Saskatchewan teams thriving
She knows how to win.
Skip Susan Lang's Regina rink is long on experience bred in a province famous for quality women's teams. Their experience puts them at the top of the leaderboard (5-1) at the World Financial Group Canadian Seniors at the Ottawa Hunt Club.
With more than 100 games under their brush heads this season, the rink is proving to be tough to beat. "We prepare one game at a time. You don't look at the standings; you don't look at your competition, it's red rocks against yellow rocks. You do what you would have done back home for a Thursday night club game" explained Lang.
Their only loss so far was to P.E.I. on Tuesday morning in her typical, low-scoring match that ended 6-5.
Coming into the event, the soft-spoken skip "thought we would be near the top -- that was our expectation."
She isn't myopic about her chances, either.
"It's just really strong, good strategists out there, good technical curlers out there. You're not going to out-experience them. We are playing against people that make it difficult to win a game."
Lang's squad played senior events within her province as well as women's events where they made some money. They also competed in Saskatchewan's Scotties Tournament of Hearts. "We were in the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, but we didn't curl as well as we could have. But we made it there and in our province that's an accomplishment. We didn't make it, but we had a very strong season and were pleased with what we've done so far."
Birthdays played an important part in choosing players. "We joined teams based on birthdays because seniors has an age threshold so we aimed to be a good women's team who just happens to qualify for seniors."
Brad Heidt, her Saskatchewan male counterpart is also atop the men's standings. When asked if they help each out during the week Lang pauses. It turns out there is a fierce rivalry between the two curling families -- at men's, women's and juniors. But this team doesn't need help.
Lang sums it up this way.
"When you come out of Saskatchewan playing Michelle Englot, Sherry Anderson, Jan Betker, Stefanie Lawton, we just prepare the same way we come out and play how we want to play, throw the weight we got to throw, then good things happen."