Red Deer’s Jocelyn Peterman and Team Jennifer Jones seem cool as cucumbers heading into the 2020 Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Moose Jaw.
In part, they are treating the days leading up to the event, like they’ll be in the field all the way to the finals next weekend.
Peterman said they arrived in Regina Thursday morning and had some practice before heading to Moose Jaw. After some sponsorship engagements and getting fitted for uniforms, they went out and bought groceries like any other event.
“We’re just treating it like we’re here all week and we just get one extra game before the rest of the teams start, that’s the mindset we’ve been going with. So hopefully that goes well for us,” Peterman said with a chuckle.
In reality, they’ve got a mammoth obstacle in the way.
Team Jones lost the Manitoba provincial qualifier to Kerri Einarson earlier this year when Einarson made good on her last shot to win the title.
Now, Jones, which is the third-ranked rink in the country based on Curling Canada’s Canadian Team Rankings System (CTRS) will have to beat No.1 Tracy Fleury in the wild card game Friday, to get into the Scotties field.
“We’re really excited, it’s nice to have the second opportunity to get into the Scotties. I’ve played in this game before. I played in it in 2018. said Peterman, a Red Deer product who is in her second season as the second on Team Jones.
That 2018 game, the second year of the wildcard game was when Peterman was with skip Chelsea Carey, her old team. They lost the play-in and their tournament ended early.
“It is a unique situation,” said the 26-year-old.
“For us, we just have to treat it like any other game. Obviously, there’s no option of losing. We can’t really be thinking about that heading into it or during the game. Just any other game and we’re giving it our all.”
Peterman added regardless of how Friday turns out, the Scotties is one of the best events on the curling calendar and she always looks forward to playing.
“The Scotties has always been a huge goal for me. Even now it still feels surreal to be able to play in this event,” she said.
“It’s just so fun. It’s what I grew up watching on TV and hoping to play, it’s really cool to have the opportunity. We expect a really good crowd in Moose Jaw… they have so many curling fans here and we expect a lot of fans Friday night and it’s just fun to play in an environment like that.”
Beyond the pressure of Friday’s game, it has been a strong second season for Peterman on Team Jones. She joined the group last year and as the season has progressed in 2019-20, they have found significant chemistry.
“Maybe a bit more familiarity this year and a little bit more comfort than last year,” said Peterman, who is living with third Kaitlyn Lawes in Winnipeg.
“That just comes with time and more games together. We’ve been having a really good season and we’re feeling super confident and super happy with where we’re at.”
In addition to fighting for a Scotties berth, Team Jones was also added to the field earlier this month for the Grand Slam of Curling Champions Cup, which will take place in Olds from April 29- May 3. Peterman’s dad Lowell and mom Nancy McInerney, who is an event co-chair, have been heavily involved in organizing that event.
Peterman said she can’t wait to curl in front of family and friends.
“I’m really looking forward to that. My parents have put in a lot of work getting the event and work into organizing, leading up to it,” she said.
“We travel to all these different towns across Canada for these Grand Slam events and I haven’t played in one close to home. I’m really looking forward to that, having my family in the stands, friends and familiar faces in the stands at one of those.”