Scotties match between Northwest Territories, Canada postponed due to illness in bubble


The Saturday afternoon curling game between Northwest Territories and Team Canada has been postponed after a member of Kerry Galusha’s Yellowknife foursome fell ill in the middle of the night Friday.

Galusha, speaking exclusively to CBC Sports, said they found out the game was cancelled Saturday afternoon.

“We had to report an illness. Curling Canada made the decision to postpone it,” she said from her hotel room in Calgary.

“The team member was feeling ill in the middle of the night.”

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All members of Galusha’s rink are now isolating in separate rooms in the hotel as they await a negative test result from the player who is ill.

The game has been moved to Monday morning.

“The doctor came and saw her and took her temperature. She has to do another test and until she is cleared we have to isolate in our rooms,” Galusha said.

Curlers have had to provide three negative tests before the competition. Saturday marks the first full day of competition at this year’s Scotties.

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Galusha’s team lost to Northern Ontario 8-7 on Friday evening.

“We had a tough game last night, we blew it. We were in control of that whole game and we let it slip away,” Galusha said.

While Galusha did express concern over the situation unfolding in the bubble, she was quick to praise Curling Canada for the way they’re handling everything so far.

“They have protocols, Curling Canada was on top of it. They’ve been very informative. It’s safety first. Teams need to report if there’s an illness,” she said.

“I think Curling Canada has done an amazing job. I know things have gone off the rails the first couple days but they’ve handled themselves so well and have been in contact with us.”

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