Jackson rink enjoyed experience at nationals

Jamie Mountain

While the results may not have gone their way, Team Jackson is looking back fondly on their time at the Travelers Curling Club national championship last week in Miramichi, N.B.
The rink, featuring Kathie Jackson (skip), Michelle McFayden (lead), Jacquee Loerzel (second), Leanne Eluik (third), and Teresa McFayden (fifth)–compiled a 2-4 record in Pool ‘A’ play while representing Northern Ontario.
They wound up just shy of qualifying for the playoffs with a fifth-place finish.
Despite the disappointment, Jackson said there was a lot to enjoy about their East Coast experience.
“Our experience on the East Coast was an amazing one,” she enthused.
“The curling part of it sure didn’t go our way but that happens sometimes.”
A total of 14 men’s and 14 women’s rinks from Curling Canada’s Member Associations (the 10 provinces, three territories, and Northern Ontario) competed in Miramichi.
It also was the 10th edition of the Travelers Curling Club Championship–a week-long event that takes place in a different Canadian city each year and offers an elite national championship experience to Canada’s top club curlers.
Team Jackson had opened tourney play last Monday (Nov. 19) with a tough 9-7 loss to B.C. in extra ends.
They scored a deuce to knot it 7-7 after the eighth end but B.C. scored a deuce of its own in the ninth to seal the victory.
But the squad rebounded in a big way the following morning with a 12-0 drubbing over Nunavut in just six ends.
Then despite a late comeback in their match that afternoon, Team Jackson fell 5-4 to Alberta in an extra end.
They scored a point in each of the final three ends but it wasn’t enough to overcome an early 5-1 deficit.
The squad then roared back with a 11-3 drubbing of Quebec last Wednesday afternoon that was called after just six ends and evened their record at 2-2.
But that good fortune didn’t last as they lost their final two games.
Saskatchewan eked out a 4-3 win in an extra end Thursday morning before the local rink ended tourney play with an 8-3 loss to the Northwest Territories.
“The ice was great and the players we met were amazing,” Jackson said.
“These events are not only about curling, but also about having fun and making new friends because you can’t win them all,” she reasoned.
Moving forward, Jackson said her rink won’t be able to compete in the next Travelers’ event because of its rule set.
Each team is allowed only one player who has played in a provincial/territorial juniors’, men’s (Brier), women’s (Scotties), or seniors’ championship in the current or previous four curling seasons, or participated in a Grand Slam event in the current or previous four curling seasons.
As well, no player on the teams can have played in a Canadian juniors, men’s, women’s, or seniors’ national championship in the current or previous four seasons.
“Due to the Travelers’ rules, we are not eligible to compete in this year’s event, so we will enjoy the rest of the year curling in our club leagues,” noted Jackson.
“And we’ll see what the future brings us!”

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