Months of training, practice, competition and determination have paid off for local curler Robyn Silvernagle and her team, who have been invited to represent the Twin Rivers Curling Club at this year’s Viterra Scotties Women’s Curling Championships.
This year’s event will be held Jan. 2 to 7 at the Northern Lights Palace arena in Melfort.
“We are really, really excited to qualify for the provincials again this year,” said the North Battleford area skip. “Coming into the season it was one of our goals to qualify through points and we have been fortunate enough to do that.”
The Silvernagle rink is comprised of skip Robyn, mate Jolene Campbell of Regina, second Dayna Demers of Meadow Lake and Prince Albert’s Kara Thevenot. The team came within a single stone of making it to the Scotties Tournament of Hearts losing to Penny Barker in the final in Melfort last January.
“Losing in the final to Penny (Barker) was certainly a heartbreaker last year,” Silvernagle added. “But what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and I believe our team is poised for great things at the provincials.”
The Silvernagle foursome found out last Thursday through social media that her team were among the five teams to qualify for the Viterra Scotties Women’s Curling Championships. Last year’s winner Penny Barker of Moose Jaw, Chantal Eberle and Ashley Howard of Regina and Saskatoon’s Nancy Martin were also invited on Thursday.
“We have put in a lot of hard work this season and it’s nice to be rewarded for that hard work,” she said. “We have a couple of practice weekends planned and obviously we are still practicing on our own so we will be ready.”
Sherry Anderson of Saskatoon and Amber Holland of Regina also qualified for the provincials this weekend during a qualifying tournament at the Twin Rivers Curling Club in North Battleford. The final two spots will be decided when the Last Chance Tournament is played Dec. 12 to 15 in Estevan.
Team Silvernagle started the season strong reaching the quarter-finals in her first two competitions: the Pinty’s Challenge in Regina; and the Colonial Squares Classic in Saskatoon. Her rink struggled to reach the playoffs in the next few tournaments they participated in until Nov. 26 when they captured their first tournament of the year; the Boundary Ford Classic in Lloydminster.
As was the case with last year’s Viterra Scotties Woman’s Curling Championship in Melville, this year’s event in Melfort will not be in a typical curling rink, but in an arena setting which Robyn enjoys playing in.
“It’s always different to play in an arena than a curling rink,” she added. “It’s so much fun and the ice should be amazing like last year so I have no doubts we will be at our best.”
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