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Berwick’s Jennifer Smith moving on with new curling team

Berwick’s Jennifer Smith in action for Nova Scotia at the Canada Games earlier this year. Smith and her former teammates are finalists for the Sports Nova Scotia Team of the Year award, but after parting company with Team Fay, she will be part of a different foursome this coming season. 
Berwick’s Jennifer Smith in action for Nova Scotia at the Canada Games earlier this year. Smith and her former teammates are finalists for the Sports Nova Scotia Team of the Year award, but after parting company with Team Fay, she will be part of a different foursome this coming season. 

BERWICK - She and her former teammates are finalists for the Sport Nova Scotia RICOH Sport Award for Team of the Year, but it may be the last time curler Jennifer Smith of Berwick is associated with the Fay rink.

Smith and teammates Mary Fay, Karlee Burgess and Janique LeBlanc repeated as Nova Scotia junior girls’ curling champions in late December. Team Fay reached the semifinals at the Canadian juniors in January in Corner Brook, NL, and won a silver medal at the Canada Winter Games in Prince George, B.C. in February.

Smith confirmed that five days after their return from the Canada Games, she was dropped from the team.

“They decided to move on without me,” Smith said May 26. “Some things were said that hurt at the time, but I’ve found a new team, and I’m moving on with them.”

Smith is mate of the new team, which will be skipped by Raquel Bachman, a Lunenburg County native now attending Dalhousie.

Alicia Brine from Halifax, also a Dalhousie student, will throw second stones, and Carina McKay-Saturnino, who is from Inuvik, NT but will be attend Dal this fall, will be lead.

Smith said she and McKay-Saturnino “got to be pretty good friends” at the Canada Games. The Northwest Territories skip at the Games, McKay-Saturnino has plenty of experience, including representing her territory at the last three junior nationals.

“We still aren’t sure if Raquel or Carina will be throwing the skip stones,” she said.

Smith acknowledged she still feels bitter at times about her break with Team Fay, but added, “I really can’t do anything about it but move on. If they don’t want to curl with me, I don’t want to curl with them.”

Team Bachman, she confirmed, will be coached by Mark Brophy. With three of the four members of the new team attending Dalhousie, they will practice in Halifax. That’s OK with Smith, who previously travelled to Chester to practice.

All four members of Team Bachman are still under 21, which means they can compete at the junior level for the 2015-2016 season.

Smith and teammates Mary Fay, Karlee Burgess and Janique LeBlanc repeated as Nova Scotia junior girls’ curling champions in late December. Team Fay reached the semifinals at the Canadian juniors in January in Corner Brook, NL, and won a silver medal at the Canada Winter Games in Prince George, B.C. in February.

Smith confirmed that five days after their return from the Canada Games, she was dropped from the team.

“They decided to move on without me,” Smith said May 26. “Some things were said that hurt at the time, but I’ve found a new team, and I’m moving on with them.”

Smith is mate of the new team, which will be skipped by Raquel Bachman, a Lunenburg County native now attending Dalhousie.

Alicia Brine from Halifax, also a Dalhousie student, will throw second stones, and Carina McKay-Saturnino, who is from Inuvik, NT but will be attend Dal this fall, will be lead.

Smith said she and McKay-Saturnino “got to be pretty good friends” at the Canada Games. The Northwest Territories skip at the Games, McKay-Saturnino has plenty of experience, including representing her territory at the last three junior nationals.

“We still aren’t sure if Raquel or Carina will be throwing the skip stones,” she said.

Smith acknowledged she still feels bitter at times about her break with Team Fay, but added, “I really can’t do anything about it but move on. If they don’t want to curl with me, I don’t want to curl with them.”

Team Bachman, she confirmed, will be coached by Mark Brophy. With three of the four members of the new team attending Dalhousie, they will practice in Halifax. That’s OK with Smith, who previously travelled to Chester to practice.

All four members of Team Bachman are still under 21, which means they can compete at the junior level for the 2015-2016 season.

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