Barker finishes weekend with two wins

Matthew Gourlie
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Penny Barker didn’t get the breakthrough she was hoping for at the SaskPower Saskatchewan Scotties women’s curling championship.

However, the local curler is happy with the progress her Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre foursome has made this season.

“We didn’t come out as strong as we would have liked. Nothing seemed to work quite as well we would have wished,” said Barker. “We played well, but we didn’t get the roll or the shot we needed at the right time in our first few games.”

Barker finished with a 2-3 record in their pool in Balgonie as they won their final two games: beating Deanne Miller-Jones 10-2 and Candace Chisholm 8-2.

“We’re a little disappointed in the placement of where we ended up, but I’m happy with how we finished off the week,” said Barker who felt that they got back to the level that they played at in qualifying through the A event at the southern playdowns.

It’s not that the Barker rink curled poorly in their first three games, but she felt they came up just a little short on some shots.

“It was such nice ice. You could make any shot you wanted to. Nothing was really safe behind a guard, so you had to be really precise on your rock placement,” she said. “It’s little tiny things — maybe you came in just that little bit too deep —and those teams will make you pay for it at that level.”

Barker said that she thinks her rink of third Susan Lang, second Melissa Hoffman and lead Danielle Sicinski will stay together next season.

“Everything seemed to come together as the year progressed. We got better and better as a team,” said Barker. “Even though we had a couple of setbacks at provincials we did play well as a whole. We put together a strong performance to finish off the week and happy with where things are going.”

It was Barker’s second trip to a women’s provincial championship. She finished 1-4 two years ago.

Geographic location: Balgonie

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