Two-time champ Kelly Scott of Kelowna is in Charlottetown for the 2011 Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

Scott set for 6th Scotties

Kelowna rink opens against Newfoundland

After five previous trips to the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, you’d think the novelty just might have worn off.

Not so for Kelly Scott and her Kelowna rink who are more than happy to carry B.C.’s colours at the national women’s curling championship for a sixth time, beginning Saturday in Charlottetown, PEI.

“It never gets old,” said Scott. “It’s always an exciting week no matter how many times you’ve been before.

“This is the first time we’ve ever been to PEI, so that’s new to us,” Scott added. “Anything out east is a real hoot and we’re looking forward to being part of that.”

As is always the case, Scott expects tough competition from a strong field at Scotties, featuring a handful of the country’s elite rinks.

Among them are longtime rival Jennifer Jones of Team Canada, Alberta’s Shannon Kleibrink, Amber Holland of Saskatchewan, and Cathy Overton-Clapham of Manitoba.

Scott’s past experiences at nationals, combined with another solid season on the World Cup circuit, should also make her a serious contender for the team’s first Canadian title in four years.

Scott’s performance last month at the B.C. championship was particularly encouraging as the Kelowna curlers battled through some adversity and close games to emerge with their fourth provincial title in seven seasons.

“We’ve worked really hard on some things this year,” said Scott. “I think everyone has had a real good, focused approach this year, and we never give up, we fight hard to the final rock. We enjoy the challenges and those close games and have thrived on that. Hopefully that will help us at the Scotties.”

Scott is joined in Charlottetown by third Jeanna Schraeder, second Sasha Carter, lead Jacquie Armstrong and fifth/alternate Shannon Aleksic. With Carter expecting her first child in mid-April, the Scott rink will monitor their second closely over the course of the week. If Carter feels she is unable to play in all the games, Aleksic is avaliable to step in at any moment.

“It’s a grueling week,” said Scott, “and Sasha will decide when she wants to play.”

The Scott rink won the 2006 and 2007 Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

In 2010 in Sault Ste. Marie, the Kelowna team reached the playoffs before losing to Ontario’s Krista McCarville.

In PEI, Scott will open the Scotties on Saturday against Newfoundland/Labrador.

whenderson@kelownacapnews.com

Just Posted

West Kelowna’s music in the park will rock this Friday

This Friday’s Music in the Park will feature rock and country group… Continue reading

Extreme fire danger in the Okanagan-Shuswap

The fire danger rating hits extreme or high in areas of the Okanagan- Shuswap

Get Moonstruck at Kelowna theatre event

New Vintage Theatre will honour actor Nicolas Cage on July 21

Opera Under The Stars at UBCO

Opera Kelowna will stage Bizet’s Carmen in the Kelowna campus courtyard Aug. 1

Busy day for Central Okanagan Search And Rescue

Two calls and wildfire training kept COSAR volunteers hopping Sunday

Course veterans seize victory in Peach City Classic

The first place titles in this year’s triathlon belonged to returning competitors.

Unbeaten streak halted, but Sun Devils clinch

Kelowna Sun Devils lose first games of the 18U AAA season but wrap up top spot

Riptide, CVUSC paved the way for varsity soccer players

Chloe Gummer has become a leader at VIU

B.C. woman disappointed after family asked for ID at townhouse complex pool

Surrey woman says it’s not the first time she has experienced racial profiling at the complex

Park pipeline protesters say arrest is a ‘declaration of war’

Group behind North Thompson River Provincial Park occupation protest says arrest is ‘declaration of war’

A day of deals at Amazon, and at its rivals

Online retail giant extends annual ‘Prime Day’ promotion to 36 hours

Alert B.C. campers raise alarm and avert potential propane disaster

Salmon Arm camper lodges a complaint with Technical Safety BC after motorhome tank is over-filled.

Falcons swept by Pickles, WCL hits all-star break

Kelowna loses three West Coast League games in Portland

Extreme Okanagan weather preparedness in spring

Ensuring family and homes are safe in Vernon

Most Read