“We are pretty excited,” said P.E.I. skip Nola Murphy of Summerside. “We are certainly looking forward to having a lot of fun, and socializing with all of these teams from the other provinces. It’s the thrill of a national.”
Murphy added there has been a “lot of enthusiasm” this week leading up to the nationals.
“Things are falling into place, the place looks awesome,” added Murphy.
Murphy is joined on Team P.E.I. by third stone Donna Arsenault, second stone Elspeth Carmody and lead Laurie Tirone.
“Elspeth, Donna and I have been together for at least three years,” added Murphy. “Elspeth, Donna and I also went to the Dominion nationals in November.”
The rink curls out of the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club, which is the host venue for the nine-day national event from March 16 to 24.
“It’s our first time at the seniors, and in order to get here it was a big accomplishment,” said Murphy. “We just want to take it one rock at a time, and if we curl the best we can, then we have just as much chance to do well if we all play our shots and I call the game the way it should be called.”
Murphy went on to say one of the attributes of her rink is a strong team chemistry and communication on the ice, especially when faced with a couple of different options for shots.
“It’s really special that it’s in our hometown. Some people may think it’s disappointing not going somewhere for winning (provincials). For me, personally, I’m ecstatic because this is home and there is so much support with club members and family and friends.” - P.E.I. women’s skip Nola Murphy
“If I am unsure I will say, ‘Girls, what do you think about this? Do you like that, or would you rather me do that?,’” said Murphy. “We get along really well and there is no animosity. We have great team chemistry. . . and we have a lot of fun.”
Murphy qualified for the Canadian senior championships with a 7-5 win over her sister-in-law Shirley Berry’s combined team from the Cornwall Curling Club and Silver Fox in the provincial final on Feb. 18.
Murphy, who added there was “lots of swing” to the ice during this week’s practice, is thrilled to be representing her province in a Canadian championship in her own backyard.
“It’s really special that it’s in our hometown,” said Murphy following a team practice earlier this week. “Some people may think it’s disappointing not going somewhere for winning (provincials).
“For me, personally, I’m ecstatic because this is home and there is so much support with club members and family and friends.”