Wilfrid Laurier alumnus Danielle Inglis has never had a problem stepping into a different spot in the lineup.
Winning a junior title as skip out of Burington in 2008, she played vice with Hollie Nicol at skip for back-to-back Laurier CIS titles in 2008, 2009. She was also playing second with Ontario women's finalist Jillian Mouzar in 2012-13 and then at second with Nicol (along with Stephanie Ledrew and Courtney Davies) for 2013-14.
When all three teammates decided to take a year away from the game for various reasons, Inglis was once again looking for a team.
She landed on her feet with former junior adversary Cassandra de Groot calling asking if Inglis would be interested in taking over Katie Morrissey's team (the skip was off to Alberta). Vice Shannon Harrington and lead Kiri Campbell made up the rest of the squad.
Inglis hadn't skipped in five years but it appears she hasn't missed a beat as she reached a semifinal game at the Stu Sells Oakville Tankard over the weekend.
"I'm honestly happy to play the position that works best on the team I'm on," Inglis said. "Each position comes with a different pressure and a different mindset so I am happy to take on the new challenge of skipping."
Inglis misses the sweeping but the pressure of throwing the last rock is something she welcomes.
"This team is is kind of reminiscent of the 2007-08 (junior champion) season where we were a new team that you wouldn't expect necessarily to come together and we're coming in under the radar."
Inglis lost to Alina Paetz out of Switzerland 5-3 in the semifinal.
"Two perfect ticks sealed our fate," Inglis said.
It was an all-Swiss women's final in Oakville with Silvana Tirinzoni winning 8-4.
"They're both very strong teams. It definitely wasn't our best game against Paetz, but they also barely missed a shot."
Tirinzoni picked up $5,000, Paetz $3,500 while as a semifinalst Inglis earned $2,500.
Inglis is likely now on everyone's radar with the Shorty Jenkins spiel coming up Sept. 18-21.
2014 Ontario champions Alli Flaxey who played out of Listowel last season was among the playoff qualifiers losing to Tirinzoni.
In the men'sfinal, Manitoba's Mike McEwen topped John Epping 6-2. Epping is skipping the former Mark Kean team Travis Fanset, Patrick Janssen and TIm March. Meanwhile Conestoga College grad Kean - who has two former Epping teammates with Scott Howard and Kitchener's Dave Mathers, plus Matt Camm at vice - lost to McEwen in the semifinal.