Defending Manitoba senior women’s champion Sandra Cowling will defend her title next week at Winnipeg’s Deer Lodge Curling Club as the top seed.
The Hamiota skip, third Sheila Gregory, second Jackie Brooks and lead Jeannine Skayman defeated Neepawa’s Terry Ursel 5-4 in last year’s final to advance to nationals.
Barb Spencer of Winnipeg is the second seed, followed by Killarney’s Deb Collyer at No. 3, Kim Link of East St. Paul at No. 4 and Ursel, who is the fifth seed in the 10-team field.
Cowling is in the Red Group with Link, Laurie Deprez of Stonewall, Winnipeg’s Brenda Michel and Bev Atkins of Manitou.
Collyer, Ursel and Spencer are joined in the Black Group by Stonewall’s Arlene Deprez and Maureen Bonar, who lives in Brandon.
On the men’s side, Randy Neufeld of La Salle captured the crown last year by beating Bob Sigurdson 6-5 at the Fort Rouge club and, like Cowling, will defend his title as the No. 1 seed.
Kelly Robertson of Neepawa is the second seed, Granite clubmates Mark Lukowich and Mark Franklin are seeded third and fourth, respectively, while Brandon’s Murray Warren is the fifth seed.
Butch Mouck of Gilbert Plains, Gil Van Daele of Brandon and Deloraine’s Kelly McMechan are also in the 16-team field, which is split into groups of eight.
Provincials runs from Feb. 23 to 26.
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