Add the Canada Cup in Leduc to the bad news for fans of Robyn Silvernagle and her team.
On the one hand, just making the televised field of top-level curlers from across Canada was another proud moment in a year of accomplishments for the North Battleford-based Saskatchewan champions.
Unfortunately the Canada Cup on TSN, like the Pinty’s Grand Slam events so far this season on Sportsnet, turned into yet another week where Team Silvernagle would be in their games against their elite-level competition, but again miss out on the letter “w” in front of the word “in.”
On Wednesday, a three-rock eighth end allowed Rachel Homan’s team to win 8-5, followed by a 13-3 loss to Tracy Fleury that got out of hand with four rocks in the eighth end. The Fleury loss was the only blowout the Silvernagle team suffered so far.
Team Silvernagle played better Thursday, but still lost a pivotal game to Kerri Einarson 9-7 in 11 ends, with Einarson scoring two in the extra frame to win it.
The most frustrating contest had to have been versus Jennifer Jones. Silvernagle took a 5-1 lead on the strength of a four-point fifth end, and had a 7-5 lead through eight. But Jones scored two in the ninth and stole two in the tenth to win 9-7, eliminating Silvernagle from playoff contention at 0-4.
Team Silvernagle finishes play Friday against Chelsea Carey at 3 p.m. and then at 8 p.m. versus the Casey Scheidegger team which is being skipped by Cheryl Bernard.