The curling season is underway and this season brings on a family reunion of sorts on the ice. For the past few years, Dauphin's Emma Jensen has been leading her previous foursome to several titles and appearances at the national championships.
This year, Emma is now living in Winnipeg as she pursues her post-secondary studies. That's not the only change, however. Emma has joined the Alexandra Friesen foursome. That includes Rebecca Friesen who plays second and the team's third is someone that Emma knows just about everything about. Her sister Hanne Jensen will play third on the team and Emma rounds out the squad at the lead position.
The foursome started their season over the weekend at the CanAm Spiel in Grand Forks. The spiel featured all Manitoban teams as the Manitoba Junior Curling Tour goes south of the border once every season.
They ended up going 1-2 in their three games. Their lone win came against Team Beaudry as they hammered them 8-1. That Beaudry rink ended up going to the finals.
"We played well. We only played with three people because Hanne didn't play because of an injury," said Emma. "I think we played pretty well, the results didn't go our way but I'm happy."
"It's a cool feeling curling with Hanne," she continued. "It's different because we've never curled together before, but it's definitely a cool one. I'm enjoying it."
With the team change also came a position change for Emma. She's primarily always been a skip, but she's now the team's lead. Instead of closing ends, she's setting them up.
"It's definitely a new experience going from skip to lead," said Jensen. "I like to give my input when our skip is asking for it and that works with me."
"At the end of the day, I still have to make my shots and that's what I plan on doing," she continued.
The foursome will play in a berth bonspiel later this season. Up for grabs is a spot to the Canola Growers Junior Provincial Championships that will be played right here in Dauphin early next year. If successful, that mean's Emma will get to play in the city where she had so much success in.
"If we get the spot, it's going to be such a great experience to play in front of all my family and friends," Jensen concluded. "My sister and I have already been talking about it. It would be such a great thing."
Stay tuned for coverage on this foursome all winter long.