Two Norman region mixed curling teams travelled to Winnipeg for the Chicken Chef mixed provincial championships, on March 22-26.
Farrol Asham’s Burntwood rink, made up of Jennifer Rolles, Jared Schumann and Kristin McLellan made up one half of the Norman contingent.
Kelly Peterson and her rink of Judy Peterson, Darcy Tower and Leone Jackson were in Winnipeg as Snow Lake’s representatives.
Peterson’s rink opened the championships with a 7-5 victory in their opening draw against Rae Kujanpaa’s Dauphin rink.
Asham’s rink was a little slower to get out of the gate, dropping their first two draws; first in a 6-4 defeat to Jared Kolomaya’s team from Dauphin, then later 7-6 to Sean Grassie’s Deer Lodge team, that would eventually finish atop the “Black Division”.
Peterson’s rink fell to Grassie in draw one of day two by a count of 9-6, while Asham’s team shook off two day one losses with a 6-4 victory over Rae Kujanpaa’s side.
Entering their fourth of seven draws, both Asham and Peterson’s team sat with 1-2 records, needing a victory to keep any hope alive to move on to the medal rounds.
Both rinks however, dropped close games to drop their records to 1-3, with Asham losing 7-5 to Fort Rouge’s David Kraichy, and Peterson dropping a 7-6 decision to Jared Kolomaya’s rink. The losses all but sealed the Norman rinks’ fate, putting any hope of making the medal round all but out of the picture.
The two rinks faced off against one another in their first draw of day three, with Asham defeating Peterson by a score of 8-5, officially leaving Peterson on the outside looking in at a 1-4 record, and putting Asham’s side at 2-3 at a very long shot to advance.
Asham’s rink rallied for their second win of the day in a 10-4 win over Jason Handford’s Manitou rink, to improve to a .500 record at 3-3. Peterson’s side was downed for the second time on day three in a 6-4 loss to Kelly Lauber’s rink from Pembina.
Farrol’s team would drop their final draw by a score of 9-8 to the same Lauber rink from Pembina that had downed Peterson’s team a day earlier. Peterson’s rink ended their championship on a winning note by defeating Jason Handford’s team by a count of 12-5.
The Burntwood rink would wrap their championship up with a record of 3-4 and good enough for fourth place in their division, while Peterson ended up with a 2-5 record and a sixth place finish in the division.
Terry McNamee’s rink from Brandon were the eventual winners of the championship, defeating David Kraichy of Fort Rouge by a score of 8-3.