Tracy Fleury scores 23 points on first day of 2019 Canada Cup of Curling

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Tracy Fleury’s curling team out of East St. Paul, Manitoba had no problems scoring points on the first day of the 2019 Canada Cup of Curling from Leduc, Alberta. Fleury won her first game by a score of 13-3 over Saskatchewan’s Robyn Silvernagle and then beat Alberta’s Chelsea Carey 10-5 in the evening draw.

In each victory, Fleury had a four ender. She had four points in the eighth end in her 10 point win over Silvernagle and then four points in the first end in her win over Carey. Also in her win over Silvernagle, Fleury had a three ender in the third end, followed by back-to-back ends where she stole two points in each end.

Fleury is one of two female skips in the tournament to win both of her games on day one. The other was Canadian Olympic silver medalist Cheryl Bernard, who is subbing for Casey Scheiddegger of Lethbridge, Alberta, who gave birth last month. Bernard, who won a silver medal for Canada at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, beat Jennifer Jones 9-6 and Kerri Einarson 7-1.

On the men’s side, the two Alberta-based teams are 2-0. Kevin Koe beat John Epping of Ontario 8-7 and Brad Jacobs of Northern Ontario 11-7. Meanwhile, Brendan Bottcher beat Brad Gushue 10-4 and Glenn Howard 9-3. The men’s and women’s winners of the 2019 Canada Cup of Curling gets a spot at the 2021 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The winners of the trials will represent Canada at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. 

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