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1970 Dorenda Schoenhals Curling Rink

CANADIAN LADIES CURLING CHAMPIONS

Joan Anderson (lead), Lind (Burnham) Seaman (second), Cheryl (Stirton) Zipper (third), Dorenda (Stirton) Schoenhals (skip).

This amazing Canadian championship team went through the 1970 season with twenty-three wins and only three losses. The Schoenhals rink curled out of the Nutana Curling Club. They were the youngest team to play in the Canadian Championships, and perhaps the youngest ever to have won the title. The four girls were aged 19, 20, 21, and 22. Dorenda and her team had won the Western Canadian University championship five successive years. Like most Saskatchewan teams, the most difficult part of the Canadian Championships was to win at home. At the Northern playdowns they defeated former Canadian Champion Joyce McKee gaining the opportunity to play in the provincial finals. At the National Championship, their record in the Round Robin was eight wins and two losses. They played off in the morning against Manitoba with a 6-4 victory and won the championship in the afternoon by defeating British Columbia 7-4. During the competition Joan and Linda placed 80% of their rocks exactly where they wanted and won All-Star Awards for their feat. During the year these young women athletes were the first curlers ever to use warm-ups prior to the games. Their stretching exercises and warm-up exercises were such a novelty at the Canadian Championships that people thronged around them to see what this new innovation was all about. One other small notation might be made of the fact that Dorenda's team really consisted, not only of four players, but four players and one small addition. Dorenda was six months pregnant while participating in these Canadian Championships. This team was inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in 1988.

Text courtesy of Ned Powers

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1974 Emily Farnham Curling Rink

A Saskatoon Nutana Club rink comprised of Emily Farnham, Linda Saunders, Pat McBeath and Donna Collins was overwhelming at the Canadian women's curling championships in 1974, going through the tournament with an undefeated record. It is the last rink from northern Saskatchewan to win the national crown and the last rink to go through undefeated.

Farnham and Collins had been teammates for seven years, Saunders and McBeath joined the rink at the start of the 1973-74 season.

It was a season in which the Farnham rink played 120 games and lost only two - one a practice game against a men's team and the other in the A side of the northern playoffs.

They rebounded from the one playoff loss to win the northern championship and then beat Pat Buglass of Saskatoon in the final of a four-rink provincial championship.

They headed to Victoria, knowing the pressure was on because Saskatchewan had won the five consecutive national titles.

They won the first seven in a row and going into the last day, only Prince Edward Island at 6-1 was a serious contender.

In the first draw of the final day, Saskatchewan beat British Columbia, 11-3, grabbing an early 3-0 lead and then scoring three on the seventh to virtually clinch the game. Prince Edward Island's hopes were dashed by a loss to Ontario.

The Farnham rink finished of f the tournament with a 10-7 victory over Ontario, a game which was marked by a brilliant double kill by Farnham through a narrow port on the seventh end. The shot gave Saskatchewan a 7-5 lead and when Saskatchewan scored three more on the eighth, they were home free.

Text courtesy of Ned Powers.

Date: March 1974.

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1989 Emily Farnham Curling Rink

1989 Emily Farnham Curling Rink

The lineup of the Canadian championship team started to fall into place when Emily Farnham and Emily Heidt were teammates on a 1988 Saskatoon rink which won the province and posted a 5 and 5 record at the national tournament at Peterborough, Ont.

For the 1989 season, Mary Todarchuk and Arlie Ellsworth joined Farnham and Heidt.

The Saskatoon rink won the Saskatchewan championship, beating Marg Hoff of Weyburn at the finals in Carnduff.

They travelled to Kenora, Ontario, for the Canadian finals and stayed close with the leaders. One of the oddities was that each of their three defeats came in extra end games, one against Quebec, one against British Columbia and one against Ontario.

When the Farnham rink won its last two games to finish with a 7 and 3 record, they qualified for a tiebreaker playoff in which they beat British Columbia, 6-4.

In the semifinals, Farnham drew to the button for an 8-7 victory over New Brunswick.

And in the final game, Saskatchewan faced Alberta, stole two on the third end to take a 3-0 lead, stole single again on the seventh and eighth and won the match, 6-2, in nine ends. Saskatchewan's ability to hit made it difficult for Alberta to get back in the game.

Farnham was voted the all-star skip by the competitors in the tournament.

Text courtesy of Ned Powers.

Date: 1989

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1960 Joyce McKee Curling Rink

CANADIAN LADIES CURLING CHAMPIONS

Joyce McKee (skip) Sylvia Fedoruk (third) Donna (Belding) Paton (second) Muriel Coben (lead).

Curling out of the Hub City Curling Club, the 1960 McKee rink captured their fifth city championship in seven years, advancing to the Northern play downs. At the Northern playdowns, the McKee rink went undefeated in seven games, and then won the Provincials in straight games in their best of three series with the Southern representative. With this victory the rink earned the right to represent Saskatchewan at the Western Canada championships in Victoria.

At the "Westerns", Saskatchewan met Alberta in the final with equal standings of 4-1 and defeated the Alberta rink in an exciting 14-11 showdown, finishing the tournament with five wins, one loss. The West vs. East Canadian final was held in Oshawa with the McKee Rink defeating the Eastern champions, Quebec, in two straight games, 11-3 and 8-5, to win the Canadian championship. They were inducted in 1987.

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1961 Joyce McKee Curling Rink

CANADIAN LADIES CURLING CHAMPIONS

Sylvia Fedoruk (third), Joyce McKee (skip), Rosa McFee (lead), Barbara MacNevin (second).

Curling out of the Hub City Curling club, the 1961 McKee Rink successfully defended their Saskatoon City, and Northern Provincial titles, advancing to the Provincial final in North Battleford. In the best of three games in the final the McKee foursome lost their initial game to the Southern representative, then won two straight 11-7, 11-4, to retain the Provincial title for a second consecutive year.

With this victory the McKee Rink earned the right to represent Saskatchewan at the 1st Dominion Diamond "D" classic, the official Ladies Curling Championship, at the Ottawa Hunt Golf and Curling Rink. The McKee foursome swept through the competition with a perfect 9-0 record, defeating each of the other Provincial representatives. They were inducted in 1987.

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1969 Joyce McKee Curling Rink

CANADIAN LADIES CURLING CHAMPIONS

Lee Morrison (second), Jennifer Falk (lead), Vera Pezer (third), Joyce McKee (skip).

Curling out of the Hub City Curling club, the 1969 McKee rink won the City title maintaining an undefeated record 4-0, through the "A" side event, and advanced to the Northern playdowns. This was Joyce's eighth city title. At the Northern playdowns, the McKee foursome recorded five straight wins, clinching McKee's 5th Northern title with a 11-3 victory in the "A" final.

The victory advanced the rink to the Provincial Championship, where they defeated the Southern representative in two straight games. At the Dominions, the McKee foursome was tied with the Ontario rink, after eight rounds with identical records of 7-1. They met in the final ninth round of the championship. Battling back from a 4-2 deficit, the McKee foursome topped Ontario 6-5 capturing the Canadian Ladies Curling Crown for a third time as the best Ladies curling foursome in Canada. Inducted in 1987.

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Vera Pezer Curling Rink

Vera Pezer Curling Rink

CANADIAN LADIES CURLING CIIAMPIONS 1971,1972,1973.

Joyce McKee (second), Sheila Rowan (third), Vera Pezer (skip), Lee Morrison (lead).

This rink of Vera Pezer, Sheila Rowan, Joyce McKee and Lee Morrison made history by winning three consecutive Canadian Ladies curling championships. That's a record that still stands today. The first title for this Sutherland club foursome occurred in 1971 at St. John's, Newfoundland. The team survived two tie-breakers to beat British Columbia 3-2 and then Alberta 7-2. In 1972, at the inaugural McDonald Lassie held in Saskatoon, Pezer's foursome lost its opening game then reeled off eight straight wins.

In 1973, the Saskatchewan champions had 7 wins and one loss heading into the final round. Pezer met undefeated Joan Ingram of Manitoba and scored an extra end victory. In the tie-breaker, Pezer's rink scored a 4-2 win. There was no world competition at the time but this team is considered one of the finest to ever play the game. This rink was inducted into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame in 1976, the Saskatchewan Hall of Fame in 1982 and now the Saskatoon Hall of Fame in 1990.

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