Quartet of local rinks advance to regionals

Matthew Gourlie
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Central boys skip James Barkway watches his shot down the ice Saturday at the South Central district curling playdowns.

The Peacock girls curling team were thrown some challenges Saturday, but prevailed at the South Central district curling playdowns.

Peacock’s rink lost the A final on the final shot of the game 6-5 to Assiniboia’s Kaylen Erskine.

In the B final, with the second of two berths to regionals on the line, the Peacock rink suffered an early blow — Emily Farago tripped over a guard while she was sweeping and had to leave the game due to injury.

“It was a struggle,” said Peacock skip Shaelyn Sperling. “That was the first time that happened, but hopefully she gets better.”

Peacock rallied to beat Mossbank’s Berkley Peterson 7-5 to join Assiniboia at regionals next weekend in Maple Creek.

Sterling, Brittany Johnson and Laura Duncan curled well as a threesome and took a 5-1 lead before Peterson battled back to make the game close.

“We played with three players one other time. We had to do what we had to do,” said Sterling.

Farago will be out for regionals with a separated shoulder.

Vanier’s mixed team won the district title with a 7-5 win over Peacock. Vanier’s rink of Stacey Light, Jonathon Wells, Kaitlin Corbin and Devon Schweiger will be the host team when Moose Jaw hosts provincials, but they and Peacock will also compete at regionals.

Peacock’s mixed team of Carson Ackerman, Karlee Fessler, Derek Tremblay and Amanda Bartel beat Coronach’s Danny Malesh 9-2 in the B final to advance.

Central’s boys team of James Barkway, Matt Barre. Josh Blandford and Brett Prokopchuk also qualified for regionals thanks to their win in the B event.

They lost the A final 7-6 to Assiniboia’s Lucas Richards, but beat Avonlea’s Clay Ludwar 9-6 to advance.

Central trailed 6-2 after five ends, but they scored three in the sixth end and then stole three more in the seventh to take an 8-6 lead.

“Getting three in the sixth end really kick-started our comeback and it gave us a lot of hope,” said Barkway.

Assiniboia and Central will travel to Fox Valley next weekend for their regional playdown.

Geographic location: Assiniboia, Moose Jaw, Fox Valley

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