Last year’s Viterra Scotties Women’s Provincials champion is defending her title, skipping a team that’s new to her.
Sherry Anderson is joining forces with Aly Jenkins, Meaghan Frerichs and Nancy Martin, all three of which competed together last year.
“I’d roomed with Nancy for a mixed double provincial a couple years ago. We just chatted and I didn’t have a team. We were talking and she said there was three of them, so it was kind of a natural fit to get together.”
Jenkins is the lead, Frerichs is the second and Martin is the third. They are based out of the Saskatoon Nutana club. Anderson is from Delisle, Jenkins from Warman and the other two from Saskatoon.
Anderson said her team’s ultimate goal is to win this year’s championship in Humboldt.
“First, you want to have a decent round robin and make the playoffs, hopefully in the one/two spot. That’s your ultimate goal, but I’ll take anything as long as as long as you’re in the final and have a chance to win it.”
The skip is expecting a good tournament.
“There’s certainly lots of other good good teams that will be playing in it as well, so you have to go in and be consistent and be on your game,” she said. “You can’t come out flat on too many of them or you’re not going to make playoffs.”
For Anderson, consistency will be the key to victory.
“You want to start off strong and finish even stronger, so that’s what I always strive for and hopefully win it all by the end of it.”
The team has had a decent season, placing third in the Canadian Team Ranking System provincially and 20th nationally.
“We’re pretty confident going into it that we have as good a shot as anybody to be in the final and prevail.”
At last year’s championship in Melfort, Anderson skipped a team made up of Karlee Korchinski, Krista Fesser, Kourtney Fesser. Except for Anderson, it was the first time that team had won the finals.
Anderson herself has been to the national Scott Tournament of Hearts eight times, four as a skip.
“I’ve been [at the provincials] lots and I’ve been in the final lot, so I certainly got the most experience of any of the teams in the in the provincials right now,” Anderson said. “That helps me to keep things in perspective.”