Both of Brandon’s entries at the provincial Scotties Tournament of Hearts came to Stonewall looking to gain experience, have fun and win a couple games.
Stacey Fordyce and Liza Park accomplished all of those goals.
Fordyce and her team of Kelsey Russill, Janelle Schwindt and Roslynn Ripley are in their first year together as a team and just wanted to experience of playing at the provincial level.
They got it and had a couple highlights as they beat 2011 provincial champion Cathy Overton-Clapham during the opening day and were the only squad in the Red Group to defeat the pool champion Colleen Kilgallen, who exited the competition after losing the semifinal 6-3 to Barb Spencer.
Fordyce admitted her team has a long way to go in order to be competitive at the Scotties, but she’s happy with the way the week went.
“We’re taking a lot of experience,” said Fordyce, who posted a 2-5 record after dropping a 7-5 decision to Dauphin’s Lisa Menard Saturday morning.
“We played some of the top teams and came out with wins against some of the top seeds. We’re extremely happy about that.
“Obviously we have some work to do. We struggled with some of our games and we need some more consistency, but we’re really happy with the way the week has gone. We stuck it out and had a good time and that was our goal. We were happy to get some wins out of it too.”
Menard finished 1-6.
Park, meanwhile, avoided getting skunked at the Scotties by beating Thompson’s Charlene Norquay 10-6 in their last game to post a 1-6 record.
Park didn’t have high hopes at the Scotties as her team of Darla Hayward, Pam Robins and Kortney Teale hadn’t played together very much this season.
She was just happy to represent Westman for the ninth time.
“I didn’t get skunked, so that’s a bonus. We pulled off a win,” said Park, who hopes to make her 10th Scotties appearance next year at Virden.
“There were a couple shots I want back and I would have liked a couple closer games, but all in all a lot of these curlers have thrown 45, 50-plus games this season. We’ve maybe had 20 and as a team, maybe 15 or 10. We learned a lot and had a lot of fun and were glad to be able to represent Westman there.”
No Westman-based players made the playoffs either.
Brandon’s Kristen Phillips and Elkhorn’s Brittany Cousins play for Jill Thurston, who finished 3-4 after losing their Scotties finale 8-5 in an extra end to Overton-Clapham.
Souris’ Michelle Kruk, Darcy Robertson’s lead, also left Stonewall with a 3-4 record after losing 10-4 to Chelsea Carey on Saturday.