February 23, 2012
Old rinkmates meet Thursday
By CON GRIWKOWSKY, QMI Agency
RED DEER, ALTA. - The last time Heather Smith-Dacey played in Red Deer, third Beth Iskiw and lead Laine Peters were on her foursome.
Now, they’re playing for Heather Nedohin’s Team Alberta.
“They’re doing well this year,” said Smith-Dacey. “They’re both great players so that doesn’t surprise me in the least.”
Smith-Dacey is looking to renew acquaintances with her former rinkmates.
And the timing couldn’t have been better.
Nova Scotia and Alberta meet in what’s shaping up as a crucial Thursday-night round-robin finale.
“I haven’t played them in forever,” said Smith-Dacey. “We hope it means something. With our record, it could mean something.”
Smith-Dacey’s team is starting to look like a spoiler after its 0-3 start. Smith-Dacey upended Team Canada in an extra end early Wednesday.
“Look at the field now, it’s crazy,” said the 2011 bronze medallist. “We’re a great team. We just haven’t shown our stuff yet. We’re finally starting to do that.”
For the first time in three Scotties appearances, Amber Holland team’s will not be Saskatchewan.
In tonight’s final round-robin game, they’ll be playing Saskatchewan.
“I think it’ll be a bit of a different feeling,” said third Kim Schneider. “We’ve played all those players lots of times. We’ve played them at the provincials before, but not at the Scotties.
“It doesn’t matter what jackets we’re wearing. We’re going to do what we have to do to control our own destiny.”
If nothing else, the huge contingent of Saskatchewan fans will be conflicted for at least one game.
“They’re each going to pull for their families,” said Schneider. “We’re all here to support each other, but at the same time, we’re each here to win.”
Whichever team the Saskatchewan fans plans to cheer for, chances are they’ll have one goal in mind.
“They’ll cheer, but at the end of the day, they’ll still go into the Heart Stop and have a drink, so that’s all good,” said Holland.
It’s been a memorable Scotties, full of highs and lows, for skip Kerry Galusha of the Territories.
Galusha got off to a hot start after winning the Hot Shots.
Then, she spent Tuesday in the sick bed as her team struggled.
“We started off pretty well and it’s turned into a pretty crappy week, I’m not going to lie,” said Galusha. “Yesterday was a big day for us. We were going for a 2-0 day. I got sick and there’s nothing I could do about it.
“Just bad timing. The (three healthy) girls did their best in the morning, but the night did not go well.
“In hindsight, I could have played last night, but I played it safe. What can you do?”
It’s not the first time Galusha has fallen ill during a curling competition.
“Up in Inuvik at the Territorial championships, I played and we ended up losing,” said Galusha. “I played and I should have, so that’s why I sat yesterday, thinking it was better for the team.”