The first team to qualify for Canada’s women’s national curling championship – outside of defending champion Jennifer Jones – was determined over the weekend as Nunavut’s representative was declared.
Jenine Bodner’s rink from the host Iqaluit Curling Club includes Jennifer Blaney at vice-skip (throwing fourth stones), second Alison Griffin (throwing third rocks), lead Megan Ingram and coach Susanne Martin. The team will represent the territory at the 2019 Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Sydney, N.S., Feb. 16-24.
Bodner, who throws second rocks while calling the game, twice defeated Robyn Mackey by 9-4 and 9-5 scores, and downed Sadie Pinksen 12-5 in a double round-robin event among the three teams.
“This year was a great year for Nunavut where we had three teams for both the men’s and women’s respective playdowns event,” Ingram relayed in an email.
At the 2018 Scotties in Penticton. B.C., Nunavut was represented by Amie Shackelton of the Iqaluit Curling Club, who finished 0-7. Bodner did appear at the 2016 Scotties pre-qualifying event in Grande Prairie, Alta., and, while playing lead, delivered the first stone for a Nunavut team to compete at the national women’s event.
Tickets for the 2019 Scotties are available on-line at curling.ca/tickets at the Centre 200 box office or by calling 902-564-2200.