Arguin wins provincial title

Katie Brickman
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Rink headed to Yellowknife for Canadian championships

Lorraine Arguin and her team are the best in the province.

Lorraine Arguin makes a line call in her game at the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre.

The team of Arguin, Donda Lee Deis, Shelly Urquhart and Connie Fritzler won the senior women’s curling championship over the weekend in Unity.

“It is unbelievable. We were so excited,” said Arguin.

This was the team’s first provincial victory, although they have been close through the years.

“We lost in the semifinal in two previous years,” said Arguin. “Every single year we have been at provincials and we’ve had a team that could win it, but we just never did.”

The competition level was quite high in this event, as many teams have won it in the past, including Cathy Inglis, Darlene Gillies and Delores Syrota.

“It is just very close competition,” said Arguin. “Sometimes it is just one or two shots that make the difference.”

The round robin began on Tuesday, where Arguin’s rink opened with a win over fellow Moose Jaw rink, Brenda Goertzen. Hometown rink, Gillies edged Arguin on Wednesday, but the team came back and beat Lori Cyca in the evening.

Arguin opened up Thursday with a victory of Syrota and a win over Julie Vandenameele on Friday.

“The first couple days of the competition, it was just getting used to the ice and what we could and couldn’t do,” said Arguin. “The ice conditions tended to change half way through the game … they started out with more curl and as the game went on, there were spots that just were straight.”

Arguin’s second loss of the tournament came to Merle Kopach on Friday evening.

On Saturday, Arguin defeated Inglis in the final round robin game.

“At the beginning of the round robin, we started a little slow. Everybody commented that they noticed that our team was getting stronger as the week went on,” she said. “Winning the last round robin against Cathy (Inglis) was a big confidence booster since she had won it last year.”

In the semifinal, Arguin defeated Inglis again to head into the final game against Gillies.

In the final, Arguin scored three in the sixth end, en route to a 5-3 victory over Gillies.

Now the team will head to Yellowknife, NWT from March 22 to 30 to compete in the Canadian Championships.

“Of course we feel confident, but the competition is definitely going to be tough. There are going to be really good players on all the teams, so we will just have to go up there and keep throwing as we have been throwing and hopefully we will get some positive results,” said Arguin. “We have a busy three weeks ahead of us just trying to finalize all the details.”

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