Inside scoop on the Vikings Curling Teams' accomplishments this semester

Vikings Women's Curling Team went 5-1 at the Fall Regional at Lakeland, placing them in first going into the Winter Regional in January, 2020
Vikings Women's Curling Team went 5-1 at the Fall Regional at Lakeland, placing them in first going into the Winter Regional in January, 2020

As the semester winds down for the student athletes, we took some time to talk to a couple Vikings Curlers and get some insight into how the season has gone so far.

 

Nikki Smith – Fourth Year Skip, Vikings Curling Women's Team

How did the Fall Regionals go for the Women's Team?

Fall Regionals went very good for the women's team. We ended up with a 5-1 record, placing us in first at the end of the weekend. We had some big wins, and our only loss against MacEwan was by one in an extra end. It was a strong start to our season, we played well as a team and each game went out to leave everything on the ice. 

Women's Fall Regionals Record: 

Augustana v. Old's: 8-1

Augustana v. Lakeland: 8-3

Augustana v. RDC: 8-6

Augustana v. Concordia: 7-2

Augustana v. NAIT: 7-2

Augustana v. MacEwan: 5-6

What were some important matchups at Regionals, and how did it go?

Every game in Regionals was important and significant for us. Doing well in Fall Regionals puts us in a really good spot heading into Winter Regionals. The more games we win, the better chance we have to make it to Provincials which is our goal. There isn't one game that stands out, we were determined to do well in every game. 

How has it been working with the Curling School for coaching this semester?

Roger Galenza has been our main coach and head of support for our teams. While we sometimes have some other coaches around at practices, Roger has been the most dependent. He is a great coach, and our team would never be able to do it without him!

With the ACAC, you have a very limited competition schedule. Currently the teams are playing in the Rose City Curling Club's Tuesday Night League. How have those games helped you develop and prepare for ACAC Regionals?

Tuesday night league play gives us a chance to play as a team and continue to develop our game skills and strategies. The league games are like a continuation of our practices which gives us the opportunity to work on, sweeping, different complexities of throws, line calling, strategy and game calling as well playing together as a team. The league games play an important part in getting us ready for ACAC play. 

Any other comments you want to share?

We have a very skilled set of players and I believe we have the capabilities to continue to do well this season. Coming off winning a National Medal last year, we are all determined and have our sights set on doing well again this season. That being said, we are looking to take it one game at a time, as we did with Regionals and hope to continue doing well this season. 

 

Nadia vanBruinessen - Second Year Lead, Vikings Curling Mixed Team

How did Fall Regionals go for the Mixed Team?

Fall regionals went well. We went 3-2 for the weekend. We have three returning players to the team of which none are playing the same position. It was a great time to learn each other's playing styles while also learning new ice reading skills. 

 What were some important matchups at Regionals, and how did it go?

Our most important match ups would be against NAIT, who we played neck and neck with last year. New this year is MacEwan's mixed team. Both well rounded teams with some tricks up their sleeves looking for a nail bitter game each time. We lost to NAIT without hammer in an extra end. We always leave our games tight against NAIT to keep the viewer on their seat. MacEwan is a strong team that challenges us to view the game from a different perspective. Playing mixed really changes up how the game is viewed as they are both guys and gals in the competition which changes up how the game is played. MacEwan plays with a female skip whereas most mixed teams in the ACAC play with a male skip which changes how one would play and view the game. 

With the ACAC, you have a very limited competition schedule. Currently the teams are playing in the Rose City Curling Club's Tuesday Night League. How have those games helped you develop and prepare for ACAC Regionals?

Playing our Tuesday night matches definitely helps the team work together and learn each other's habits making it easier to play when we go to Regionals. Playing a sport where we don't play at the ACAC level every week has its challenges. If we have one bad weekend, we only have one other weekend to redeem ourselves before provincials. Tuesday nights help us learn each other's strategies and habits to make ACAC play a little less stressful. 

 You are a key member of the leadership team for Little Rockers – how is the youth sport program going?

Little Rockers has been a success so far. The children are always eager to get back out on the ice and learn more each week. We are accepting applications for our January intake and are hoping to fill it right up, so go unto the Vikings youth page and check out our website!

Any other comments you want to share?

This year has been a year of learning and growing as an individual, a team player and a coach.  I am looking forward to what the winter semester has in store!