Barker wins Saskatchewan Women’s Curling Championship

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Penny Barker of Moose Jaw beat Chelsea Carey of the Highlands 7-5 to win the 2022 Saskatchewan Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

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The third time was the charm of Moose Jaw’s Penny Barker at the 2022 Saskatchewan Women’s Curling Championship.

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Barker defeated the Highlands Chelsea carey 7-5 in Sunday’s final of the Scotties Provincial Tournaments. The victory came in the third game the veteran captains played against each other at the event.

Carey had the advantage in the previous two games, beating Barker 10-9 in Saturday’s 1v2 playoff game at Assiniboia Curling Club. Carey previously beat Barker 6-4 in Friday’s Event A final.

Moose Jaw captain Penny Barker, center, throws a stone during the Saskatchewan Women's Curling Championship final in Assiniboia on Sunday.  We also see the first Danielle Sicinski, on the left, and the second Jenna Enge, on the right.  HALI STAND / PHOTOGRAPHY EXPRESSIONS.
Moose Jaw captain Penny Barker, center, throws a stone during the Saskatchewan Women’s Curling Championship final in Assiniboia on Sunday. We also see the first Danielle Sicinski, on the left, and the second Jenna Enge, on the right. HALI STAND / PHOTOGRAPHY EXPRESSIONS. jpg

On Sunday, Barker , third Christie Gamble, second Jenna Enge and first Danielle Sicinski did it when it really mattered to win the provincial title, leaving Carey stone-strapped in the 10th end.

“It didn’t really matter what happened before,” Barker said on Sunday from Assiniboia. “We were only one of the two teams in the final and it’s a one-game showdown. We focused on our shots. We had two very good games against them. We knew that if we could do a few more shots it would put us in a good position to win. We did it and it feels good.

The Barker’s Moose Jaw Ford Curling Center team and coach Mark Lang advance to the national championship, January 28 through February 30. 6 in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

This is the second women’s provincial title for Barker and Sicinski, who shared the Saskatchewan championship in 2017. Barker was the captain and Sicinski was in the lead with Deanna Doig in third and Lorraine Schneider throwing the second stones.

“It’s a little different from the first championship, but it’s just as amazing,” said Barker. “We did a lot of work just to come back. We’re so excited we pulled it off and all the hard work paid off. We’re just going to continue from here.

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Carey, who curled with third Jolene Campbell, second Stephanie Schmidt and first Jennifer Armstrong, is a two-time Canadian women’s champion. She won national titles as captain as she retired from Alberta in 2016 and 2019.

At the 2022 provincial championship, Barker beat Amber Holland of Kronau 5-3 in Sunday’s semifinals. Barker sent in a short corner raise to score two runs in the 11th end to beat Holland. The Netherlands beat North Battleford’s Robyn Silvernagle 6-5 in Saturday’s 3v4 playoff game.

In Sunday’s final, Barker opened up a 5-2 lead in the fifth end over Carey thanks in part to steals from one in the first, fourth and fifth ends. Moose Jaw’s side also scored two runs in the third end. Carey scored two runs in the second end.

Barker took control of the game in the eighth end when Carey was heavy on a pair of draws. Barker then drew for two with a support and a 7-4 lead.

In the ninth end, Carey drew one on three to reduce Barker’s lead to 7-5. Barker, however, had the hammer in the 10th end.

Barker won the provincial title with a free kick to drop Carey stones.

Saskatchewan’s result means the field for the national championship is about to be filled.

Here are the skips qualified or selected for the 2020 national championship: Kerri Einarson (Team Canada); Mary-Anne Arsenault (BC); Laura Walker (Alberta); Barker; Mackenzie Zacharias (Manitoba); Krista McCarville (Northern Ontario); Rachel Homan (Ontario); Laurie St-Georges (Quebec); Christina Black (Nova Scotia); Andrea Crawford (New Brunswick); Suzanne Birt (Prince Edward Island); Hailey Birnie (Yukon); Kerry Galusha (Northwest Territories); Sarah Hill (Newfoundland and Labrador); and Brigette MacPhail (Nunavut).

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