The 2018 provincial women’s curling championship starts in Melfort on Tuesday with nine rinks including the defending champ looking to represent Saskatchewan at the Scotties in Penticton B.C. next month.
Leading the contingent of nine into the Viterra Scotties at the Northern Lights Palace is Moose Jaw’s Penny Barker. She won her first provincial title last year, but struggled at the Scotties going 1-10.
Barker is not the only provincial champ in the field. Others looking to head to Penticton who have carried Saskatchewan colours into the nationals are Sherry Anderson and Stefanie Lawton of Saskatoon, and Amber Holland of Regina.
Other skips competing are Chantelle Eberle (Regina), Ashley Howard (Regina), Robyn Silvernagle (North Battleford), Candace Chisholm (Carlyle) and Nancy Martin (Saskatoon). The Martin team will be skipped by Taryn Holtby as Martin is taking part at the Canadian mixed doubles Olympic curling trials which begin Tuesday in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba as she is paired with Regina’s Catlin Schneider.
The first draw goes at 2 o’clock Tuesday afternoon with the final on Sunday.