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OUT OF THE HACK – Bayly Scoffin throws a rock while her dad Wade sweeps during round-robin play of the 2021 Home Hardware Mixed Doubles Curling Championships in Calgary. Photo by CURLING CANADA/Michael Burns

Scoffins return from mixed doubles tournament

Wade and Bayly Scoffin, the father-daughter duo, has returned home from the Calgary bubble at the WinSport Arena at Canada Olympic Park after competing in the 2021 Home Hardware Canadian Mixed Doubles Championships.

By John Tonin on March 29, 2021

Wade and Bayly Scoffin, the father-daughter duo, has returned home from the Calgary bubble at the WinSport Arena at Canada Olympic Park after competing in the 2021 Home Hardware Canadian Mixed Doubles Championships.

The pair is currently completing the required two-week self-isolation because they travelled Outside the territory.

The mixed doubles championship had 35 teams from different jurisdictions across the country. Teams were divided into five pools of seven. The Scoffins landed in Pool B.

The Scoffins went 0-6 in round-robin play and missed the playoffs.

However, Wade said the games were closer than the scoreboard would indicate.

For both Wade and Bayly, the game against the Tuck team, from Ontario, was their favourite draw of the week.

“The Tucks were a real good game,” said Bayly. “It was a fun game to play in.”

“The Tucks are a specialist team who focus on mixed doubles,” added Wade. “The team is ranked sixth and we took them to the final shot and lost by a measure.”

Wade and Bayly also found success against the other Ontario team in their pool, Lauren Wasylkiw and Shane Konings.

“We were tied coming home but didn’t have last rock,” said Wade.

“There final shot was a 15, 20 foot raised take out which they hit.

“Pushing both Ontario teams was great.”

Wade and Bayly weren’t the only family unit playing at the mixed doubles championship. Emilie and Robert Desjardins were also a father-daughter squad, who just so happened to also fall into Pool B.

“The Desjardins are also mixed doubles specialists and also a family team,” said Wade. “We lost 9-3 but it was an enjoyable score.

“Overall, it was a great event and we had good games against really good teams.”

Bayly, still early in her curling career, said competing at the mixed doubles championship will help her as she continues to grow in the sport.

“This experience will help me with future curling experiences,” said Bayly. “It was high-level competition and it was fun playing with my dad.”

“I won’t be getting any better,” laughed Wade. “But to have the opportunity to play with my daughter was an honour and a privilege.”

For Bayly, it was her first real competition she has competed in mixed doubles and still isn’t sure if she is going to focus on it more.

“It was new for me,” said Bayly. “I haven’t competed mixed doubles much before. I’ll keep playing it but will focus more on team play to get better for juniors.”

In January, Bayly competed in the playdown to see who represented the Yukon at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

Her team came up just short in their bid, losing to Team Eby in the fifth and deciding game.

Wade has more experience in mixed doubles. Last January, Wade and Helen Strong travelled to Innsbruck, Austria to curl in the World Winter Masters Games.

The Scoffins learned they were going to Calgary close to the starting date of the tournament. This didn’t leave them much time to practice doubles, however, they said they did get lots of games in this year.

“We played as a family lots this year,” said Wade.

Wade and Bayly had well-known names in their Pool. They curled against the eventual winners Kerri Einarson and Brad Gushue, who won the championship last Thursday.

They also got to play against Jennifer Jones and Brent Laing.

“We had world-class curlers in our pool,” said Wade. “Against Jones, Laing, we played them in the evening. Curling Canada played music in the background and it was almost like playing at the home club.”

There were no fans allowed in the curling bubble, as it was for the Scotties and the Brier. Since Curling Canada had already held two major events in Calgary, Wade said they had smoothed everything out.

“They (Curling Canada) fine-tuned things,” said Wade. “After our tests, we had many different options and varieties. We could socialize at the rink and in the stands because there was designated seating.”

Einarson, fresh off a win at the Scotties, and Gushue outlasted Kadriana Sahaidak and Colton Lott in the final 9-6.

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