It was a golden finish for the Sara England rink at Junior provincials this weekend at the Callie Curling Club in Regina.
The Regina based rink went undefeated all the way to a Provincial title, and have won the right to represent Saskatchewan in Nationals next month with an 8-4 win over the Chaelynn Kitz rink from Saskatoon.
England, the daughter of the late Sandra Schmirler, throws the skip stones, and says consistency played a huge role for their team.
“Not giving up steals was a big part of it, my team was making everything in front of me, leaving a lot of space to score which is nice,” England says. “We had a couple hard shots to not give up a steal, and the sweepers made them for me, and that’s all you can ask for.”
Team England will travel to Shawinigan, Quebec for Nationals, which take place January 13th to the 21st.
Shelby Brandt throws the third rocks for team England, and joined the team just this year.
She says this win has a much better feeling to it than her High School provincial title she won in 2015.
“This is just so much greater, the caliber is so much higher, and to do it with three of my best friends is just incredible,” Brandt says. “Especially (because) I’ve never been to a Nationals before for Curling, so this is better than I could have ever expected.”
From the Junior men’s event, the Rylan Kleiter rink out of Saskatoon won the event for the second straight year by defeating the Shawn Vereschagin foursome from the Bridge City 8-2 in the final
The Kleiter rink will also wear the green jacket at Nationals.