Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Champs sidelined

Her voice was nearly shot but one still could feel the regret of an unsatisfying ending coming from the strained utterances of Kathie Jackson.
The Fort Frances skip won’t repeat her magical run from last year after the defending Northern Ontario women’s champ in The Travelers (formerly Dominion) Curling Club Championships was eliminated after finishing third in the four-team field with a 2-3 record at the Region 1 playdowns in Atikokan over the weekend.

“It is disappointing,” said Jackson, who only three months ago was in Thunder Bay with her crew of third Teresa McFayden, second Lisa Penner, and lead Kris Sinclair battling for the national title in the club players-only event.
“We just didn’t curl our best,” she added.
“ It didn’t help that [Penner] and I were fighting some injury problems. . . .
“We had real trouble with adjusting to the ice.”
Jackson got off to a shaky start in the double round-robin format, having to rebound from a 6-3 deficit after six ends to score three in the seventh and steal one in the eighth for a 7-6 win over Val Stus (Atikokan).
Lori Hoppe (Kenora) then beat Jackson 6-2.
Eventual regional champ Crystal Wojtowicz (Keewatin) didn’t give Jackson much of a breather the next morning—striking for three in the first en route to a 7-4 victory.
Jackson rebounded in her second meeting against Stus, scoring four in the final end for a 10-6 win.
But Wojtowicz was too tough in the late draw Saturday, beating Jackson 7-2.
With Hoppe also losing Saturday’s late draw to fall to 3-2, two games behind Wojtowicz (5-0), Sunday’s lone draw was deemed unnecessary and dropped.
“[Wojtowicz] will be a good representative for this region,” said Jackson, who now has her sights set on the rest of the season locally.
“We’ve got the club championship still coming up and the ladies’ bonspiel, as well,” she noted.
“So we’re going to try and finish the year strong.”

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