PETERSON & CHAMBERS TEAMS WIN PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIP BERTHS
Beth Peterson and her Assiniboine Memorial team of Jenna Loder, Katherine Doerksen and Melissa Gordon & Fort Garry’s Corey Chambers, with Julien Leduc, Devon Wiebe and Stuart Shiells won the provincial curling championship berth bonspiels hosted by the Steinbach Curling Club on the October 15-17 weekend.
Team Peterson was undefeated in the six-team women’s event while Team Chambers had a single loss in the 10-team men’s event.
In the Scotties berth playoff round, Team Peterson faced Kristy McDonald and her Granite team (Lisa Blixhavn, Lindsay Warkentin, Raunora Westcott) twice on Sunday, winning both times with key three-enders. In the early game Sunday, Team Peterson scored three coming home to tie and then stole a point for a 9-8 victory. In the final, Team Peterson stole a three on the fifth end to take a 6-3 lead enroute to an 8-6 win.
Team Peterson will join the teams of Tracy Fleury, Mackenzie Zacharias, Darcy Robertson, and Kristy Watling who have already qualified to compete in the Manitoba Scotties Tournament of Hearts presented by Bayer in Carberry, December 14-19, 2021.
The national championship Scotties event takes place in Thunder Bay, ON, January 28 – February 6, 2022. Reigning Manitoba champion Kerri Einarson, as back-to-back Canadian champion, will compete in Thunder Bay as Team Canada.
In the first round Viterra berth bonspiel playoff game between unbeaten teams, Chambers surrendered a three-ender coming home on Jacques Gauthier’s last rock double kill for a 6-5 Gauthier (Jordan Peters, Brayden Payette, Cole Chandler & Coach John Lund) win. Team Chambers bounced back to shut out Team William Lyburn 5-0 in the semi-final to earn a re-match with Gauthier.
Chambers led 7-6 coming home without last rock. Facing five Gauthier counters, he made a perfect freeze to a Gauthier stone on the tee line in the four-foot circle. It left Gauthier nothing but an attempt to blast the rock loose but he was only able to move it about two feet sideways and scored just one to force an extra end.
On the extra end, Chambers made a last rock short angle raise take-out for a single point and an 8-7 win.
On the men’s side, Team Chambers is the sixth team to qualify for the 2022 Viterra Championship in Selkirk, January 25-30, 2022. They join the teams of Jason Gunnlaugson, Mike McEwen, Braden Calvert, Jordon McDonald, and Ryan Wiebe who have already qualified.
The National championship Tim Hortons Brier is set for Lethbridge, AB, March 4-13, 2022.