Junior standout readies for WCT debut
|Jocelyn Peterman and her team will be joining a long list of top women's rinks from around the world this weekend in Calgary. (Ian MacAlpine/QMI Agency/Files)
CALGARY - You can’t help but appreciate the response Canadian junior women’s champion Jocelyn Peterman provides when asked what curling rule she would change if she could.
“I would change the rule that the rock is out when it touches the boards,” the Calgary curler says in a recent Canadian Curling Association feature.
“Because I think the game would be so fun if we could play shots off the side boards.”
While it may seem quite unlikely such an idea would ever be part of today’s game, the 19-year-old’s way of thinking is refeshing at the very least.
Perhaps it’ll be this sort of creativity from Peterman that will guide her, third Brittany Tran, second Rebecca Konschuh and lead Kristine Anderson to further success as they begin competing on the women’s World Curling Tour.
The $54,000 Curlers Corner Autumn Gold Classic returns to Calgary this weekend, Oct. 5-8, and it’s where Peterman & Co. will be joining a long list of top women’s rinks from around the world.
For Peterman, the team’s WCT tournament debut is exciting for her and teammates, all of whom now live and study in Calgary.
“We’re are excited, for sure,” Peterman, a Mount Royal University student, said of this weekend’s event at the Calgary Curling Club.
“Especially because this is our first World Curling Tour event. We’re definitely looking forward to it,” Peterman said.
“We’ll also play in the Red Deer Curling Classic on the women’s tour. Competing in both of these events will be exciting for us.”
Last season, Peterman & Co. captured Canada’s junior women’s title and represented Canada at the World Junior Championships in Sweden.
The young skip said she expects the jump to women’s competition to be challenging, but not so much that she isn’t hopeful to be playing in Monday’s playdown.
“I think it would be great for us as a team if we were able to qualify this weekend,” Peterman said in acknowledging a solid field at the Classic once again.
“If we were to qualify, that would be exciting.”
Reigning national women’s champion Heather Nedohin of Edmonton, 2010 Olympic silver medallist Cheryl Bernard of Calgary, as well as defending Autumn Gold champion Cathy Overton-Clapham of Winnipeg are among a list of 32 teams in the triple-knockout 8-qualifier tournament.
Top teams in town
Nedohin and Team Jennifer Jones have each qualified for the 2013 Olympic Trials.
So far, they’re the lone women’s teams officially into the eight-team trials next winter in Winnipeg.
Third Kaitlyn Lawes has been filling in at skip for Jones, who continues to recover from off-season knee surgery.
Lawes, along with spare third Kirsten Wall, second Jill Officer and lead Dawn Askin, prevailed at The Shoot-Out last month in Edmonton.
The Winnipeg-based rink had to get past Calgary’s Crystal Webster in final at The Shoot-Out.
Webster, third Erin Carmody, second Geri-Lynn Ramsay and lead Samantha Preston were semifinalists at the 2011 Alberta Scotties and the rink enters the Autumn Gold having reached the playoff round in Vernon, B.C.