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Sports Manitoba's Jennifer Jones wins Scotties

08:05  05 february  2018
08:05  05 february  2018 Source:   msn.com

Jennifer Jones dominates early Scotties draws

  Jennifer Jones dominates early Scotties draws Jennifer Jones dominates early Scotties drawsPENTICTON, B.C. - It was another dominating performance for Manitoba's Jennifer Jones at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

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PENTICTON, B.C. - Manitoba's Jennifer Jones has won the Scotties Tournament of Hearts for the sixth time in her career, tying her with Colleen Jones of Nova Scotia for the all-time record.

Manitoba beat Wild Card Kerri Einarson 8-6 on Sunday in the title draw at the Canadian women's curling championship at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

The victory was sealed on Einarson's last rock in the 10th end when she was unable to get it to slide to the button after hitting another rock. Jones didn't need to throw her last rock.

"It means a lot," Jones said about matching the record. "We've had a lot of disappointment over the last few weeks. You never know when it's going to be our last year as a team. It feels great."

Jones, Einarson unbeaten at Scotties

  Jones, Einarson unbeaten at Scotties Another quick start, another big win for Manitoba’s Jennifer Jones at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. Jones' rink led 6-1 through four ends en route to an 11-5 win over Nova Scotia. Jones' rink led 6-1 through four ends en route to an 11-5 win over Nova Scotia. The five-time champion sealed her third straight double-digit victory with three in the ninth and final end at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

Jones, the Olympic champion from the Sochi 2014 Games, won her first national title in 2005 and says it's a thrill to be compared to Nova Scotia's Jones, who last won a Scotties in 2005.

"Colleen Jones is one of the legends. We're right up there now," said Jones, whose team includes third Shannon Birchard, second Jill Officer and lead Dawn McEwen. "It's so humbling, it's just mind boggling to me to be honest."

Birchard was a late addition for Manitoba. The 23-year-old made her first Scotties appearance in place of Kaitlyn Lawes, who is representing Canada at the Winter Olympics in mixed doubles.

"It's pretty unbelievable. I don't even have words right now, I'm speechless," said Birchard. "I'm so overjoyed and so happy that they chose me to come along. This has been a dream of mine for a really long time."

Newfoundland beats Alberta to stay undefeated at Scotties

  Newfoundland beats Alberta to stay undefeated at Scotties Stacie Curtis came out on top in a battle of unbeaten teams at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. The Newfoundland and Labrador skip defeated Alberta’s Casey Scheidegger 9-5 in Monday afternoon’s marquee matchup at the South Okanagan Events Centre. Curtis is 4-0 and first in the Pool B, followed by Scheidegger with a 3-1 record. "It is kind of a little surreal right now," said Curtis of the St. John’s Curling Club. "We had a really great game just now against Alberta. They are a really tough team.

Kristin MacCuish led Team Wild Card at 89 per cent.

Jones said Einarson and her foursome played a great game and that it was similar to their Page 1-2 playoff draw a night earlier.

Einarson was emotional from the loss.

"We were in control and I knew that draw I missed for three was going to bite me in the butt, and it did, which was unfortunate," said Einarson, supported by teammates third Selena Kaatz, second Liz Fyfe and lead Kristin MacCuish.

Throughout the match, the crowd of 3,840 had Team Wild Card's back.

Einarson said it was pretty amazing to have that support.

"When they are just cheering for us, it gave us so much more energy to keep going," she said. "That's truly awesome. I really appreciate the fan support. It gives you goosebumps every time they cheer for you."

Einarson defeated Nova Scotia's Mary-Anne Arsenault 12-9 in Sunday morning's semifinal to book her spot in the late afternoon title match against Jones. Jones earned her spot in the final by beating Einarson Saturday night in the Page 1-2 playoff.

Einarson made it into the Scotties by beating Chelsea Carey's Calgary rink in the play-in game on Day 1 of the tournament.

Team Wild Card led the final 4-2 after five ends.

Wild Card Einarson beats Nova Scotia’s Arsenault in Scotties semis .
Wild Card Einarson beats Nova Scotia’s Arsenault in Scotties semisPENTICTON, B.C. – Two Winnipeg-based skips will compete for the Scotties Tournament of Hearts title.

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