The third time was the charm for Moose Jaw’s Penny Barker at the 2022 Saskatchewan women’s curling championship.
Barker defeated the Highland’s Chelsea Carey 7-5 in Sunday’s final of the provincial Scotties Tournaments of Hearts. The victory came in the third game that the veteran skips had played against each other at the event.
Carey had the advantage in the previous two games, beating Barker 10-9 in Saturday’s 1 vs. 2 Page Playoff game at the Assiniboia Curling Club. Carey had earlier defeated Barker 6-4 in Friday’s A-event final.
Moose Jaw skip Penny Barker, centre, delivers a rock during the Saskatchewan women’s curling championship final in Assiniboia on Sunday. Also shown is lead Danielle Sicinski, left, and second Jenna Enge, right. HALI BOOTH/EXPRESSIONS PHOTOGRAPHY
On Sunday, Barker , third Christie Gamble, second Jenna Enge and lead Danielle Sicinski came through when it really mattered to capture the provincial title, running Carey out of stones in the 10th end.
“It didn’t really matter what had happened previously,” Barker said Sunday from Assiniboia. “We were just one of two teams in the final and it’s a one-game showdown. We just focused on our shots. We had two really good games against them. We knew that if we could make a couple more shots, that would put us in a good position to win. We did that and it feels great.”
Barker’s Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre team and coach Mark Lang advance to the national championship, Jan. 28-Feb. 6 in Thunder Bay, Ont.
It’s the second provincial women’s title for Barker and Sicinski, who shared in the 2017 Saskatchewan championship. Barker was the skip and Sicinski was the lead with Deanna Doig at third and Lorraine Schneider throwing second stones.
“It’s a little different than the first championship, but it’s just as amazing,” Barker said. “We’ve done a lot of work towards just getting back. We’re so excited that we pulled it out and all of the hard work paid off. We’ll just keep going from here.”
Carey, who was curling with third Jolene Campbell, second Stephanie Schmidt and lead Jennifer Armstrong, is a two-time Canadian women’s champion. She won nationals titles as a skip while curling out of Alberta in 2016 and 2019.
At the 2022 provincial championship, Barker edged Kronau’s Amber Holland 5-3 in Sunday’s semifinal. Barker executed a short angle raise to score two in the 11th end to beat Holland. Holland defeated North Battleford’s Robyn Silvernagle 6-5 in Saturday’s 3 vs. 4 Page Playoff game.
In Sunday’s final, Barker opened up a 5-2 fifth-end lead over Carey thanks in part to steals of one in the first, fourth and fifth ends. The Moose Jaw team also scored two in the third end. Carey scored two in the second end.
Barker grabbed control of the match in the eighth end when Carey was heavy on a pair of draws. Barker then drew for two with backing and a commanding 7-4 lead.
In the ninth end, Carey drew for one against three to reduce Barker’s lead to 7-5. Barker, however, had the hammer in the 10th end.
Barker captured the provincial title by executing an open hit to run Carey out of stones.
The Saskatchewan result means the field for the national championship is close to being filled out.
Here are the skips who have qualified or have been selected for the 2020 national championship: Kerri Einarson (Team Canada); Mary-Anne Arsenault (B.C.); Laura Walker (Alberta); Barker; Mackenzie Zacharias (Manitoba); Krista McCarville (Northern Ontario); Rachel Homan (Ontario); Laurie St-Georges (Quebec); Christina Black (Nova Scotia); Andrea Crawford (New Brunswick); Suzanne Birt (Prince Edward Island); Hailey Birnie (Yukon); Kerry Galusha (Northwest Territories); Sarah Hill (Newfoundland and Labrador); and, Brigette MacPhail (Nunavut).