It would be an understatement to say that Prince Albert’s Kara Thevenot and the rest of Team Silvernagle feel as if they have unfinished business to take care of this week’s at the Viterra’s Scotties Tournament of Hearts Provincial Curling Championships which begin tomorrow at the Northern Lights Palace in Melfort.
Last January, Thevenot and the Silvernagle squad consisting of skip Robyn Silvernagle (North Battleford), mate Jolene Campbell (Regina) and second shot Dayna Demers (Meadow Lake) lost a heartbreaking decision to Moose Jaw’s Penny Barker when she scored four points on the final stone to win.
“It was great to be invited back to the Scotties this year,” said Thevenot. “We have been building this team for three years now and I think we all truly believe that with the training, coaching and mental preparation we have gone through since last January, good things will happen this week.”
Thevenot added that while last years final was not the result they wanted, it was an excellent learning experience for the young team.
“Everything about last year’s tournament in Melville was exciting and when we got to the finals that made it even more special,” said Thevenot. “There was the pressure of being on television, being mic’d up, and of course, the huge crowds made it extremely fun.”
This year’s tournament will feature the best women’s curlers in Saskatchewan including a pair of four-time tournament winners in Sherry Anderson and Stefanie Lawton both of Saskatoon. Two-time champion Amber Holland of Regina will also be competing along with last year’s champion Penny Barker. Chantelle Eberle of Regina, Nancy Martin of Saskatoon, Candace Chisholm of Carlyle and Ashley Howard of Kronau round out the field of nine vying for the right to represent the province at the Scotties national Championship slated for Jan. 27 to Feb. 4 in Penticton B.C.
“There is a lot of experience in this year’s tournament so fans will be treated to some excellent curling,” added Thevenot. “It’s also exciting for the curlers because you want to play the very best in a competition like this because it brings out your best.”
Team Silvernagle opens the Viterra Tournament of Hearts with a pair of games on Tuesday. They face Chantelle Eberle at 2 p.m. in the opening draw. The last time Silvernagle faced Eberle, Silvernagle defeated the Regina skip in the final of the Boundary Ford Curling Classic in Lloydminster on Nov. 26 to capture her first victory of the season.
Silvernagle will also face Penny Barker Tuesday evening in the day’s final draw at 7:30 p.m.
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