On Sunday night in Kingston, Team Ontario led by 23 year-old skip Rachel Homan, defeated Manitoba 9-6 in the championship final in Kingston, Ontario and will represent Canada at the Women’s World Curling Championship in Riga, Latvia from March 16-24.
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The playoffs are now set for the 2013 Scotties Tournament of Hearts. After a solid week, Manitoba’s Jennifer Jones made history Friday night in Kingston, Ontario, by becoming the first female skip to go a perfect 12-0 in the round robin of the national curling championship. Manitoba will now play Ontario’s Rachel Homan in the 1-2 playoff game (Saturday, TSN, 5:00 p.m.) with the winner advancing to the final (Sunday, TSN, 5:00 p.m.) and the loser playing the winner of the 3-4 game between British Columbia’s Kelly Scott and Canada’s Heather Nedohin (Saturday, TSN, 12:00 p.m.) in the semi-final (Sunday, TSN, 7:00 a.m.).
In defeating New Brunswick 7-6, Jones now has 100 career victories at Canada’s women’s national curling championship.
Jones, who is representing Team Manitoba, is now 10-0 in the 2013 tournament and has become the dominant team in the round robin. Heading into her final round robin match against Team Saskatchewan tonight, Manitoba has outscored her opponents 87-41 throughout the week.
In the last two days, Jones, the four-time Scotties champion, has defeated previously unbeaten Team Canada 8-5 Wednesday afternoon and previously unbeaten Ontario 9-7 Thursday morning.
Unless disaster strikes, it is all but certain now that Jones will play in the 1-2 game scheduled for Saturday night.
Team Canada led by Edmonton’s Heather Nedohin, Manitoba’s Jennifer Jones and Ontario’s Rachel Homan are all at 5-0 heading into Tuesday’s action.
Nedohin’s team was completely dominant yesterday defeating Quebec 12-2 and Newfoundland 10-3. Jones was equally dominant in defeating Nova Scotia 11-4 and Northwest Territories 9-1.
The fact that Jennifer Jones, Rachel Homan and Heather Nedohin are 3-0 should come as no surprise because they were three of the clear cut tournament favourites. However not too many curling fans knew about Team Saskatchewan heading into the Scotties, who are also undefeated so far.
Edmonton’s Heather Nedohin will be wearing the Canadian colours this week and will be participating field. Her first opponent this weekend is New Brunswick’s Andrea Crawford (formerly Kelly), a six-time provincial champion, an impressive statistic when you realize Crawford is only 27. The opening draw is on TSN Saturday at noon mountain time.
Sunday might just have been one of the greatest days in the history of Grande Prairie sports. At the 2013 Alberta Scotties Tournament of Hearts final in Lethbridge, Kristie Moore of the Grande Prairie Curling Club defeated Renee Sonnenberg of Grande Prairie 8-7 in an extra end.
Moore, has curled on the largest curling stage before, but only as a fifth player for Calgary’s Cheryl Bernard’s Silver medal winning rink at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.
Koe (4-2) will be playing an early morning tie-breaker against Manitoba’s Mike McEwen (Saturday, TSN, 7:00 a.m.) with the winner playing Glenn Howard in the men’s semi-final (Saturday, TSN, 5:30 p.m.). The winner of the semi-final will then play Jeff Stoughton of Winnipeg in Sunday’s final (TSN, 1:30 p.m.).
On the women’s side, Nedohin will face Team Jones (without Jennifer Jones who gave birth two weeks ago) in the semi-final, and then Stefanie Lawton of Saskatchewan in Sunday’s championship final (TSN, 8:30 a.m.).
Yesterday afternoon, Nedohin got things back on track with a 9-8 victory over the United States in the fourth place tie-breaker.
Nedohin’s team got off to a commanding 4-0 lead after the second end before hanging on for the narrow victory. They now will have to face Korea’s Ji-Sun Kim in the 3-4 game this afternoon (1pm, TSN). With a win, they will then face Switzerland’s Mirjam Ott, the two-time Olympic silver medallist in the semi-final (6pm, TSN) and then if they win that, they will have to face Sweden’s Margaretha Sigfridsson in the final (Sunday, 4:30pm).
In the second end this afternoon, Team Czech Republic scored a remarkable five points to take an early 5-0 lead when the Canadian team allowed the Czech Republic to bunch up some stones on the right hand side of the sheet and Nedohin flashed with her final rock.
But give a significant amount of credit to Nedohin’s foursome who simply failed to give up. Team Canada scored a deuce in the third, followed by a steal of three in the fourth to tie the game at 5. Nedohin then dominated the second half of the game, constantly pressuring Czaech skip Linda Klimova with steals in the sixth, seventh and eighth ends and a 8-7 victory.
Next up for Nedohin is Team Denmark this evening. The victory this afternoon was mentally draining for Nedohin’s team, so it will be interesting to see if there is enough energy. Also watch out for the second end, as that is the end where Nedohin says the team are having “brain farts”. Canada is a perfect 4-0 now and lead South Korea and Sweden at 4-1.
The question is should they be 3-0? On Sunday night, Switzerland’s Mirjam Ott missed a rather simple takeout of a Canadian stone behind a long guard.
You could make the strong argument that Switzerland lost last night more than Canada won 6-5. But at the end of the day, the Canadian team is right where they want to be, and have looked more impressive on the ice after the first three games of the Women’s World Curling Championship than they did at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.
The level of competition should be a little easier over the next day or two than it was on the weekend. Team Canada has the Czech Republic and Denmark today followed by Russia and Sweden tomorrow. In fact the only team I see that will create significant problems for Nedohin between now and the end of the round robin is Scotland’s Eve Muirhead Thursday night in the final round robin draw.
Sunday in Red Deer Nedohin defeated Team British Columbia by a score of 7-6.
It was simply a dominating performance by Nedohin’s team–especially second Jessica Mair and third Beth Iskiw. Both made more than one incredible clutch shot in the final. Iskiw curled 93%, compared to British Columbia’s third Sasha Carter who struggled all day long and only curled 69%.
With the win, Nedohin will now represent Team Canada at the 2012 Women’s World Curling Championships in Lethbridge, Alberta.
Remarkably Nedohin might be a World Champion without leaving her province for the second time. In 1996, she won the Canadian Junior Championship in Edmonton and then won the World Junior Championship in Red Deer starting March 17.
Nedohin, whose team is out of the Saville Sports Centre in Edmonton, is the wife of former World Champion David Nedohin, who threw fourth stones for Randy Ferbey. Nedohin is a three-time World Champion himself.
This is the first time the host province has won the Scotties Tournament of Hearts since Kelley Law accomplished the feat in 2000.
Nedohin, third Beth Iskiw, second Jessica Mair and lead Laine Peters will try to become the first Alberta curling team to win the Scotties Tournament of Hearts on Alberta soil.
This afternoon in Red Deer, Nedohin’s rink will take on Team British Columbia’s Kelly Scott, the 2006 and 2007 Scotties Tournament of Hearts Champion.
In the round robin, Alberta won 7-4 when they faced each other Tuesday afternoon. But you can basically throw that result out the window because British Columbia was hit by the flu bug at that time. B.C. third Sasha Carter is curling phenomenal at the moment, and made two unbelievable shots in the 1-2 game Friday night.
In yesterday afternoon’s semi-final, Nedohin won 6-5 by the absolute slimmest of margins. A measure was needed to prove that the final stone she threw was closer to the rings than the Manitoba rock at the top of the four foot. A major reason why Alberta won Saturday as well was the fact that Manitoba third Kaitlyn Lawes was off her game. Lawes missed several key shots to give Alberta the win.