Jenkyns ices club crown
Women's rink delivers another President's Cup championship at St. Albert Curling Club
Saturday, Mar 29, 2014 06:00 am
The perennial President’s Cup winners at the St. Albert Curling Club slide into the Dominion playdowns this weekend as the defending provincial women’s champions.
The return trip to the Dominion Curling Club Canadian Championships started Friday for the Lauren Jenkyns rink against Trina Ball of the Avonair, but the score from the Ottewell was unavailable at press time.
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Three qualifiers in the 18-rink competition advance to the Dominion provincials in October at the Edmonton Garrison Curling Club.
“We’re going in once again really focused and as long as we’re playing like we did tonight we should have a pretty good shot,” said third Kathy Piper after Wednesday’s 7-2 win in six ends against Maureen Forbes in the A-B final in the St. Albert playoffs.
“We really can’t wait. We’re just very excited knowing that nationals are in Halifax (in November). That’s a real incentive now that we’ve actually been to nationals.”
Jenkyns finished 3-3 in pool play at the fifth annual Dominion nationals last year in Thunder Bay, Ont. curling with Piper, second Laurie Schreiner and lead Diana Backer.
At the club level the Wednesday night team with Cindy Bobowik at lead have lost only one game this season when the provincial champs were at nationals and Bobowik and three spares filled in.
“I think we’ve played our best as a team at provincials (4-0 at Fort St. John in October). We weren’t right on when we got to nationals. There were so many new things for us: the rules were a little bit different, the practice session. We were first on live stream. It was a little bit of pressure for us, even just the pressure of knowing everyone is back here rooting for us as well,” Piper said.
In the last round robin game in the grey pool, and Team Alberta needing a win to force a tiebreaker, Stacey Fordyce of the Brandon Curling Club prevailed 9-7 in the extra end after gassing a 7-2 lead after five ends.
“We played our best game against the Manitoba girls who won it all,” Piper said.
Next year Jenkyns will represent St. Albert at the Dominion northerns after going 4-0 as the 2014 President’s Cup champion.
It’s the eighth club title in a row for Piper and Schreiner, Jenkyns’ third and Bobowik’s first with the team.
“I’m shocked and really happy that we were able to pull it off again,” Piper said. “Every year it’s sweeter because we know there is a target on our back. There are always teams that are determined to come out and take us down.”
This is also the first full season with Jenkyns as skip after the team’s youngest curler was promoted from third when motherhood forced last-rock shooter Christina Monk to the sideline.
“Lauren is an awesome player. She has been able to pick up the pieces whenever we’ve fallen. She is an amazing curler and has really picked up the whole skipping thing,” Piper said of the media shy lead on Doug McLennan’s longtime mixed President’s Cup championship rink.
In Wednesday’s final Jenkyns stole points in the first and second ends to lead 3-0 before Forbes counted one in three.
A three-spot in four by Jenkyns was followed by one in five by Forbes.
The teams shook hands after Jenkyns scored one in six.
“We thought they would come out and play really well and they did. They were just a little bit off here and there and I think we were too on certain shots,” Piper said. “For the most part I think we played exactly the way we expected to. We were focused and when we got the hammer we tried for two and of course tried to steal when we could.”
Visit www.stalbertgazette.com to view the President’s Cup team picture.
The plucky Wednesday night team of Forbes, third Cindy Scott, second Maureen Fowlie and lead Rose Pampu also lost to Jenkyns in the A final after defeating Lane-Clark and Mortensen.
In the B final Forbes swept past Merryweather for another shot at Jenkyns, winner of the St. Albert Centre Ladies Bonspiel.
The President’s Cup victory also punched Jenkyns’ ticket to the 51st annual Edmonton and area Tournament of Champions, April 7 to 17 at the Saville Community Sports Centre.
Last year the A qualifiers lost the semifinal in an extra end to Ellerslie.
In 2010, when Monk was pregnant, Piper skipped the lineup of Jackie Rae Greening, Nicole Bellamy and Schreiner to the second Tournament of Champions’ banner victory by a St. Albert rink since Cathy King won the inaugural women’s cities in 1993.
“We’re excited about cities,” Piper said. “It’s always tough competition and we would definitely like to finish higher than we did last year.”