Englot glad to be back at Scotties
By CON GRIWKOWSKY, QMI Agency
RED DEER, ALTA. - She hasn’t made the playoff round since 1992.
And, her last appearance at the Scotties in 2008 was wracked with emotion.
Saskatchewan’s Michelle Englot is just thankful her seventh Scotties appearance is going as well as it has.
The day before the 2008 Scotties started, Englot’s father Joe died. She soldiered through her grieving period with a 5-6 record, at times being overcome with emotion on the ice.
“It was definitely the toughest week of my life,” said Englot. “I battled through it. Looking back at it, it was all kind of a haze. I remember my first Scotties in 1988 better than than I remember the one in ’08.
“I was fortunate that I had tons of family and tons of support. We were lucky to be in Regina, which was home.”
Englot never thought for a moment that she would step aside. Despite her emotional state, she carried on.
“I know my dad would have wanted me to play and that’s why I battled through it,” Englot said. “All of our siblings are here, all my kids are here ... Roberta (second Materi, who’s been with Englot 14 of the last 16 seasons) has seven-year-old triplets and Lana’s (third Vey) baby’s here, and my boys.”
“It wasn’t just about me needing a redo, it was about the whole family and that’s why they’re all here. We’re really looking forward to having all the support throughout this week.”
With Team Canada being from Saskatchewan and it being the next province over, there are more than a few fans wearing Saskatchewan green here.
“It’s incredible,” said Englot. “It’s almost like being in front of a hometown crowd. It’s nice to have two teams here. We have a strong field of women curlers in Saskatchewan. We’re probably not as deep of a field as Alberta or Manitoba, but we’re fairly solid, so it’s nice to have the second spot going to our province once in a while.”