Top women’s curl­ing teams com­ing to Swift Cur­rent

The Southwest Booster - - SPORTS -

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.

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