Report #2 from Jolene Campbell:
“Well 4-0 sounds pretty good to us. We had two good games today against two solid teams and managed to pull out two more wins! The day started with our wonderful driver Peter picking us up at the hotel to take us to Tim’s for coffee and a bagel on the way to the rink. Our hotel is really close to Tims, but about 15 min from the rink, so we decided to have breaky on the road. Now, each team doesn’t really have their own driver … but we seem to be the lucky ones as Peter is taking great care of us! Weather channel said it would be about 6 degrees today, so Hatch came to the rink with no jacket … did I mention he wore sandals the other day, when it was snowing? It really didn’t feel that warm, but we hear it is pretty chilly at home, so we are not complaining.
Our game this morning was against Nova Scotia. After a chance to blank the first end I told the team “bad news is we nosed that blank, good news is we are now winning the game”, haha, at least the is what I tell my ladies team if I nose a blank, hahaha. We made up for it in the second end by stealing a point and with our 2 point lead we never really looked back. The skipper is playing well and the team is throwing well for him, so that is good news. Between games we headed to a diner across the street for a quick bite (already our 2nd time there) and then back to the rink to face off against a tough Northern O team. Despite our third throwing 2 terrible stones in the first end (I can say that, cause it was me) we managed to pull together a skipper’s deuce and then we applied a lot of pressure moving forward. We got in control of the score and managed to keep ourselves in that situation, giving Max an open hit for the win.
With the evening off we wanted to treat our families and our “host couple” to a nice dinner. Jeff and Kayla (host couple) made a reservation for us at a wonderful restaurant on Trout Lake, and the food was amazing!!! The company was also fantastic!!! 2 hours flew by as we got to know one another over a few drinks and some great eats. Then is was off to bed for the fans – watching is hard work – while the team headed back to the club for a couple of pops. We had a great time visiting with a few of our competitors and Max and Kim (his wife) were the highlight of the D-floor … ok, maybe they were the only ones out there, but I can’t imagine anyone would have looked better than that.
So, back to the hotel for us … never that easy though … when we arrived back there was no power, and just when my wonderful mom got our fridge filled with groceries .. did I mention I am so happy my parents are here? Obviously the power is on now, so my alarm is set and I am ready for bed. 2 big games tomorrow as we take on PEI and ON. Both games will be important as we are in position to move on to the next round. Once we get into the next round – which includes the top 4 in each pool – only our record against the teams that move on counts. ON is the only other undefeated team in the event right now, so I suspect that will be a fun game to play.
On a personal note I have gotten to know the team from Nunavut quite well and my stomach muscles hurt from laughing so hard. What a wonderful group of people, I hope they have some great games tomorrow as well.
We are improving every game and working hard to bring a Canadian Championship home to Sask! If you want to communicate with the team please feel free to shoot me an email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Team Sask 3rd mixing it up in North Bay”
Photos: Courtesy CCA