Alberta’s Kayla Skrlik and New Brunswick’s Andrea Kelly won their respective women’s provincial championship finals on Sunday to advance to the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.
They join Clancy Grandy (BC), Kerry Galusha (Northwest Territories), Laurie St-Georges (Quebec), Brigitte MacPhail (Nunavut) from Nunavut, Hailey Birnie (Yukon) and defending champion Kerri Einarson from Gimli., Man qualified for the national championship Feb. 17-26 in Kamloops, BC.
Kelly overtook Abby Burgess 10-5 in Sunday’s final to stay undefeated in Fredericton.
Her team includes third Sylvie Quillian, second Jill Brothers and lead Katie Forward.
Kelly will lead New Brunswick to a Canadian Women’s Championship for the 11th time in her curling career.
She won the bronze medal last year in Thunder Bay, Ont., for her best result of her career.
Skrlik edged Casey Scheidegger 9-8 in Wetaskiwin to win Alberta.
Down a point on heading home with a hammer, Skrlik executed a tricky double takedown to score two for the win.
Skrlik, Calgary Curling Club vice Geri-Lynn Ramsay, second Brittany Tran and lead Ashton Skrlik went undefeated in their provincial championship.
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Invitational entries have increased from one to three starting in 2021 and are determined by the top three unqualified teams in the Curling Canada Ranking System (CTRS).
The Hearts and Tim Hortons Brier jokers will be named when provincial and territorial representatives are determined.
Rachel Homan of Einarson, Ont., and six-time national champion Jennifer Jones of Manitoba placed first through third on Sunday in the CTRS, but the wildcards will come from further down the women’s rankings as Einarson has already automatic entry into the Hearts as defending champion.
Homan and Jones will also compete in their respective provincial championships this week.
Former Jones third Kaitlyn Lawes placed fourth on Sunday at CTRS, followed by already-qualified Grandy and Scheidegger sixth.
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Provincial finals in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Northern Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador will take place on January 29 and in Nova Scotia on January 30.
The Hearts winner will represent Canada at the world championship March 18-26 in Sandviken, Sweden.
The Men’s National Championship field from March 3-12 in London, Ont. partially filled with Jacques Gauthier (BC), Félix Asselin (Quebec), Thomas Scoffin (Yukon), Jake Higgs (Nunavut) and defending champion Brad Gushue of St. John’s, NL.
Ontario, Northern Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador will conclude their men’s provincial championships on January 29 and Nova Scotia on January 30.
Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, the Northwest Territories and New Brunswick will hold their men’s provincial and territorial championships in February.
Alberta’s Brendan Bottcher, Manitoba’s Matt Dunstone, Gushue, Alberta’s Kevin Koe and Manitoba’s Reid Carruthers ranked first through fifth respectively on Sunday in the men’s CTRS standings.
The Brier champion will wear the maple leaf at the men’s world championship April 1-9 in Ottawa.
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on January 22, 2023.
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