Friday, April 18, 2014

Jones handed loss

WINNIPEG—And then there was one.
Val Sweeting, the 26-year-old skip from Vegreville, Alta., knocked off four-time Scotties winner Jennifer Jones last night to claim sole possession of first place at the Canadian Olympic curling trials.

But she says her young squad isn’t going to drop that underdog moniker just yet.
“We still like to think we are,” said Sweeting, who curls out of Edmonton with third Joanne Courtney, 24, second Dana Ferguson, 26, and lead Rachelle Pidherny, 27.
“Yeah, we’re 3-0 but there’s lots of week left and we don’t have a playoff spot or anything like that yet,” she stressed.
Sweeting was down three early but evened things up in six and stole seven points en route to a convincing 9-6 win over Jones.
Jones, who entered the game in a tie for first with Sweeting, now sits in second at 2-1 along with fellow Winnipeg skip Chelsea Carey, who knocked off Ottawa’s Rachel Homan 9-8.
“We just missed a couple of bad shots and lost control of the game,” noted Jones, who is trying to claim the one prize that has eluded her team—the right to represent Canada at the Olympics.
“We battled back and won one today, this morning, and kind of let one slip away tonight, but we’ll come beck sharper tomorrow,” she pledged.
Homan and the rest of the women’s field sit at 1-2.
On the men’s side, Jeff Stoughton made a great shot to tie their game but it wasn’t enough as Kevin Martin extended his winning streak to two games.
Brad Jacobs and John Morris also stayed undefeated.
Stoughton knows he has no more room left to lose another game, with all agreeing a record of 5-2 probably is a must to make the playoffs.
“I would think so. It’s not where we wanted to be after two games,” he admitted.
“We’ve played worse and won.”
He already has said this will be the last time he tries to win a spot on the Olympic team.
“There’s five games left . . . we’re not out of this by any means,” he stressed.
Martin agreed that losing more than two looks like elimination.
“Five and two is safe; four and three I don’t think ever has been,” he said.
Jacobs was enjoying the moment, as well.
“It’s a seven-game round robin so every win is huge,” he remarked.
“You feel great to be at 2-0. You wouldn’t want to be 0-2.”

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