If Rebecca Roberts was ever not to throw rocks as a child, she didn’t listen.
The Kippens born curler is hoping to be throwing more rocks than anyone else as she hopes to skip two women’s rinks this winter in addition to her English studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s.
Roberts will be calling the shots for her junior women’s curling foursome that has visions of winning the title this year and she hopes to skip the Memorial’s varsity women’s rink that will compete at the Atlantic University Sport women’s curling tournament in February.
The 20-year-old will have Chantal Newell of Kippens and Lauren Barron and Sidney Parsons, both of St. John’s join her for the run at the provincial crown. The only change in the her foursome for Memorial will see Stephanie Nadeau of Red Bay, Labrador fill Parsons’s role.
Roberts submitted a proposal to MUN to have her rink represent the university at the AUS championships this year, but no decision has been made just yet. She doesn’t know if anybody else has an interest in doing the same and whether or not a playoff would be held in the event there are more girls who want to experience curling at the AUS level.
Roberts played for the MUN team last year, joining the foursome late in the season as the team’s skip after a team member wasn’t able to commit to the AUS championship event.
“It was fun and I had a good time, but our team was really thrown together and it would be nice to have an actual solid team to go to that tournament,” she said.
While she’s waiting to hear word on her submission, she’s focused on getting her hands on the provincial junior women’s curling crown that she came close to winning last year, bowing out to the Brooke Godsland rink out of St. John’s in a showdown that required Roberts and company to win two games because Godsland had a double life.
They managed to pick up one win to force another match, but things just weren’t meant to be this time around.
“I don’t think we need to change much to be honest,” she said.
“We had some really bad luck during provincials with some untimely picked rocks and some untimely injuries, so I think we just need to do what we’re doing, work as hard as we have to and hopefully get some luck on our side this year.”