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Sports Northern Ontario's McCarville claims Tournament of Hearts playoff berth

10:05  22 february  2020
10:05  22 february  2020 Source:   msn.com

Robyn Silvernagle rebounds to beat Nunavut 11-8 at Scotties Tournament of Hearts

  Robyn Silvernagle rebounds to beat Nunavut 11-8 at Scotties Tournament of Hearts MOOSE JAW — Saskatchewan’s Robyn Silvernagle overcame a slow start to get back on the winning track at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. On Sunday, Silvernagle roared back from a 4-0 second-end deficit to pull out an 11-8 victory over Nunavut’s Lori Eddy at the Canadian women’s curling championship. The result came after Silvernagle was defeated 9-6 by Team Canada’s Chelsea Carey in the afternoon draw. “We struggled a little bit at the beginning (against Nunavut),” Silvernagle said after improving her record to 2-1. “We need to be patient because 10 ends is long. We waited for our chances and we took them when we got them.

Northern Ontario ' s Krista McCarville secured the fourth and final playoff spot at the Canadian women' s curling championship Friday. It doesn't seem to hurt their performance at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts . McCarville skipped Northern Ontario to the playoffs for the fourth time in

The team was forced to decline their Team Canada berth in the 2018 Scotties due to qualifying for the Olympics.[7] However, had Homan been eliminated from the provincials, her team would have qualified for the game Northern Ontario ( McCarville ). Scotties Tournament of Hearts . Tim Hortons Brier.

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MOOSE JAW, Sask. — Protective of their curl-life balance, Krista McCarville and her Northern Ontario team build their season around peaking for the national championship.

The Fort William Curling Club foursome from Thunder Bay, Ont., doesn't play in as many World Curling Tour events as some of the big names in women's curling do.

That hasn't hampered them at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. McCarville skipped Northern Ontario to the playoffs for the fourth time in her career.

With a 6-5 win over Prince Edward Island on Friday, Northern Ontario earned the fourth and final spot in Saturday's Page playoff.

Tournament of Hearts veteran skip Kerry Galusha curls through pain

  Tournament of Hearts veteran skip Kerry Galusha curls through pain MOOSE JAW, Sask. — If Kerry Galusha is skipping Northwest Territories at the Canadian women's curling championship for the last time, it's an uncomfortable swan song. Her 13th year calling the shots for a territories team ranks third in all-time appearances by a skip behind Nova Scotia's Colleen Jones (18) and Manitoba's Jennifer Jones (15). The small pool of competitive curlers in the north, the complicated travel and the prohibitive cost of it to play World Curling Tour events puts northern representatives at a disadvantage in national championships.Galusha felt she had a lineup to overcome those hurdles this season.

The Scotties Tournament of Hearts (French: Le Tournoi des Cœurs Scotties; commonly referred to as the Scotties) is the annual Canadian women' s curling championship, sanctioned by Curling Canada, formerly called the Skip: Krista McCarville , Northern Ontario . Third: Kendra Lilly, Northern Ontario .

The 2011 Ontario Scotties Tournament of Hearts was the 2011 edition of the Ontario provincial women' s curling championship. It was held January 24–30 at the Thornhill Golf and Country Club in Thornhill, Ontario .

McCarville (8-3) joined Manitoba's Kerri Einarson, the Jennifer Jones wild-card team and Ontario's Rachel Homan (9-2) in the playoffs.

McCarville allows herself to imagine wearing defending champion Team Canada colours at next year's Tournament of Hearts in her hometown of Thunder Bay.

"There's always those thoughts, but there's still three really big wins that we need to get there, so we don't want to get ahead of ourselves," the 37-year-old skip said.

McCarville capped the championship round with an 11-6 win over Jones on Friday night, but Jones was already assured a top-two finish in the standings.

"We knew where we sat," the six-time Canadian champion said. "We were a little bit flat. It's good to get some of the bad shots out before heading into the playoffs.

Canada's Chelsea Carey beats Alberta's Laura Walker 7-5 at Scotties

  Canada's Chelsea Carey beats Alberta's Laura Walker 7-5 at Scotties MOOSE JAW, Sask. — Canada's Chelsea Carey defeated Alberta's Laura Walker 7-5 on Tuesday morning at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. The result left both teams with 3-2 records, good for a third-place tie in Pool B with Northern Ontario after Krista McCarville dropped a 6-5 decision to Nunavut's Lori Eddy. Manitoba's Kerri Einarson was in top spot at 4-0 and Saskatchewan's Robyn Silvernagle was next at 3-1. Coach Dan Carey, Chelsea's father,The result left both teams with 3-2 records, good for a third-place tie in Pool B with Northern Ontario after Krista McCarville dropped a 6-5 decision to Nunavut's Lori Eddy.

The 2013 Ontario Scotties Tournament of Hearts , women' s provincial curling championship, was held January 21-27, 2013 at the Kitchener-Waterloo Granite Club in Waterloo, Ontario . The winning Rachel Homan rink went on to represent Ontario at the 2013 Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Kingston

Northern Ontario skip Krista McCarville delivers the stone while taking on Quebec in the 3rd draw of Trailing in both games, McCarville stole three points over the ninth and 10th ends of a playoff win over Manitoba They've been mostly true to their word to start the Scotties Tournament of Hearts .

Einarson and Jones will meet in an all-Manitoba playoff Saturday evening between the first and second seeds respectively.

Jones, Einarson and Homan are all 1-1 against each other. The tiebreaker went to the cumulative measurements of the draw-the-button which precedes each draw.

Einarson will start Saturday's game against Jones with last-rock advantage.

"We've worked really hard all week and really battled," Einarson said. "Super-proud of my teammates. They make my job look easy."

Saturday night's victory earns an express ticket to Sunday's final.

The loser drops to Sunday's semifinal to face the winner of Saturday afternoon's Battle of Ontario between Homan and McCarville.

Einarson knocked Ontario to the three-four playoff game with a 9-6 win over Homan on Friday evening.

In a moment of sportsmanship, the Manitobans told Homan third Emma Miskew to re-throw a stone in the sixth end after her second hog-line violation of the game.

P.E.I.'s Birt through to championship round at Tournament of Hearts

  P.E.I.'s Birt through to championship round at Tournament of Hearts MOOSE JAW, Sask. — Suzanne Birt reached the championship round at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts a second straight year with higher ambitions. The Prince Edward Island skip upped her workload on and off the ice to be ready for battle against some of the world's best teams. Birt joined Ontario's Rachel Homan, Manitoba's Kerri Einarson, the Jennifer Jones wild-card team, Northern Ontario's Krista McCarville and defending champion Chelsea Carey in the round of eight at the national women's curling championship. © Provided by The Canadian Press Tiebreaker games Thursday morning will determine the two teams that join them.

The 2010 Ontario Scotties Tournament of Hearts wase the 2010 edition of the Ontario provincial women' s curling championship. It was held January 4–10 at the Port Arthur Curling Club in Thunder

The 2019 Northern Ontario Scotties Tournament of Hearts , the Northern Ontario women' s curling championship, was held January 30 to February 3 at the Nipigon Curling Club in Nipigon.

Both teams believed her stone's sensor was faulty, although the rock was not removed from play.

"That was a tough point to give away. We had a good setup there," Homan said. "You hope that the handles are working properly. You could see on the replay she wasn't even close to over.

"They played really well. The game didn't come down to that rock. We had quite a few we could have made a little bit better and got a few extra points."

McCarville came through the three-four game to reach the 2016 final in Grande Prairie, Alta.

She fell 7-6 to Alberta's Chelsea Carey. Her teams lost out in the three-four game in both 2017 and 2019.

McCarville, who is coached by three-time Canadian men's champion Rick Lang, is ranked 28th in Canada.

Because her team doesn't travel to many events, it doesn't rack up ranking points.

Their presence in Pool A in Moose Jaw contributed to its "pool of death" label, however.

"Basically at any Scotties that Krista McCarville is in, whatever pool she's in is going to be the harder one," Carey said. "She's ranked really low, but she's really good and we all know that."

Hoarse Hearts; Canadian women's curling championship hard on skips' voices

  Hoarse Hearts; Canadian women's curling championship hard on skips' voices MOOSE JAW, Sask. — Kerri Einarson calls it her "winter voice." Midway through the Canadian women's curling championships, skips' voices are raspy. As the stakes rise, sweeping calls become more urgent. Volume and pitch increases, sometimes to a desperate shriek. Some voices won't stand up to the stress. Einarson's voice crackles and some words disappear altogether in post-game interviews. "I tend to lose my voice," the Manitoba skipMidway through the Canadian women's curling championships, skips' voices are raspy.

McCarville is a teacher, third Kendra Lilly works in financial services, second Ashley Sippala is a lab technician and lead Jen Gates is a communications manager at a country club.

Both McCarville and Sippala have children.

"Right from the time we really started getting more competitive, we said 'you know what? Curling's not number one in our lives. We love curling and it's a passion. All of us want to do it, but it's not our number one,'" McCarville said.

"I have a family and they are number one to me. I love my profession of teaching, but to come out here and be able to contend it is exciting.

"We might not 'spiel as much, but we practise really hard at home. Just coming to the event, we're fresh and excited and ready. If we travelled a lot, maybe we wouldn't feel that way."

Carey will not defend her Canadian title this year. She dropped to six losses in the afternoon draw falling 9-2 to B.C.'s Corryn Brown.

"Disappointing," the Calgary skip said. "We just couldn't quite get it together. We showed flashes of it in a couple games, but couldn't produce as consistently as we needed to."

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 21, 2020.

Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press

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