From left are St. Marys Curling Club members and 2016 Women’s Tankard Provincial Champs Laura Leitch, Kristin DeBrabandere, Catherine Wallis, Amie Shackleton, Charlene Haluk-McMahon, Melanie DeSchutter, Lindsay McLeod, and Christine Hinsperger.
On Saturday, April 9 and Sunday, April 10, a team of 8 curlers from the St. Marys Curling Club participated in the Ontario Curling Association (OCA) Women’s Tankard Provincial Championship.
For those unfamiliar with this format of curling, a tankard team consists of 8 players. The team plays separate games side by side (4 players each), but then combine scores into one total overall team score.
The St. Marys team first travelled to the Glendale Golf and Country Club in Hamilton on Saturday to play a team from the Brantford curling club. It was a long, drawn out, nearly 3-hour affair. St. Marys worked hard to stay focused and make key shots. It paid off, and St. Marys came out on top with a final score of 9-7.
On Sunday, the team travelled to the Annandale Golf and Country Club in Ajax for the final rounds. In their semi final match Sunday morning, both teams played strong and had their opponent chasing on many occasions, but were unable to take advantage of some extra point opportunities. The Shackleton rink finally broke though in the 8th and final end, with a steal of 3 points to seal the victory 14-10 and earn the team a spot in the provincial finals.
In the finals, the St. Marys rink faced a talented team from the East York Curling Club. St. Marys was on a mission, and jumped out to an early lead. A key shot by Amie Shackleton in the 6th end saw her draw to the 4 foot to score 3 and put St. Marys in a comfortable lead. The teams played strong defensively and eventually ran the East York team out of rocks in the eighth end to win 18-10 and earn the provincial crown.
This is the first provincial championship banner to be won by a team representing the St. Marys Curling Club.