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
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,
“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.