A first of her kind
L to R - Skip Nina Roth, Lead Becca Hamilton, Third Tabitha Peterson, and Aileen Geving were winners of the 2017 Canad Inns Women's Curling Classic held at the Portage Curling Club. (Aaron Wilgosh/The Graphic)
Right down to the wire.
Americans Nina Roth, Tabitha Peterson, Aileen Geving, and Becca Hamilton make up the first rink from south of the border to conquer the Canad Inns Women’s Curling Classic Championship thanks to a nailbiting 5-4 victory in extra ends over Sweden's Anna Hasselborg Monday evening at the Portage Curling Club in Portage la Prairie.
“This feels great, it's the first time we've won one of these big tournaments in Canada,” says Roth, the team's skip. “We managed to come back and win the semi final in nine (ends), and then to win it here in an extra end as well is incredible.”
It was a cautious start for both clubs with three blanks being recorded in the first three ends. Hasselborg got on the board with 2 in the fourth but Roth answered right back to knot the game up 2-2 after five. Hasselborg took a 1 point lead in the sixth, laying one right on the button to get back on top. Roth threw a deuce up in the seventh to take a 4-3 but the Swedes were able to tie the game in the final end and force a 9th and deciding end, but couldn’t steal a point from Roth who held the hammer.
“Portage has a fantastic eight-sheet club with great restaurants and stores nearby, and everyone was really welcoming to us throughout the weekend even though we're American,” Roth laughs.
The next big curling event in Portage la Prairie is the Canadian Mixed Doubles Trials in January. Ticket sales are set to open in early November.