Top women’s curling teams coming to Swift Current
The Credit Union iPlex will feature a number of Saskatchewan’s top women’s curling teams at the Swift Current Herbal Magic Cash Spiel on Nov. 26-28.
The Swift Current Curling Club will host the fourth of five events during the 2010-2011 Saskatchewan Women’s Curling Tour. The top rinks from the Curling Tour qualify for the 20102011 SaskPower Scotties Tournament of Hearts without having to advance through the Southern or Northern playdowns.
Heading the field of competitors is six-time Provincial Scotties champion Michelle Englot (2008, 2001, 1992, 1990, 1989, 1988) from Regina’s Tartan Curling Club.
A trio of defending provincial champions will also be on the ice during the weekend. The reigning Senior Women’s Provincial Champion Susan Lang rink from Regina will be in the field of competitors. Also on Swift Current ice will be Trish Paulsen, the reigning Provincial Junior Women’s Champions from the Saskatoon’s Nutana Curling Club. The third title holding rink is Regina’s Brooklyn Lemon, the reigning CIS University National Champion. The Lemon rink, who were also 2009 Provincial Junior Women’s Champions, have qualified for the 2011 World Winter University Games in Urzurum Turkey and 2009 Provincial Junior Women’s Champion.
Mandy Selzer, the 2006 Canadian and World Junior Champion, is among the bonspiel favourites because of their quick start to 2010. The foursome from the Balgonie Curling Club has been a playoff qualifier at three tour events this year, placing as a semi-finalist in Prince Albert and Moose Jaw, and advancing to the championship final at an event in Regina.
Cindy Ricci from the Lampman Curling Club is also another notable rink in the field of competitors. Earlier this year they won the Casino Moose Jaw Cash Spiel with a win over Lemon. Cindy Ricci (Street) won the 1996 Provincial Junior Women’s Championship.
She bolstered her rink by adding Jolene Campbell at third. Campbell won the 2009 Herbal Magic Cash Spiel.
Also expected to be a factor will be the Chantelle Eberle rink from the Tartan Curling Club in Regina. On the Sask tour they have placed as a semi-finalist in Prince Albert and a quarter finalist in Regina. They are also currently 26th in the Asham World Curling Tour women’s money list.
Other rinks in the field of competitors are: Kelsey Dutton - Nutana Curling Club, Saskatoon; Shalon Fleming - Highland Curling Club Regina; Heather Burnett - Martensville Curling Club; Patricia Yeske - Hillcrest Curling Club in Moose Jaw.
The modified triple knock out event gets underway with the opening draw on Friday evening, with the championship final on Sunday afternoon.