Lois Fowler is out for redemption this weekend with a new-look squad.
The Brandon skip is the No. 1 seed at the Manitoba senior women's curling championship, which begins this morning in Altona.
Fowler lost last year's final to Souris' Joyce McDougall, who is the No. 2 seed this year. Minnedosa' Jean Garbolinsky is No. 3, while Morris' Chris Scalena is No. 4.
"It's an honour to be seeded No. 1, but it's basically a spot in the draw," Fowler said yesterday from Altona. "You have to go curl well and get off to a good start."
Fowler made two changes to her team this year, adding Minto's Gwen Wooley at third and Morden's Lynn Sandercock at lead. Pilot Mound's Lori Manning remains at second.
Fowler hopes to become the second member of her family to qualify for a national curling championship this season. Her son, Rob, is the second for Manitoba men's champ Jeff Stoughton.
"I hope we have that problem," she said. "I hope I have to come home from the Brier to get ready to go to Trois-Rivieres."
The last six senior women's titles have been won by three teams: McDougall, Fort Rouge's Linda Van Daele and St. Vital's Elaine Jones.