NEW GLASGOW – Last season the MacAulay rink out of the Bluenose Curling Club in New Glasgow hoped to win the N.S. Dominion Women’s Club Championship, but after winning last year it has become a goal.
“I think this year we definitely want it even more if that’s even possible,” said third Kerri Denny. “I think last year we were just hoping to win, but this year we plan on winning and it’s a set goal for us. We’d like to return because we had such a great time at nationals last year that we know what we’re missing if we don’t make it, which makes us want it even more.”
The team made up of Marian MacAulay (skip), Denny (third), Gilda Chisholm (second) and Ann MacLean (lead) kick off this weekend’s provincial event at the Wolfville Curling Club at 11:30 a.m. against Kelly McCabe from the Greenwood Curling Club. Denny said although the team is hoping to repeat that they realize that all teams will want to beat them more so than last year because they’re defending champions.
“I think there’s definitely a ‘target’ on our back for sure,” said Denny. “Teams will want to beat us because we certainly felt that way last year when we were playing the team that had won the previous year. It felt good to beat that team because we knew we could win the whole thing if we could do that. It’s going to be difficult to repeat and we aren’t going there expecting it to be an easy thing to do, but it’s the goal of ours.”
In preparation for the provincial event on top of regular league play, they played in the Ship Hector Curling Bonspiel, took on the 2013 N.S. senior women’s champion team skip by Colleen Pinkney and have practiced more.
“We had to raise our level of play against Colleen and we played against the guys (Team Sangster) on Tuesday, but other than that there’s not a lot of teams around to set games up with,” she said. “It’s mainly been practicing and putting in extra throwing rocks to get ready for when we’re away.”
This year Denny said the team has improved their communication the most, which has led to them helping each other on the ice.
“I think the biggest thing we’ve improved is the communication between the four of us when we’re on the ice during the game,” she said. “Just calling weight and being able to adjust to different ice conditions and being able to talk to each other about adjustments that we need to make – I think we’ve really come together as a team and improved our communication since last year.”
Wayne Sangster’s team, also curling out of New Glasgow will be defending their title this weekend as well. They are at the Digby Curling Club, starting at 11:30 a.m. as well.
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