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, ankle, or foot problems. The rocks are delivered with a curling stick from a standing or sitting position (i.e. wheelchairs) enabling everyone to participate competitively.
Photos from opening day. Day One wrapup story. Six-ender photo. Photos from day two. Banquet photos. Day two men's wrapup story. Day two women's wrapup story. Day three wrapup story. Day four final draws and presentations.