Barker needs win in final round robin game to force playoff at Scotties provincials

Penny Barker in action during a recent training session.

With even the slightest bit of luck in the games she’s lost over the last week, Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre’s Penny Barker could be one of the leaders at the Viterra Scotties provincial curling championship.
Every one of her losses through the week have been by two points or less — 8-6 to Stefanie Lawton, 6-4 to Nancy Martin, 8-7 to Kim Schneider and the toughest of all, a 6-5 extra-end loss to Robyn Silvernagle on Friday afternoon.
Which, in theory, would make Barker’s 3-4 record all that much tougher to take.
But the veteran skip has a veteran team at her side, and regardless of their results, the aim has been the same: reload and get on to the next one no matter the score.
“We’ve had a couple tough losses where one shot could tell the story of the game. We’re trying not to dwell too much on those ones,” Barker said Friday afternoon. “We still control our own destiny here, if we win the last one in the round robin we’ll guarantee ourselves at least a tiebreaker so we aren’t worrying about the tough losses.”
And that’s the crux of the situation — as of Friday evening Barker was still in the hunt, needing a win over Brett Barber in order to force a playoff.
“We’re all playing well and we’re all throwing well so we just have to keep doing what we’ve been doing,” Barker said. “We’ve really gelled as a team and we aren’t going to get too worked up about any given game or shot, we’re just keeping it steady and going from there.”
The top four teams after the round robin advance to the Page playoffs.  Lawton and Silvernagle are both 6-1; Barber and Martin are 4-3 followed by Barker and former Bushell Park competitor Chantelle Eberle.
The provincial final is set for Sunday at 5 p.m. in Melville.