Carson Ackerman and Kaitlyn Jones Teams Advance to Prince George
The Highland Curling Club in Regina was the scene of the Curling Trials to determine the teams that will represent Saskatchewan at the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George. Six teams on both the men’s and women’s sides started on Thursday playing a five game round robin competition to determine the playoff contenders. By Sunday, there were only two teams left in each division.
The Carson Ackerman team from Moose Jaw faced off against the Dallas Burnett team from the Rosetown club. With an early lead in the game, Ackerman scored a decisive 3 to go up 5-1 at the break and never looked back. The game finished after 8 ends with a final scored of 10-2.
Ackerman had finished the round robin with a 4-1 record earning first place a bye to the Final. Burnett, accompanied by Tyler Camm, Andrew Derksen and Eric Westad had finished the round robin with a 3-2 record setting up a Saturday evening tie break game with Sam Wills.
The Ackerman team will now compete at the Prince George 2015 Canada Winter Games from February 15 – 20th.
The Kaitlyn Jones team needed a longer route to earn their provincial title. Hanley’s Hannah Anderson, along with teammates Amanda Waterfield, Madison Martin and Payton Worth went directly to Sunday morning play based on a 5-0 round robin record.
The competition was set up so that one loss would not eliminate a team. This meant that Jones needed to defeat Anderson twice if they wanted to take the championship. The first game was close but a massive five ender late in the game set up the win for Jones and a second game at 2:00 PM. After being down 3-0 at the halfway point, the Jones team stormed back with critical steals in the 8th and 9th ends to claim the title.
Jones, along with Regina Tartan teammates Sara England, Chantel Hutton and Rayann Zerr will compete in Prince George for the second half of the games. The Women’s curling will be played from February 23-28, 2015.