Roger Moskaluke (coach), Jessica Mitchell (skip), Rikki Schick (alternate/5th), Teresa Waterfield (2nd) and Layne Engle (lead).

Team Mitchell full of USask connections

The University of Saskatchewan will be well represented at the 2019 Viterra Scotties Provincial Championship held from January 22nd – 27th in Humboldt, SK.

Team Mitchell will feature five athletes and one head coach. Jessica Mitchell (BA’18), Dani Waterfield (BA’18), Teresa Waterfield, Layne Engle, Rikki Schick (BCOMM’18) and head coach, Roger Moskaluke (BSPE’91).

As a rookie team looking to compete at a high level, Team Mitchell will take on the top teams in Saskatchewan in hopes to punch their ticket to the 2019 Scotties Tournament of Hearts. In their inaugural season, they committed to compete in the five Saskatchewan Ladies Curling Tour events. “Our goal was to grow and develop as a team, be competitive, and if the consistency was there, capture a spot in the Provincial Scotties Tournament” said team coach, Roger Moskaluke. “We exceeded our expectations.”

After qualifying in four of the five tour events, Team Mitchell captured one of the two Provincial Scotties spots reserved for the top two-point earners throughout the tour. While they know that they are the underdog heading into the tournament, it was the rankings that solidified their spot coming in at number nine of nine teams competing.

“That comes as no surprise to us. We know what we are capable of doing and like the idea of being a bit of an underdog,” said Moskaluke.

The excitement is high for Team Mitchell as they are set to compete against the best ladies curling teams across Saskatchewan. Even though some of their competitors have experience on the world stage, Team Mitchell will remain focused on their game according to their head coach.

“We have high expectations of ourselves and will focus on playing our game well every time we step on the ice.”

The top nine teams in the province will compete to represent Saskatchewan at the 2019 Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Sydney, Nova Scotia. Team Mitchell took the ice Tuesday dropping their first two games but are looking to rebound on Wednesday morning. Curl Sask will have live scores for each draw while one game from each draw will be web casted.

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