Hard work and determination has finally paid off for the Robyn Silvernagle rink.
The North Battleford skip and her team picked up their first tournament win of the season by capturing the Boundary Ford Curling Classic played at the Lloydminster Curling Club this past weekend.
After starting the tournament with an 8-4 loss to Biggar’s Brett Barber, the local foursome which represents the Twin Rivers Curling Club reeled off two decisive wins, 10-4 over Mandy Selzer and 9-6 over Holly Scott to earn a spot in the quarter-finals.
“We were all feeling confident with the work we have been putting in individually,” Meadow Lake’s Dayna Demers who throws second stone for the team, said. “We came together this weekend and made a lot of shots.”
Besides Demers and Silvernagle, the team includes Prince Albert’s Kara Thevenot. Mate Jolene Campbell was unavailable to compete this weekend as she is a spare on Michelle Englot’s Winnipeg team who are competing in Ottawa at the Olympic trials so Jessie Kaufunkin of Edmonton was brought in to fill the void left at third stone.
In the quarter-finals, the team scored six points in the final four ends to break open a close game and defeat long-time rival Nancy Martin of Saskatoon 10-4 to advance to Sivernagle's first semi-final of the season.
“It was huge for us to win the quarter-final match,” Silvernagle said. “The quarter-finals have been our nemesis the past few years not being able to get beyond that point.”
“Once we won that game it was like 'OK that’s finally over now let’s move on,'" Silvernagle said with a laugh.
The semi-final was a rematch with her second round opponent Mandy Selzer. Silvernagle jumped to a 7-1 lead after five ends on route to an 8-5 win over the Balgonie native.
“Our skipper was on fire this weekend.” Demers said of Silvernagle. “She read the ice really well and got a feel for it early in the weekend.”
The final, pitted the Silvernagle rink against Regina’s Chantelle Eberle, who won four straight matches leading up to Sunday’s final.
It was a seesaw match with several lead changes; Silvernagle leading 3-1 by the fourth end but the veteran Eberle scratched her way into a 4-3 lead by the seventh end. With the hammer in the eighth, Silvernagle scored a deuce to take the lead and stole a point in the nine to secure the victory and the title.
“It’s nice to get that experience to reach the finals,” she added. “It was a long time coming but certainly worth the wait for sure.”
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