Sherry Anderson is no stranger to the Canadian women’s curling championship, but her rink while decorated has never played at this level.
The Saskatoon foursome begin play Saturday at the 2018 Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Penticton, B.C with the skip adamant that her young rink consisting of Karlee Korchinski, Kourtney Fesser and her twin sister Krista.
“Yes, they have never been to the Scotties before, but they have worn the Saskatchewan jacket at many events,” Anderson said before the team left for B.C. “Karlee has been to four junior championships and the other two have been at two so I have confidence they will be fine when the lights come on. If they just stick to basics, we will be fine. They got used to being on TV at the provincials in Melfort and we finished strong to win that so I have no concerns.”
This is the first year the event has had 16 teams with two pools of eight being drawn up. Anderson will play her first game on Saturday night against a rink considered by many to be the favourite. That is the rink skipped by Winnipeg’s Jennifer Jones. She is ready to try and make it 6 Scotties which would tie the record for most won.
Regina’s Michelle Englot is also in the field as she is once again skipping the Manitoba rink that lost in last year’s final to Rachel Homan. Because Homan is getting ready for the Olympics, Englot assumes the role of Team Canada.