The Viterra Scotties provincial women’s curling championship kicks off tonight in Tisdale to determine Saskatchewan’s representatives for next month’s Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Calgary. 

Robyn Silvernagle and her rink from the Twin Rivers Curling Club in North Battleford comes in as the defending provincial champions with Swift Current’s Kelly Schafer returning as the team’s third, joining lead Kara Thevenot and second Chaelynn Kitz. The team earned the Green Jacket in 2023 defeating Saskatoon’s Nancy Martin 8-4 in the final in Estevan before going on to a 2-6 record at the Scotties in Kamloops last February. 

Schafer captured a national curling championship in November when she along with Shaun Meachem and Chris and Teejay Haichert won the Canadian Mixed Curling Championship at the Swift Current Curling Club. The team will represent Canada at the World Mixed Championship in Aberdeen, Scotland, this fall. 

This year’s provincial Scotties field also includes former provincial champions Penny Barker, Michelle Englot, Sherry Anderson and Amber Holland, who won Saskatchewan’s last Scotties championship in 2011. Nancy Martin, Skylar Ackerman, Jessica Mitchell, Sherrilee Orsted, Mandy Selzer, Brooklyn Stevenson and Jana Tisdale round out the 12-team event. Round-robin play begins tonight and continues through Saturday with the finals set for Sunday. 

Silvernagle will play their first game against Mitchell tonight at 7:30pm. Games will be streamed live on CURLSASK’s YouTube channel with evening draws and playoff matches broadcast on SaskTel MaxTV channels 48 and 348.