The Shaun Meachem rink made a little Swift Current curling history when they won the Tim Hortons Provincial Mixed Curling Championship in Eston on Sunday, becoming the first Swift Current rink to win the event in its 50-year history.
Meachem made good on his word when he vowed to return to Mixed Provincials and improve on his 12-4 loss to Jeff Hartung in the championship game in 2102. He did so with an entirely different cast this weekend, when he was supported by third Kelly Wood, second Carl deConnick Smith, and lead Kelsey Dutton.
Meachem faced Darren Engel for a third time in Sunday’s championship game. He scored a single in the fifth end and then stole two to lead 4-1 after six ends. They traded singles in the seventh and eighth ends for a 5-2 Meachem lead heading into the ninth end. They allowed a single in the ninth and a steal of one in the 10th but held on for the 5-4 win.
“It was really nice to win after last year,” said Meachem. “We definitely wanted to have a good showing and I felt like we had a good chance with the team we had and everybody played really good. It was a pretty good feeling to have a wide open hit for the win.”
None of his teammates from last season were able to participate this year due to previous curling commitments and family obligations.
“It was just a last minute thing that we kind of threw together the day before entries were due. We knew we had good talent with our team and we were just lucky everybody was able to play,” explained Meachem.
deConnick Smith traveled from Rosetown a couple of times for practice in Swift Current which helped when the team had no other entries in their District leaving them without any game experience heading into Provincials.
It was no easy task to defeat the same opponent for a third straight time in the final said Meachem.
“We played those guys over and over and over. I said after the game that the laws of averages are just going to catch up to us. We played them over and over and we beat them and I thought how long can this go on for? You keep beating the same team and sooner or later they will catch you. I was glad that it wasn’t in the final because that was a pretty big game to lose.”
The Meachem rink will now advance to the National Championship in the fall.
The Jade Telke rink from Kyle was the host team in Eston. They finished with one win and three losses.