Kelsey Rocque is fresh out of juniors and ready to make a statement in women’s curling. She and her teammates will make their first appearance at a Home Hardware Canada Cup, presented by Meridian Manufacturing, event.
Rocque made history when she became the first Canadian junior women’s skip to win back-to-back world championships in 2014 and 2015. What’s even more impressive is that she completed this feat with two different line-ups.
Rocque has earned a reputation as a solid skip, and now it’s time to see if her success translates to the women’s game. Rocque rejoins her 2014 World Junior Curling Championship teammate Taylor McDonald, who plays second. They’re joined by third Laura Crocker, and lead Jennifer Gates.
Team Rocque begins its 2015 Home Hardware Canada Cup round robin schedule with a game against Team Kristy McDonald of Manitoba at 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 2. Youth and experience will be put to the test at 1:30 p.m. when the rookie Rocque plays Sherry Middaugh, the winning skip of the inaugural Canada Cup event in 2003.
On Dec. 4 Team Rocque will face some big challenges as the team gets to the halfway point of the round robin. First the team will play 2013 and 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts winner Team Rachel Homan at 1:30 p.m. At 6:30 p.m. Rocque and her team will play 2015 Scotties champion and Olympic gold medallists, Team Jennifer Jones. Rocque will be on the ice against Jones’s third Kaitlyn Lawes. They’re the last two junior women skips to win back-to-back Canadian Junior Curling Championships.
A strong performance will be needed from Rocque and her team on Dec. 4, the final day of the women’s round robin. First, Rocque will play defending Home Hardware Canada Cup Champion Team Val Sweeting at 8:30 a.m. Rocque’s team will end round robin play with a game against Northern Ontario’s Team Tracy Fleury. The game could mean all or nothing, depending on the standings.
Watch the battle of wits on ice at the 2015 Home Hardware Canada Cup this Dec. 2-6 in Grande Prairie!
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