Lee rink off to provincials

Two ladies originally from Stratton are one step away from the Scott Tournament of Hearts after their rink finished second at the district playdowns last weekend.
Angie Lee skipped while her sister, Andrea, played lead. Both these ladies hail from Stratton, but now are curling in Thunder Bay where they live.
Joining them on the ice was Amy Stachiw at third and second Kelli Smith. The Lees and Smith are curling together for the third year while Stachiw is the newcomer on the team.
Seven rinks—six from Thunder Bay and one from Longlac—competed at the district playdowns, which featured a round-robin format. The top two teams would earn berths to the provincials Jan. 27-Feb. 1 in Sudbury.
Andrea Lee said they were tied for second going into their final game, with their opponents also sporting a 3–2 record.
“It was close right up until the ninth end,” said Lee, who noted they scored five in that end to nail down the second berth to the provincials.
Of the four wins they had, Lee said two of them were easy but the other two went right down to the 10 end.
Lee said they’re not kidding themselves about how tough it will be at the provincials.
“One of the girls went and won one game. Another went and did not win a game,” she remarked. “We are setting our sights on winning two games. If we do better than that, great!”
The team is under new direction this season as Bruce Melville is coaching them. He brings Brier experience to the rink, having been there in 1998 as a competitor.
He also just returned from teaching curling clinics in Germany for three months.
Melville approached the team and said he would be interested in coaching them. They practise a couple of nights a week as well as play in a Monday night league.
Lee said the entire team gets along well and that they not only enjoy competing, but also have a lot of fun playing together.