Sis­ter duo to com­pete at Curl­ing Na­tion­als

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Terri Hux­ley The Drumheller Mail sub­mit­ted

Sis­ters Katie and Shelby Prim­rose of Rum­sey are off to the Cana­dian Col­le­giate Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion (CCAA) Curl­ing Na­tional Cham­pi­onships in Le­duc from Satur­day, March 24 to Wed­nes­day, March 28.

Both are cur­rent stu­dents at Red Deer Col­lege (RDC). Katie is work­ing to­wards her Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence in Agri­cul­ture and plays as lead for the curl­ing team. Shelby on the other hand is in her first year of Busi­ness and plays se­cond.

The women’s team played in Provin­cials where the top three teams move on to the Na­tional Cham­pi­onships.

They started out strong win­ning all three of their round robin games.

“I don’t think we played eight ends dur­ing round robin. We were strong and then we got in to the 1-2 play­off game against Grant MacEwan (Univer­sity) and then we played them in the fi­nal again,” said Shelby. “So we played them three times back to back to back.”

Katie and Shelby are pleased with the re­sults of last week­end’s tour­na­ment.

“I think it was re­ally sat­is­fy­ing, I mean the RDC women’s team hasn’t won Provin­cials since 1982 so it’s kind of sat­is­fy­ing to go into Na­tion­als know­ing that you won Provin­cials,” said Katie. “It gives you that ex­tra boost like you are more mo­ti­vated to be there.”

Shelby felt the team would do well be­fore Provin­cials even be­gan, due to the high skill level and fo­cus the team has con­tin­u­ally ex­em­pli­fied this sea­son.

“We felt pretty con­fi­dent go­ing in with our team, we did re­ally well at the win­ter re­gional and we knew we could do it so we just stayed fo­cused and curled re­ally well,” said Shelby.

This will be Katie’s se­cond time com­pet­ing at the na­tional level. The RDC team won top place last year and are ex­pect­ing to de­fend their ti­tle.

The Le­duc Recre­ation Cen­tre is host­ing four Cana­dian Cham­pi­onship curl­ing events over nine days. The 2018 U SPORTS/Curl­ing Canada Curl­ing Cham­pi­onships and the 2018 CCAA/Curl­ing Canada Cham­pi­onships will be from March 24 to 28. The 2018 (l-r) Katie Prim­rose and Shelby Prim­rose hold up their gold medals and ACAC Women’s Curl­ing Cham­pi­ons ban­ner on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 18 in Cam­rose. They will be at­tend­ing Na­tion­als in Le­duc on Satur­day, March 24 to Wed­nes­day, March 28. Cana­dian Wheel­chair Curl­ing Cham­pi­onship will hap­pen from March 26 to 31 and the 2018 Cana­dian Mixed Dou­bles Cham­pi­onship will be from March 29 to April 1.

The fa­cil­ity has be­come a cen­tral hub for large events as the BMO Curl­ing Rink in­side the large recre­ation cen­tre has eight sheets for par­tic­i­pants to work with.

Both sis­ters are happy to be on the ice with some­one they have curled with for years.

“It’s def­i­nitely a pos­i­tive curl­ing with a sib­ling out Shelby.

Sara McMann (skip), Brett Day (third), and the Prim­rose sis­ters make up the win­ning team with coach Brad Hamil­ton at the helm.

“Three of us won Na­tion­als last year so it is ex­cit­ing to go back,” said Katie. there,” said

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