Remember Sandra Schmirler's team of 1998, winners of the Olympic Gold Medal in Nagano, Japan? It's been a some time since then, and while all players are seemingly "retired" from competitive play, they're still proving they've got game.
The remaining three players from the lineup, Jan Betker, Marcia Gudereit and Joan McCusker reunited this weekend with Sherry Linton for a special invitation to play in the International Bernese Ladies Cup in Switzerland. And qualified! The team began listed under Betker, but after a tough first game, Joan McCusker took over the skipping duties.
Mike Harris' knowledge rubbing off on her a little?
The team plays in the Quarterfinals again Suzanne Birt at 2am Eastern time. A side-note on Birt's trip to Berne, which was a result of winning the Curl Atlantic Championship in September, a new event built to give teams in the Atlantic regions more opportunities to play on arena ice and travel abroad. This should setup Birt well for upcoing Scotties playdowns.
Congratulations to the Goldline TCA Men's Bonspiel Champions, Greg Balsdon of Richmond Hill in the Open Division, Gary McCullough of Thornhill in the Senior Division and Mike Shields of York in the Senator Division.
Some Quick Hitters:
Delays in the birth Jill Officer's child Camryn may see her miss her expected return date to Team Jennifer Jones in the Manitoba Scotties. A big loss for the team in what will be a hotly contested provincial with Chelsea Carey and Cathy Overton-Clapham also in attendance.
Ontario Challenge Rounds are taking place for the Scotties, and Tankard East and West playdowns. Sherry Middaugh punched her ticket to the Provincial Scotties in Kenora, after a great season. If Middaugh can win the Provincials, she'll set herself up well to claim the 2nd Olympic Trials berth directly to Winnipeg as she's sitting 2nd on the CTRS list, with Jones already qualified through.
John Epping's playdown season is also over, dropping two games in the East Challenge Round, completing a stunning fall after reaching the final of the GP Car & Home Grand Slam event in Sault Ste Marie in November.