After two years of making it to the provincial finals and losing, Team Silvernagle is aiming to win it all in Humboldt.
“In the last two years we’ve been the most consistent team and had a really good week and just didn’t tie it up in the finals,” said Kara Thevenot, Team Silvernagle’s lead. “We’re going to ramp it up and get in first.”
At last year’s finals in Melfort, they faced off against Team Anderson, who had earned the spot after winning the semi-finals. Team Anderson won that game – and the semi-final before that – with an extra end.
This year, the team is made up of skip Robyn Silvernagle from North Battleford; lead Thevenot, who was raised in Birch Hills; second Jessie Hunkin from Stony Plain, Alta.; and third Stefanie Lawton from Shellbrook. Their coach is Lesley McEwan from Spruce Grove, Alta.
They are based out of the North Battleford Curling Club.
“The only originals from the last couple of years is Robyn and I,” Thevenot said.
Lawton, a four-time provincial champion, was recruited by the team when she was finished with her commitments to her previous team.
“We look to use her experience. It’s a good quality to have,” Thevenot said.
Hunkin had spared for the team last year at an event in Lloydminster and was invited to join on a permanent basis this year.
Right now, Team Silvernagle is the highest ranked Saskatchewan women’s team and eighth nationally on the Canadian Team Ranking System.
“We had a great tour season and we’re just looking to carry that momentum forward,” Thevenot said.
The team were the winners of the Women’s Curling Tour stop in Humboldt held Nov. 30 to Dec. 2. Based on what they saw during that event, the team is expecting good things at the provincials
“We’re just looking forward to a good, fun atmosphere and some good curling,” Thevenot said.
While out on the ice at the provincial event, the team isn’t expecting to change its strategy too much.
“Just to play our game that we’ve been playing all year,” Thevenot said.
That means making lots of shots and having lots of fun while doing it.