We’re profiling 30 teams — one per day — leading up to the start of the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling season at the Masters.
Day 3: Team Einarson
Lineup: Kerri Einarson (skip), Val Sweeting (third), Shannon Birchard (second), Briane Meilleur (lead)
Home club: Gimli Curling Club; Gimli, Man.
Team Einarson are the two-time reigning Canadian women’s champions. Einarson captured her first career Scotties Tournament of Hearts title last year for Manitoba and successfully defended the championship as Team Canada in February. Both times Team Einarson defeated Ontario’s Team Homan in the final.
Einarson and Homan continued to face off in high-profile matches during the back-to-back Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling events in the Calgary bubble. Homan topped Einarson 5-3 during the Humpty’s Champions Cup semifinals while Einarson emerged victorious 5-2 over Homan in the Princess Auto Players’ Championship women’s final to successfully defend the Grand Slam title.
Einarson has also won the 2016 BOOST National and two Tour Challenge Tier 2 titles (2015 and 2017).
Sweeting, who won three Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling women’s titles while skipping her former squad, captured her first at the 2014 Masters in Selkirk, Man.
The Masters kicks off the 2021-22 Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling season and runs Oct. 19-24 at Sixteen Mile Sports Complex in Oakville, Ontario. Tickets are now available, CLICK HERE to purchase yours today.
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30 teams in 30 days
Missed a day in our 30 teams in 30 days profile series? Get all caught up below.
Day 1: Team Hasselborg
Day 2: Team Jacobs