Team SK Blog #1 ~ Canadian Curling Club Championships (Photo Courtesy, Curling Canada)
Team SK Women
What an honour to represent our province.
We can’t wait to put on our green jackets and step onto the ice here in Leduc, AB and play the game we love the most.
Our team consists of Skip Danette Tracey, Third Jade Bloor, Second Shelby Sidloski, Lead Calli Benko, and fifth (and super nanny to Ruby) Ashley Green. The front end of this team is viewing this event for the first time, while our back end is enjoying this event as round 3. We’ve got a great mix of veterans and fresh eyes.
Our trip to Leduc was short and sweet, the flight was direct from Regina. But the shuttle from airport to the hotel was the real entertainment. We met Greg who plays Celtic Rock in the band Tradmor and he serenaded our team on the short ride. Check out the video!
After settling in at the hotel we made our way to the rink for our first look at the phenomenal complex Leduc has to offer. We spotted them putting the patch together, and went upstairs in the rink for the meet and greet.
Our biggest and smallest fan Ruby Bloor tagged along with us and was a huge hit!
We chatted with Heather Nedohin who said she misses curling and will be coming back to the game but her family has her heart and priority first. You heard it here first folks, Heather is not out of the game forever.
She also mentioned how much she missed her team, especially her roommate, vice skip, and the camaraderie of her teammates. She shared some of the great memories she made while travelling and competing around the world. Heather is right. Curling truly is a family sport whether by blood or choice. Our skipper taught each of us to curl and coached us too. It started with Calli following Danette to the rink, with Jade following “shortly” behind.. looking like the actual daughter. Our entire childhood Jade was thought to be Danette’s daughter rather than Calli due to the dark hair and short stature. Those two started with 4-H curling and that’s when Shelby got her first game in with Jade. Not to mention Danette has been running the junior curling program in Weyburn for 20 years and all three of us participated in. The connection with our team is very tight. It’s been a full cycle now being able to compete as a team.
We are heading to the rink for practise at 1:30, opening ceremonies at 7:15 and game against Northern Ontario at 8:30 (AB times). Our game tomorrow at 2:00 will be live streamed against MB!
Team SK Men
Team Saskatchewan Men skipped by Aaron Gaudreau out of the Humboldt Curling Club, hit the ice in Draw 1 taking on Team Newfoundland & Labrador.
A back & forth matchup all game long, where we saw both teams tied at five a piece heading into the final end, with Saskatchewan having hammer.
The boys missed a game winning runback by an inch and unfortunately drop the first game of the week by a score of 6-5.
“The ice is good here in Leduc, and we are going to rebound tomorrow.” ~ Tom Johnson, Second
Team SK will have the morning off, and will look to get into the win column in Draw 4 tomorrow at 3pm SK Time against Team Nunavut!
Photo Courtesy Curling Canada