The Hay River ladies’ curling team travelled to the Dominion Curling Club Inaugural Championships in Toronto last week to represent “Team NWT” and compete against other curlers from across the nation.
The Dominion Curling Club Championship is Canada’s first-ever national championship for club curlers. The best curlers from every province and territory gathered to compete.
The Hay River ladies – Deb Stanley, Lorraine Peterson, Davida Delorey, and Rita Moizis – played seven games throughout the tournament. Stanley, the skip of the team, said that although the team didn’t win anything, the games were fun.
“The competition was pretty stiff,” she said. “It was very, very good competition.”
Stanley, who had been curling with a sore shoulder, said the team put up a good fight.
“Our curling was up to par,” she said.
She said because of Hay River’s curling sheets, the team was underprepared.
“Whenever Hay River competes somewhere else, we fight the ice because it’s much faster,” she said, noting that Hay River’s sheets are maintained by volunteers, not by a professional. “Our ice is very slow and very dirty.”
Also representing the NWT in Toronto was a mens curling team from Yellowknife.
The champions of the mens tournament were Chatham Granite Club from Ontario, and Toronto’s High Park Curling Club for the women.
The championship also welcomed a high-rolling guest list, including world champion Canadian curler and Olympic hopeful Glenn Howard, 1998 Olympic Silver Medalist Mike Harris, and multi-time provincial curling champion Sherry Middaugh.
Although the Hay River ladies qualified for the next championships in March, the team will not be attending due to personal engagements.