TRURO – More than 80 well wishers crammed into the upstairs lounge at the Truro Curling Club on Tuesday to see three teams off to national competitions.
© Joey Smith – Truro Daily News
Judy Burgess’s team poses for a photo during a send-off event at the Truro Curling Club on Tuesday. Burgess, left, third Helen Brightman, second Karen Hennigar and lead Penny Neily will attend the Canadian masters women’s championship in April in Coaldale, Alta.
Club members, family and friends gathered at the club for a send-off event for Truro teams skipped by Colleen Pinkney, Judy Burgess and Dwayne Green.
“Actually, it would take a lot for me not to be here tonight,” said Truro’s Kim Knol, who attended the event to support the Pinkney foursome. “I support them that much, and they know that.”
Teams were led into the lounge by a round of applause as Craig Burgess introduced members of each rink. Hugs and handshakes were common sights throughout the evening, and photos were frequent. In one corner of the lounge, tables were draped with Nova Scotia flags, which were signed with words of encouragement.
“It’s always nice to be recognized by your peers and we’re always proud to represent Truro Curling Club, so it’s nice,” said Pinkney.
Pinkney, third Wendy Currie, second Shelley MacNutt and lead Susan Creelman will defend the senior women’s national title they won in 2013 in Summerside at this year’s event, which begins Saturday in Yellowknife.
“We’ve been spending a lot of time planning our season and it’s gone really well for us, so we’re going feeling prepared,” said Pinkney.
Burgess and Green captured the women’s and men’s masters titles last month in Digby and will attend national championships March 31 to April 6 in Coaldale, Alta.
Burgess was thrilled with Tuesday’s reception.
“It’s wonderful,” she said. “The Truro club always comes out and supports its teams. It’s exciting and it’s an honour to be one of those people.”
Burgess, who calls the shots for third Helen Brightman, second Karen Hennigar and lead Penny Neily, looks to improve upon the 3-5 record her team posted at last year’s national event in Thunder Bay, Ont.
“We think we’re in better shape this year,” she said. “We’ve been working harder, practicing harder and we’ve gone to some spiels that we’ve done quite well in … so we’re feeling confident going in, but you just never know.”
Green, whose team also consists of mate Wayne Sisson, second Larry Higgins and lead Ralph Murphy, was also appreciative of the send-off event.
“The club has been very supportive of us,” Green said. “They have been backing us 100 per cent … and we’re very pleased and proud to represent this club.”
The Green foursome will be attending its first national championship, and has its sights set on a playoff berth.
“We haven’t really talked about this as a team, but I want to be in the top four,” Green said. “That would be my goal.”