WINNIPEG - You don't usually see the terms "grizzled" and "rookie" used together, but there might not be a better description for Manitoba's rep at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.
It's true Chelsea Carey's first rock in Montreal, Saturday, will be her first Scotties rock, ever, and the same can be said of teammates Kristy McDonald, Kristen Foster and Lindsay Titheridge.
But to say they are your typical Scotties newbies, destined to wilt under the national glare and grovel for the crumbs left by the pre-bonspiel favourites, would be a mistake.
At least, that's what they're hoping to prove.
"For a team that's never been to the Scotties, we're about as experienced as you could be," Carey, 29, was saying, Wednesday. "We're not overly concerned about that.
"We've been knocking at the door for a while now. Some of us even more than others. It's been a long road, a long four years. But it all became worth it when we finally won."