Terry Jones: Alberta Scotties sees former teammates face off

Terry Jones: Alberta Scotties sees former teammates face off

OKOTOKS — It was three years in the past it occurred.Kelsey Rocque was a school child skipping two completely different groups. She was juggling her College of Alberta research with skipping the Pandas intercollegiate workforce whereas additionally skipping an elite calibre World Curling Tour foursome that includes Laura Crocker at third.Rocque’s school workforce ended up successful the Canadian crown and the proper to signify Canada on the World College Video games in Almaty, Kazakhstan.One teeny, weeny, itsy bitsy, tiny little downside.The occasion was scheduled for a similar week because the Alberta Scotties, the place her senior squad was thought of a severe contender.Rocque had to choose.She selected her one and solely alternative to curve for Canada on the Universiade and made it appear to be an excellent alternative certainly by going to Kazakhstan and successful the gold medal.However the alternative she needed to make left Crocker sitting within the stands on the provincial Scotties in St. Albert.Quick-forward to the 2020 Sentinel Storage Alberta Scotties Match of Hearts that started right here Wednesday.Rocque and Crocker, now Walker, are each right here skipping groups with an opportunity to win their first provincial title to get to their first Scotties Match of Hearts scheduled for subsequent month in Moose Jaw, Sask. And their possibilities simply acquired higher with the very first draw of the occasion.With defending champion Chelsea Carey, of Calgary, already into subsequent month’s Scotties championship in Moose Jaw as Workforce Canada, the favorite right here grew to become Casey Scheidegger, of Lethbridge, the 2018 provincial champion who additionally certified as a wildcard entry final yr.Scheidegger was coming back from giving beginning solely eight weeks in the past and was completely eviscerated, 12-5, by a largely unknown second-year workforce skipped by Krysta Hilker of St. Albert.Whereas Walker required an additional finish to eliminate Nicky Kaufman, of Lacombe, whereas Rocque needed to battle from a 5-5 tie after eight ends to defeat Marla Sherrer, additionally of Lacombe, they not less than averted wrecking early themselves.So this units up as the ladies’s curling model of Matthew Tkachuk versus Zack Kassian?Stand down, they each say. There will probably be no predator-type hits or rag-dolling occurring on the market on the ice at Murray Area, the place the AJHL’s Okotoks Oilers play.“They’re an ideal workforce and so they’re nonetheless nice pals of ours. Taylor McDonald performed with most of them in her college profession and continues to be near them,” Walker stated. “We ended on good phrases as former teammates. Taylor and Kelsey have been each on the workforce that went to the Universiade, and myself an Jen Gates, who’s now curling with Krista McCarville in Ontario, have been those who sat out that provincials because of this.“Taylor and Kelsey went on to win that gold medal and that’s an expertise I’m so glad they have been in a position to have.“Certain, we might have received that provincials, however we would not have. Jen and I have been thrilled for Taylor and Kelsey and might’t think about ever taking that away from them.”Rocque stated that whereas she made the choice extra irritating than she wanted to, it was mainly a no brainer.“Laura is a unbelievable participant and an ideal competitor. Clearly the choice between selecting to play with one workforce in provincials and the opposite at Universiade was troublesome in that it affected teammates.“However I do stand by it no matter the results of successful the gold medal.”It got here right down to sporting the purple Maple Leaf and competing for Canada greater than the chance to win gold.“Many nice gamers by no means have the chance to put on the Maple Leaf and that was one thing that you would be able to’t go up merely since you by no means know while you could possibly put on it once more,” she stated.Humorous the best way it labored out.Roque, Crocker, McDonald and Gates would play collectively within the 2018 Alberta Scotties received by Scheidegger. They misplaced their first sport in each A and B occasions and misplaced to Val Sweeting after lastly successful a pair video games in C Occasion.Rocque got here again final yr with Dannielle Schmiemann, Rebecca Konschuh and Jesse Isles whereas Walker attached with veterans Cathy Overton Clapton, Lori Olson-Johns and Laine Peters.They met in B Occasion, with Rocque successful 8-7, earlier than dropping the ultimate to Carey. Walker missed the playoffs.Rocque is right here with one lineup change, including lead Jesse Marlow to the combination.Walker is again with second McDonald and new teammates Kate Cameron at third and Nadine Scotland at lead.“Danielle, Jess and I performed juniors collectively and Becca has been a unbelievable version,” stated Rocque of the best way her workforce has advanced. “We’re all very shut in age and knew coming collectively we might stick collectively for some time and actually develop as a workforce. We’ve performed extra this season and actually put a number of work in as a workforce, so we’re trying ahead to placing it to the check this week at provincials.”Rocque and Walker are ranked sixth and seventh within the nation, solely 15 factors aside. They face one another Thursday.E-mail: [email protected] Twitter: @ByTerryJones

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