It's that time curling fans. We have seen grand slam wins. We have watched Olympic trials high's and low's. We have cheered on our favourite teams throughout grueling provincial playdowns. The time has finally arrived where the hard work, sweat and tears will pay off....The 2018 Scotties Tournament of Hearts are upon us.
The pressure will be high in Penticton for a number of reasons. Obviously the sole survivor will go on to represent Canada at the upcoming world championships and earn their return ticket next year as #TeamCanada at the Scotties but the entire event will be feeling some pressure as well.
This year's Scotties features a format change. We welcome a new team. Change can be welcomes with open arms or discarded before the first rock is thrown. Everyone seems to have an opinion on this event and all eyes will be watching to see how it plays out on the ice....perhaps with an increased sense of either enthusiasm or criticism.
With all the changes and increased debate surrounding the lead-up to the 2018 Scotties, you know #TwineTime could not hit the ice solo for this preview blog post. I had to go out and find an experienced player who has been to a Scotties. Who has experienced pre-qualification. We have participated in the new pool play format. Join me in welcoming the newest member of the #TwineTime family: Cathlia Ward!