Middaugh finds rink renewal

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:32 AM ET

Getting to throw a few rocks on Thanksgiving weekend is gravy for Sherry Middaugh.

The Ontario skip is competing in the Autumn Gold Curling Classic at the Calgary Curling Club while husband Wayne, a two-time world champion, is a province away, also chasing a cashspiel payout.

"My husband is curling in B.C. this weekend so we'll just have to have some turkey at the curling club," said Sherry Middaugh, who edged Amber Holland 10-9 last night in a C-event semifinal.

In other afternoon games, it was Cheryl Bernard 8 Cathy King 5, Shannon Kleibrink 6 Deb Santos 5, Heather Rankin 10 Liudmila Privivkova 4, Stephanie Lawton 6 Bingyu Wang 4, Kelly Scott 8 Kerry Koe 7, Krista Scharf 10 Kyla MacLachlan 2 and Jenn Hanna 9 Renee Sonnenberg 8.

Middaugh is in Calgary with a newly formed rink including Kim Moore, Kate Hamer and Andra Harmark.

Her third from last season, Kirsten Wall, is back home in Ontario expecting her first child next month.

"Change is always exciting and so is working with new dynamics," Middaugh said.

"We've talked about bringing (Wall) back for playdowns but it's hard when the season starts in December. We've told her to just enjoy her family and her new baby."

Middaugh said piecing together a new rink and throwing them into a top-flight event like the Autumn Gold is made easier by her young team's poise.

"Kim's probably the most experienced, having been to nationals before, so she was a natural choice after skipping a rink the last few years on her own. Then we picked up a young front end with a lot of experience but you have to look at personalities, too ...

"We've lost a couple of close one's this weekend but the nice thing about this event is every team is allowed three losses, so you can still have a couple of bad games and come through the C-event."


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