Provincial veteran and new players on Team Streifel unite to aim for gold

A team with a mix of women’s, junior and mixed curling experience that’s ranked second overall in Saskatchewan is competing for the top spot at the provincials.

“The team is excited to continue building throughout the provincial championship,” said Jolene Campbell, Team Streifel’s third. “We are definitely at the provincial with the goal of becoming Team Saskatchewan, but the focus for this team is to improve each and every time we step out on the ice.”

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Team Streifel is made up of skip Kristen Streifel, third Campbell, second Callan Hamon, second Dayna Demers, lead Breanne Knapp and coach Rob Meakin.

It’s Streifel’s first year playing in the women’s provincial, after aging out of the juniors, where she competed four times.

“Kristen contacted me in the summer to see if I wanted to team up,” said Campbell, adding the first time they played together was an event at Saskatoon. “I always thought Kristen was a great player and she thought we could make a great team together.”

Campbell and Demers have played together for a few seasons. Last year they were both on Team Silvernagle, which made it to the women’s finals. When Demers found out she was pregnant with twins, her position was taken over by Hamon. Hamon and Campbell were on the same team when they won the provincials in 2016.

Campbell has competed in the women’s provincials 10 times and was the 2015 mixed national championship. She went on to represent Canada at the Mixed World Championship in Switzerland.

Knapp was a Olympic pre-trial finalist in 2017 and was the World Universiade Games silver medalist in 2015. This is her first women’s provincial.

Meakin joined the team as coach during playdowns.

“He is Breanne’s dad and has a wealth of curling knowledge and experience both as a player and a coach,” Campbell said.

The third said she’s excited to play in Humboldt, where there’s friends and family close by.

“We are expecting good crowds and a fun week of curling against the best teams in Saskatchewan,” Campbell said. “We will put on a good show for the fans, hopefully winning some of them over and building our cheering section”

Team Streifel is based out of Regina’s Highland Curling Club. On the Canadian Team Ranking System, they are ranked 19th nationally.

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