2019 champions Tracy Fleury, Selena Njegovan, Liz Fyfe and Kristin McCuish of the East St. Paul Curling Club are the number one seed for the 2021 Provincial Scotties Tournament of Hearts that begins next Wednesday in Carberry.
2020 World Junior champions Mackenzie Zacharias, Karlee Burgess, Emily Zacharias and Lauren Lenentine of the Altona Curling Club are the second seed. The third seed is Beth Peterson, Jenna Loder, Katherine Doerksen and Melissa Gordon of the Assiniboine Memorial Curling Club. Kristy Watling, Hailey Ryan, Emilie Rafnson and Sarah Pyke of Assiniboine Memorial are the fourth seed.
The field of 12 teams are divided into two pools. Fleury, Watling, Kaitlyn Jones of Assiniboine Memorial, Jennifer Clark-Rouire of Miami, Meghan Walter of East St. Paul and Shae Bevan of St. Vital are in Black Group. Zacharias, Peterson, Darcy Robertson of Assiniboine Memorial, Kristy McDonald of the Granite, Alyssa Calvert of Carberry and Terry Ursel of Neepawa are in the Red Pool.
The three teams with the best record in the Black Group advance to the Championship Pool and will play the top three teams from the Red Group. The team that finishes in first place will get a bye the final. The second and third place teams will meet in the semifinals.
Former champions Jennifer Jones and Kerri Einarson will not be competing in Carberry.
Jones, Kaitlyn Lawes, Jocelyn Peterman and Dawn McEwen won the Canadian Curling Trials in Saskatoon and will represent Canada at the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing.
Einarson, Val Sweeting, Shannon Birchard and Briane Meilleur are the reigning Canadian champions and already have their spot at the National Scotties in Thunder Bay.