Two Kentville curlers heading to the Scotties Tournament of Hearts

Published on February 6, 2017

The winning curling team includes: Skip Mary Mattatall, left, Third Marg Cutcliff, Second Jill Alcoe-Holland, and Lead Andrea Saulnier.


KENTVILLE NS - Two Glooscap curlers are feeling great about heading to the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in St. Catherine’s, Ont. from Feb. 18-26.

The Mattatall team has two Glooscap Curling Club members on the front end: Jill Alcoe-Holland and Andrea Saulnier. This is the first time Kentville curlers have ever made it to the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. 

Team Mattatall had an impressive 6-1 record last week at the Scotties Provincial play downs in Halifax before defeating defending champ Jill Brothers in the final 10-4 in seven ends.

The team, which plays out of the Windsor Curling Club, played consistently all week as they remained at the top of the field, Alcoe-Holland said.   

“The field was very close,” she noted. “It came down to the last shot.”

As they prepare for the Scotties, the retired teacher said the team will be competing for the provincial senior women’s title.

“Rumour has it we will be the oldest team to participate in the Scotties Tournament of Hearts this year and maybe the oldest ever,” says Alcoe-Holland.

She noted that the average age of the women on the team is 58.5.

Skip Mary Mattatall and her Third, Marg Cutcliff, belong to the Mayflower Club in Metro Halifax. According to Alcoe-Holland, the foursome decided to meet up in Windsor to practise this year.

“That means they get the banner,” she noted.

The two Halifax curlers have played in the Scotties before, Alcoe-Holland said, “but we had never played at the nationals. You’ll be able to watch it on TV.”

Bruce Lohnes is coaching the curlers. Alcoe-Holland expects he will be helpful making decisions about match stones. The alternate on the team is Julie McEvoy.