Newell is the third for the Rebecca Roberts rink that curls out of the Re/Max Centre in St. John’s. The rink also includes St. John’s curlers Lauren Barron at second stone and lead Sydney Parsons.
The team was assembled last year when fellow Kippens native Roberts joined the trio of girls who represented the province at the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George, B.C.
Nabbing gold at the provincial championship was the goal last season, but the team fell short and had to settle for a third-place finish as fellow Re/Max curler Brooke Godsland went on to win the crown.
According to Newell, the team realized that there were challenges with finding the time to practice as a group as both she and Barron were first-year students at Memorial University and Roberts had to climatize after coming to MUN after a year of studies at the University of Toronto.
She didn’t think they spent the time they wanted or needed to make a run at the championship.
So, they decided they would spend a lot of time over the summer months doing dryland training with the two St. John’s girls spending a week in Stephenville. They travelled as much as they could to spend time together and they started throwing rocks as soon as a sheet of ice was available to prepare for this year.
“We have a better idea of how to manage our time and how to work more productively to get to our goal,” said the 19-year-old sophomore.
They will play in a women’s league and the Major League, which is open to both female and male teams, at the Re/Max Centre in an effort to challenge for the provincial crown in December.
“One week we can be playing against some of our junior competitors and the next week we could be playing against men trying to get to the Brier so it’s a really good mix of competition,” she said.
Rising from its third place finish last season to first is the focus of the group. Newell believes the team is much better prepared for this year’s shot at the crown.
It’s all about throwing stones as often as possible now. She believes all the girls have a better handle on how to keep abreast of what they have to do to achieve success this time around.