RED DEER, ALTA. - There's a good chance that rabid Saskatchewan fans will be burning loveable loser Kerry Galusha in effigy Friday morning.
Galusha finished her week beating Team Canada and eliminating Saskatchewan to tie her all-time best Scotties record of 4-7.
“I know,” said Galusha, who will be heading home in the opposite direction of the Regina-based teams. “Oh, oh. Sorry.
“You know, I really love Team Canada. I just adore them. Obviously, I wanted to win, but I felt like … I just love those girls. I’m rootin’ for them. They’re a good team.”
It turned out to be a memorable week for the sister of Alberta men’s champion Kevin Koe.
Seems that Galusha knows how to play both ends.
It’s just the middle that she has trouble with.
Galusha won two of her first three starts. It was that six-game losing streak in the middle, during which Galusha had to miss one day with the flu bug, that denied her a fifth win.
“It was the flu,” said Galusha. “It was all about the flu. That day I got sick when we played Quebec/Ontario, to me they were two winnable games. I got sick and put all the pressure on my teammates.
“We really could have been there. It would have been nice to get five, maybe six. We had such a good week going and it went downhill so fast. Last night, we were sitting there and saying, ‘Why? Why us?’ Things happen. We were all in tears. It was frustrating.
“We just wanted to come out and play well against two strong teams, played like we can and we did.”
The flu bug hit three members of the Territories team, a devastating development.
“Especially for me, the skip,” said Galusha. “It was just such a blow for our team. We had such high hopes. Obviously, today we showed what kind of team we could be. We wanted to finish strong and we did.”
EXTRA ENDS: Kim Dolan of PEI finished off her 100th Scotties appearance in style, posting a convincing 11-4 win over New Brunswick.