The BTN rink of Danielle Sicinski got off to a good start at the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre last night with a win in the first week of the Original 16 Cash League, despite the absence for the night of skip Penny Barker.

Sicinski's rink won 5-2 over Tyler Krupski's Walchuk Masonry rink.

The meaning of the cash league hasn't changed for Sicinski, who also throws lead stones for the Barker rink on the provincial women's tour.

“We’re just kind of a relaxed type of group,” Sicinski said. “Anytime you step on the ice, you always want to do well. No matter who you’re playing against or what you’re in. We just always go out and have fun, but at the same time, you want to win, so everything is preparation for everything.”

The Barker team – both in the cash league and the women’s circuit- added Jenna Enge at second, a former Northern Ontario provincial junior champion skip and former member of the Tracy Fleury team.

For the cash league here at the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre, they can use the skills of Derek Owens, a member of the Brent Gedak rink who has been to quite a few provincial Tankards. The BTN rink has enough big-game experience to not miss a beat.

They were ranked near the top of the league at the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre last year when playoffs were halted in March due to the pandemic. “This was the first time Derek was actually able to get on the ice for a game, and Jenna and I were out on the ice a couple of weeks ago at the (Regina) Highland,” Sicinski said. “So it was really good. We had Jenna come play with us last year at the end of the season, and she’s just really easy to get along with and we just really gel well as a team already.”

The Barker rink plans a full schedule on the Saskatchewan Women’s Curling Tour, which will have a stop in Moose Jaw next month.

In the evening’s other matches in the cash league, the Matt Froehlich rink defeated Paws N Play (Donna Ackerman) 8-5, Protec Video (Wade Gray) defeated Easy Care (Lorraine Arguin) 9-4, Here for the Beer (Patrick Ackerman) defeated KMS (Ben Gamble) 9-4, EMJ Marketing (Joe Gunnis) won over Protec Electric (Stan Barnsley) 10-4, and Kal-Tire (Rob Sokochoff) won over John’s Music (Ryan Wenarchuk) 7-5.