Teams benefitting from high competition

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Super League wraps up first half action

Jonathan Wells, left and Colton Brown sweep a Carson Ackerman rock during Original 16 Super League Curling action on Wednesday evening at the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre. Their Dupont rink, skipped by James Barkway are one of the four new teams to play this season in the league. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman

As the first half of the Original 16 Super League action wrapped up on Wednesday evening, the standings were a direct correlation of just how competitive the league is this season.

“It has been a really good first half,” stated Shaunna Fritzler, Business Manager at the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre. “We’ve had a lot of extra end games, a lot of tight games and really good games.”

The league lost a couple teams in the off-season, but gained four new teams — the James Barkway rink, Penny Barker rink, the Roberta Fonger rink and the Chow & McLeod rink.

With the expansion from 16 teams to 18 teams, Fritzler still has her eye on growing the league even more next season with the ultimate goal being two draws with eight sheets full.

“I think it is great and that even next year, the Super League can even expand a little bit more. I had some late interest when the league was up and running, but it was too late to make changes again,” she said.

Both the A Pool and the B Pool have seen their share of competitive games. The best part of this league for Fritzler is the variety of ages of the teams and individual curlers.

“There is a whole mix of ages — we’ve got our juvenile/high school curlers, competitive women’s team with Penny Barker, competitive senior women’s team with Lorraine Arguin, and some men going into play downs and of course Pat (Simmons),” she stated. “Even those teams that are the bottom of the win-loss standings…it is not that they aren’t competitive, they are losing tight games. It is not that the standings look uneven. The teams are competitive amongst each other and they are just that good that they are losing those tight games.”

For more on this story, read an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.

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