Viterra Scotties Women's Provincial Championship Event Preview

Team Penny Barker – Moose Jaw

Team Barker out of the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre are your defending provincial champions, and look to keep their winning season alive heading into the Viterra Scotties.

Team Barker has had a year to remember winning the Regina Callie Saskatchewan Women’s Curling Tour (SWCT) Spiel, the DEKALB Superspiel in Morris, Manitoba as well as a finals appearance out at the Medicine Hat Women’s Charity Classic!! The ladies picked up their provincial berth as the number one Saskatchewan team on the Canadian Team Ranking System (CTRS)!

Skip: Penny Barker
Third: Deanna Doig
Second: Lorraine Schneider
Lead: Danielle Sicinski
Coach: Merv Fonger

Team Chantelle Eberle – Regina

Long time Regina skip Chantelle Eberle is no stranger to the provincial scene, and she will be returning this year adding a few new players to her lineup. Larisa Murray will stay at the second position, but in comes Christie Gamble at third and Haylee Jameson in the lead position.

Team Eberle captured the second SWCT spiel of the season at the Regina Highland and earned their Viterra Scotties berth through the CTRS points they acquired this season as they found themselves qualifying for the playoffs in five out of their six events!

Skip: Chantelle Eberle
Third: Christie Gamble
Second: Larisa Murray
Lead: Haylee Jameson
Coach: Mark Lang

Team Robyn Silvernagle – North Battleford

Team Silvernagle out of the Twin Rivers Curling Club in North Battleford, will be returning with a similar look to what they had one year ago where they were the finalists at last years Viterra Scotties Women’s Provincial. This season they added veteran skip Jolene Campbell, who represented Saskatchewan at the Scotties two years ago, at the third position dropping Dayna Demers down to second. Silvernagle competed on the World Curling Tour all season, coming off a big win at the Lloydminster Boundary Ford Classic at the end of November.

Skip: Robyn Silvernagle
Third: Jolene Campbell

Second: Dayna Demers
Lead: Kara Thevenot
Coach: Gerald Shymko

Team Nancy Martin – Saskatoon

Team Nancy Martin out of the Nutana Curling Club made a great run at last years Viterra Scotties Women’s Provincial making a playoff appearance. The team claimed the first SWCT spiel of the season in Saskatoon, but will have a different look heading into Melfort. Nancy Martin will be replaced by Taryn Holtby as she will be competing with teammate Catlin Schneider at the Mixed Doubles Curling Trials in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba!

Skip: Nancy Martin
Third: Alyssa Jenkins
Second: Meaghan Frerichs
Lead: Teresa Waterfield
Coach: Cheryl Boechler

Team Ashley Howard – Regina

A brand new team was formed this season in Saskatchewan as Ashley Howard and Ashley Williamson (2016 Provincial Champions) welcomed aboard Carly Howard from Ontario and former skip and world silver medalist with Amber Holland Kim Schneider. A solid season for the girls as they made a semi final appearance on the World Curling Tour at the DEKALB Superspiel in Morris, Manitoba. They were also finalists in the Moose Jaw SWCT spiel back in October. Team Howard earned their provincial berth through a one game playdown to break the tie between Team Rae Ann Williamson for that final CTRS spot, where we saw Howard defeat Williamson 7-1.

Skip: Ashley Howard
Third: Carly Howard

Second: Kim Schneider
Lead: Ashley Williamson
Coach: Russ Howard

Team Amber Holland – Regina

After taking a few years off from the game, former world silver medalist Amber Holland has a brand new team in front of her heading into Melfort for the Viterra Scotties. She added long time second and provincial champion for Stefanie Lawton, Sherri Singler. Holland earned their berth as the first to qualify out of the Viterra Women’s Challenge in North Battleford.

Skip: Amber Holland
Third: Sherri Singler
Second: Laura Strong
Lead: Deb Lozinski
Coach: Travis Brown

Team Sherry Anderson – Saskatoon

Sherry has had a long string of provincial appearances in the province of Saskatchewan, and will have a fairly young but accomplished team in front of her when they hit the ice at this years Viterra Scotties. Krista was part of Team Anderson at last years provincial, but for all three ladies they each have a combined two junior provincial championships to their names. They earned their provincial berth claiming the second spot at the Viterra Challenge Spiel.

Skip: Sherry Anderson
Third: Kourtney Fesser

Second: Krista Fesser
Lead: Karlee Korchinski
Coach: N/A

Team Candace Chisholm – Carlyle

Candace Chisholm has also made a return to the game after a few years off, where she played in her last provincial during the 2016 Viterra Scotties in Prince Albert where she was third for Michelle Englot. She has picked up former provincial champion Lana Vey at third, and teammates Natalie Bloomfield & Kristy Johnson who played front end for Kim Schneider the past few seasons. Team Chisholm has had a successful season to date as they captured the Medicine Hat Women’s Charity Classic and was a finalist at the Regina Highland Saskatchewan Women’s Curling Tour Spiel!

Skip: Candace Chisholm
Third: Lana Vey
Second: Natalie Bloomfield
Lead: Kristy Johnson
Coach: Gerry Adam

Team Stefanie Lawton – Saskatoon

Stefanie Lawton and team picked up the final berth into this years provincial last weekend in Estevan at the Viterra Women’s Last Chance. Another newly formed team as she has former teammate Stephanie Schmidt, and a brand new front end in Cristina Goertzen and Canadian University Champion Brooklyn Lemon. Team Lawton qualified in two out of the four events they competed in on tour, including the Grand Slam of Curling Challenge Tier 2 in Regina, as well as placing third at the Saskatoon Nutana Saskatchewan Women’s Curling Tour Event.

Skip: Stefanie Lawton
Third: Stephanie Schmidt

Second: Cristina Goertzen
Lead: Brooklyn Lemon
Coach: N/A