The 2018 Home Hardware Canada Cup comes to Affinity Place in Estevan, Sask., Dec. 5-9. Get to know the teams that will compete for the prestigious title:
The second-best team at last season’s Scotties Tournament of Hearts is off to a flying start in 2018-19, despite three changes to Kerri Einarson’s Manitoba-based foursome.
A runner-up to fellow Manitoban Jennifer Jones in the most recent national women’s curling championship, Einarson began to receive calls of interest once it became known that her team was disbanding in anticipation of the next Olympics cycle.
Shannon Birchard and Briane Meilleur – both of Manitoba – expressed their interest in joining Einarson’s crew. Both offered to move down the rotation and away from their usual skipping duties. When Alberta skip Val Sweeting came calling to fill out the rink, Birchard and Meilleur dropped down to fill the second and lead positions to comprise a team of four skips.
The newly-formed foursome has enjoyed success early this season, winning four straight events and making it to a fifth consecutive final before losing out to Chelsea Carey in the championship game of the Canad Inns Women’s Classic in Portage la Prairie, Man.
That loss ended an 11-game win streak and was part of an impressive stretch of 34-5 over those five Tour events against some stubborn competition.
Einarson, who made an exciting run to the Scotties Tournament of Hearts final as a Wild Card team, is joined by Sweeting, who is a two-time Scotties silver medallist; Birchard, who filled in for Kaitlyn Lawes on Jennifer Jones’ Scotties championship team which beat Einarson 8-6 last season; and Meilleur, who twice represented Manitoba at the Canadian Juniors, finishing third in 2011.
Sweeting is no stranger to the Home Hardware Canada Cup, having won the event in 2014 and finishing second in 2015.
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