CALGARY – Geri-Lynn Ramsay has waited a long time to curl back on P.E.I.
Ramsay, who moved to Calgary following the 2010-11 season, will return to her hometown of Summerside for this week’s Players’ Championship – the final event of the Grand Slam of Curling for the 2013-14 season.
“I’ve been wanting to curl on P.E.I. ever since we missed out on the Scotties the year after we did well, and it (Scotties) was in Charlottetown,” said Ramsay. “It’s been a few years coming getting back to playing in front of the Island crowd.”
Ramsay played third stone on the Kathy O’Rourke rink that earned the silver medal at the 2010 Scotties Tournament of Hearts Canadian women’s curling championship. The following year, when the national Scotties were held in Charlottetown, the O’Rourke rink lost in the provincial championship.
“I can’t wait,” added Ramsay, who came through the junior curling program at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club in Summerside. “Not only have I been waiting to go to a Players’ Championship since I started playing women’s, but the fact it is in Summerside and I just missed it the last time it was there (two years ago), it is pretty exciting.”
Ramsay is in her third season with the Crystal Webster rink, which also includes third stone Cathy Overton-Clapham and lead Jenn Gates. A longtime third stone, Ramsay now plays second stone.
“I was a life-long third before I moved out here (Calgary),” said Ramsay. “I enjoy it.
“Seconds just don’t throw peels any more. You have to do it all. You have to have finesse and Ali Kreviazuk (Alison Kreviazuk, third stone with Rachel Homan’s rink) has shown us that.
“You can’t just go out there and throw the bomb, you need to be able to draw and do it all. It’s sort of the same thing I was doing back then.”
The Webster rink will play its first game against Switzerland’s Michele Jaggi on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.
Since moving to Calgary, Ramsay has been able to experience first hand just how big and important curling is in western Canada.
“Curling in the East Coast versus the West Coast is a bit different,” explained Ramsay. “I have learned a lot out here. . .
“When I curled with Kathy O’Rourke and Erin (Carmody), we tried to get to a lot of the big events, but it gets costly. Here, we have good sponsorship and are closer to a lot of them (major competitions).”
Ramsay knows a very challenging road lies ahead at the Players’ Championship. The top 12 men’s and 12 women’s teams on the World Curling Tour will compete for $100,000 purses.
“You have world champions and Olympic medallists there,” said Ramsay. “It’s going to be tough competition. We still plan to go, give it a run and win some games.”