Skip Robyn Silvernagle, right, yells instructions to her sweepers Dayna Demers, second from left, and Kara Thevenot, while Jessie Hunkin keeps a close eye on the rock’s placement. JAMIE HARKINS LLS PHOTO
Team Silvernagle can now say they’ve won a spiel.
The North Battleford crew of skip Robyn Silvernagle, alternate third Jessie Hunkin, second Dayna Demers and lead Kara Thevenot, beat Chantelle Eberle 6-4 in the championship final of the Boundary Ford Curling Classic at the Lloydminster Golf and Curling Club on Nov. 26.
The team, which regularly curls with Jolene Campbell as vice, captured three second place finishes before the Nov. 24-26 spiel, including a silver medal at the 2017 Viterra Saskatchewan Scotties Tournament of Hearts, but the Border City Classic marked their first gold.
“It’s awesome,” said Silvernagle. “Having a spare, (well) that’s not always easy having a different player. So, it feels great to win a spiel and get that momentum going into playdowns.”
Silvernagle scored one with the hammer to begin the final against the Team Eberle squad of third Christie Gamble, second Larisa Murray and lead Haylee Jameson.
Demers then threw a hit a roll on her second shot to place a rock in the four foot behind an Eberle stone to set up a steal of one in the second end.
Eberle and Silvernagle exchanged markers with the hammer in the third and fourth ends to bring the score to 3-1. After a blank fifth, Eberle narrowed the lead to 3-2 with hammer in the sixth.
The Regina-based skip then curled around her own guard to hit a covered Silvernagle rock in the four foot and stick for the counter. She placed another counter in the eight foot on her second shot for a steal of two, and the 4-3 lead after seven ends.
“Things were going fine even though they had scored two,” said Silvernagle. “It was just my rock didn’t curl quite enough to get our one. That was okay. We still felt in control and just kept playing.”
Hunkin threw a double knockout on her first shot of the eighth end before drawing to the button on her second.
Eberle tapped the counter on her final throw, but she didn’t knock it out leaving Silvernagle with a hit and stick for two and the 5-4 advantage.
Silvernagle said Hunkin made a perfect tap on an Eberle rock in the four foot on her first shot of the ninth end to place a counter.
She said their guards then made it difficult for Eberle to get it out leaving them with a steal of one and the 6-4 lead.
Eberle placed two unguarded in the eight foot in the 10th and final end.
Silvernagle hit the double knockout on her second shot to bring out the handshakes.
“They’re a good team,” said Silvernagle. “It was a fairly well curled game. There were lots of shots made and we were a little unfortunate with a few picks, but that’s how it goes.”