By Jim Dolan
Kerry Galusha and her teammates Sarah Koltun, Brittany Tran and Shona Barbour from Yellowknife, North West Territories, are making the journey from Canada’s Frozen North to downtown Kemptville to compete for the first time in this year’s Royal LePage Women’s Fall Curling Classic.
This World Curling Tour event will be played Nov 1-4 at the North Grenville Curling Club and features 24 women’s teams playing for $21,000 in prize money. The champion will take home $6,000. Outside of the Major Grand Slams, the event is the largest all women’s World Curling Tour event east of Toronto in Canada.
Galusha will face stiff competition from a field that includes 2017 Fall Classic Runner-up, Isabella Wranå from Sweden, the always crowd favourite 5-time Canadian and 2-time World Champion Mary-Anne Arsenault from Nova Scotia, past winners of the Fall Classic 2016 – Sarah Fullerton from PEI, 2015 – Janet Murphy from Mississauga, 2014 – Cathy Auld from Toronto and 2007 – Chrissy Cadorin from Toronto. Chrissy played third for Ottawa’s Jenn Hanna that year. The event is pleased to welcome a young team from Lucerne Switzerland skipped by Selina Witschonke.
Current New Brunswick Scotties Champion Sylvie Robichaud, Quebec’s Amélie Blais and the recently crowned World Mixed Champion, at the third position for the Canadian Team, Danielle Inglis will be strong contenders to hoist the Fall Classic Shield come Sunday afternoon.
There are seven Ottawa and area teams playing in the 2018 Classic, skipped by Sierra Sutherland, Maureen Broder, Lindsay Kastrau, Emily Deschenes, Hailey Armstrong, Erica Hopson and Emma Wallingford. Emma skipped the Ontario Team at the 2018 U21 Canadian Championships.