2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts http://www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en Canadian Curling Association Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:56:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.6.1 Second straight Scotties title for Homan http://www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/2014/02/09/second-straight-scotties-title-for-homan/ http://www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/2014/02/09/second-straight-scotties-title-for-homan/#comments Mon, 10 Feb 2014 04:37:34 +0000 Jean Mills http://www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/?p=1047 Rachel Homan won her second Canadian women’s curling championship on Sunday night, defeating Val Sweeting of Alberta 8-6 in the final of the 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts played at the Maurice-Richard Arena in Montréal.

(Photo CCA/Andrew Klaver)

(Photo CCA/Andrew Klaver)

“Unbelievable,” said Homan about her team. “They couldn’t have played better. We all just believe in each other and played hard right to the end.”

“It was not an easy game,” she said. “They (Alberta) made us work for every point we got.

Team Canada – Homan, Emma Miskew, Alison Kreviazuk, Lisa Weagle, alternate Stephanie LeDrew and coach Earle Morris – took control right from the start, blanking the first end and scoring in the second when Sweeting’s take-out attempt just ticked a guard. Team Canada was able to draw for three, something Homan agreed was an advantage, but with risks as well.

“Definitely, but it’s a long game,” Homan said. “Not something to get excited about. We had to make everything.”

Sweeting drew for her deuce in four, but it was hard for the Alberta foursome to get any offence started against the powerful hitting of the defending champions. In six, trailing 5-3, Alberta took advantage of a Homan draw that slid too far. Sweeting put another rock on the button, but Homan threw one of her trademark big weight takeouts to scatter everything in the house and score two.

It was that kind of a game: Sweeting and her team of Joanne Courtney, Dana Ferguson, Rachelle Pidherny, alternate Renée Sonnenberg and coach Taina Smiley tried to place rocks in scoring position, and Homan simply went after them with her team’s powerful hitting. It was fitting that the last shot of the game was hit for the win.

“I’m really proud of the team and being able to come this far,” said Sweeting. “We would have liked to have played a bit better, but they’re a great team (Team Canada) and they’ll be a great representatives.”

It was the second straight Scotties title for Homan and her team, who play out of the Ottawa Curling Club. Homan, who also won the Sandra Schmirler Award as the Scotties MVP, reached the final after going undefeated in the round robin, and scoring a 6-4 win over Manitoba’s Chelsey Carey in the Page 1 vs 2 playoff game on Friday night.

With the win, Homan and her team will move on to represent Canada at the 2014 Ford World Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Booster Juice, March 15-23 in Saint John, N.B. At the 2013 event in Riga, Latvia, Homan won a bronze medal, but she wants more.
“We were there last year at worlds and didn’t quite come home with the medal we wanted,” she said. “We want to go back and get that gold this time.”

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Team Canada’s Rachel Homan defends Scotties title http://www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/2014/02/09/team-canadas-rachel-homan-defends-scotties-title/ http://www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/2014/02/09/team-canadas-rachel-homan-defends-scotties-title/#comments Mon, 10 Feb 2014 03:34:08 +0000 Jean Mills http://www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/?p=1017 Rachel Homan won her second Canadian women’s curling championship on Sunday night, defeating Val Sweeting of Alberta 8-6 in the final of the 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts at  Maurice-Richard Arena in Montréal.

Rachel Homan (Photo CCA/Andrew Klaver)

Rachel Homan (Photo CCA/Andrew Klaver)

It was the second Scotties title for Homan and her team of Emma Miskew, Alison Kreviazuk, Lisa Weagle, alternate Stephanie LeDrew and coach Earle Morris, who play out of the Ottawa Curling Club. Homan also won the Canadian junior title in 2010.

Homan reached the final after going undefeated in the round robin, and scoring a 6-4 win over Manitoba’s Chelsey Carey in the Page 1 vs 2 playoff game on Friday night.

With the win, Homan and her team will move on to represent Canada at the 2014 Ford World Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Booster Juice, March 15-23 in Saint John, N.B. At the 2013 world championship in Riga, Latvia, Homan won a bronze medal.

The winner of the 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts will represent Canada at the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Booster Juice, March 15 to 23 in Saint John, N.B.

The 2014 Scotties marks the 33rd year of Kruger Products Limited’s sponsorship of the Canadian women’s championship.

 

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Bronze medal for Manitoba at Scotties http://www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/2014/02/09/bronze-medal-for-manitoba-at-scotties/ http://www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/2014/02/09/bronze-medal-for-manitoba-at-scotties/#comments Sun, 09 Feb 2014 23:31:17 +0000 Jean Mills http://www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/?p=1015 It wasn’t the colour she’d hoped for, but Chelsea Carey and her Manitoba team stole three points in the 10th end to win the Bronze medal at the 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, defeating Stefanie Lawton 7-3 on Sunday afternoon at the Maurice-Richard Arena in Montréal.

“Podium finish is good at our first Scotties,” said Carey. “And to come back and battle today – I’m so proud of the girls for hanging in there.”

After finishing second in the round robin, Carey and her team of Kristy McDonald, Kristen Foster, Lindsay Titheridge, alternate Breanne Meakin and coach Dan Carey, challenged reigning champion Rachel Homan in the Page 1 vs 2 playoff game on Friday night, losing a close 5-4 contest. A loss against Alberta’s Val Sweeting in the semifinal sent the first-time Scotties skip into the Bronze-medal game.

Manitoba Chelsea Casey in the Bronze medal game, 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts

“The disappointment doesn’t go away,” said Carey about losing the semifinal a day earlier. “But you want to salvage whatever you can out of it. Winning that and putting ourselves on the podium – you want to come out and earn that.”

Lawton came into the game having finished the Scotties round robin in third place and losing the Page 3 vs 4 playoff to Alberta’s Val Sweeting 8-7. Trailing 4-3 after nine, she found herself in trouble in the tenth. With no way of drawing against four, Lawton and her team of Sherry Anderson, Sherri Singler, Marliese Kasner, alternate Dailene Sivertson and coach Rick Folk, elected to try a difficult run back for one to tie it up, but the rock just didn’t curl enough and Carey ended up with the steal – and the bronze medal.

“It was worth a try,” said Lawton about her final shot. “It was there. I had to stick it right on the nose, and it couldn’t roll off the one way. So it was there for one. We just didn’t leave ourselves in a great position to score that end.”

Despite the disappointment, the Saskatchewan skip was able to take some positives out of her Scotties experience.

“It would have been nice to end it with a medal, but I’m really proud of the girls,” she said. “They played so well, and it was a great tournament for us. It’s unfortunate how it ended.”

“We played some really, really strong games and our team is better as a unit,” she added. “We had a blast out here. Montreal did such a fantastic job of hosting it, and we were so excited to be here. We thank the host committee, the icemakers, the community of Montreal for such a wonderful event.”

The final of the 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts between undefeated Homan and Alberta’s Val Sweeting takes place Sunday at 7:30 p.m. (ET).

TSN/RDS2, the official broadcaster of the CCA’s Season of Champions, will provide extensive coverage of the 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, with 66 hours of live broadcasts scheduled.

The winner of the 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts will represent Canada at the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Booster Juice, March 15 to 23 in Saint John, N.B.

The 2014 Scotties marks the 33rd year of Kruger Products Limited’s sponsorship of the Canadian women’s championship.

For ticket information, go to: www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/tickets/

For schedule information, go to: www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/draw-schedule/

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Scotties All-Stars, Sportsmanship and Builder Award winners announced http://www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/2014/02/09/scotties-all-stars-sportsmanship-and-builder-award-winners-announced/ http://www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/2014/02/09/scotties-all-stars-sportsmanship-and-builder-award-winners-announced/#comments Sun, 09 Feb 2014 13:00:47 +0000 Jean Mills http://www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/?p=1011 The first and second All-Star teams at the 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts were announced, with Team Canada claiming three of the first-team awards.

The first All-Star team includes second Alison Kreviazuk (90%), third Emma Miskew (91%) and Rachel Homan at skip (90%). Named first-team All-Star lead was Nova Scotia’s Teri Lake (89%).

The second-team All-Star skip is Chelsea Carey (85%) from Team Manitoba. At lead is Team Ontario’s Morgan Court (89%). Saskatchewan placed two All-Stars on the second team – Sherri Singler (88%) at second and third Sherry Anderson (85%)

All-Star teams are selected solely on their statistics during round-robin play.

(Photo CCA/Andrew Klaver)

(Photo CCA/Andrew Klaver)

Also announced were the winners of both the Marj Mitchell Sportsmanship and the Joan Mead Builder Awards.

The Marj Mitchell Sportsmanship Award was presented to Saskatchewan’s Sherry Anderson, who was making her seventh appearance at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. This cherished award is selected by the curlers and is named in honour of the late Saskatchewan skip who won the first women’s World title for Canada in 1980. The award honours an individual who the competitors feel exemplifies the true spirit of curling.

The Joan Mead Builder Award was presented to Linda Moore, who has been a key member of the TSN curling coverage team since 1989. Linda won the world curling title in 1995 and skipped Canada to a gold medal at the Olympics in 1988 in Calgary, when curling was a demonstration sport. Each year, this award is presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the growth and development of women’s curling in Canada. The Builders Award is named after Joan Mead, the late CBC producer who is credited with many innovative developments in curling broadcasting.

One final award, the Sandra Schmirler Most Valuable Player award, will be presented during the closing ceremonies of the Scotties Tournament of Hearts on Sunday, February 8, along with the Shot of the Week Award.

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HeartChart Day 9 http://www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/heartchart-daily-paper/ http://www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/heartchart-daily-paper/#comments Sun, 09 Feb 2014 09:31:20 +0000 Glenn van Gulik http://www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/?p=1023 Here’s the ninth and final issue of the HeartChart, the Canadian Curling Association-supported daily newspaper at the 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Montreal, Quebec.

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Extra-end win sends Sweeting to Scotties final http://www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/2014/02/08/extra-end-win-sends-sweeting-to-scotties-final/ http://www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/2014/02/08/extra-end-win-sends-sweeting-to-scotties-final/#comments Sun, 09 Feb 2014 01:12:01 +0000 Jean Mills http://www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/?p=1001 Alberta’s Val Sweeting came into the Scotties semifinal riding high after stealing an 8-7 win over Saskatchewan’s Stefanie Lawton on Saturday afternoon in Montréal’s Maurice-Richard Arena.

And not even Manitoba’s Chelsea Carey could bring her down to earth. Sweeting and her Alberta foursome are headed to the Scotties final against defending champion Rachel Homan after scoring one in an extra end to defeat Carey 6-5 in the semifinal at the Maurice-Richard Arena.

Val Sweeting (Photo CCA/Andrew Klaver)

Val Sweeting (Photo CCA/Andrew Klaver)

“We felt in control,” she said. “There were a few scary moments out there. We thought we were playing well and keeping our rocks in good spots. There’s a couple of shots I’d like back, but both teams were playing really well, and it was fun.”

Both teams took advantage of a few misses to score their points. After scoring a deuce in six, Sweeting capitalized on a pair of roll-outs by Manitoba third Kristy McDonald to get three scoring rocks into position, and stole a point when Carey’s final draw slid too deep. In the next end, it was Carey’s turn to take advantage of Sweeting’s missed draw, scoring two to tie it 4-4 after eight.

The extra end was a waiting game. Carey put up the guards and waited for a mistake, which came when third Joanne Courtney threw a takeout that slid through a port, missing everything. With a Manitoba stone just touching the four-foot, Sweeting drew for the single point.

“We practice that a lot at home and when you have the best sweepers out there (lead Rachelle Pidherny and third Courtney), you feel pretty confident making it,” said Sweeting, who admitted to being a little bit nervous when she let her last shot go. “But I knew just to get it close and they’d judge it great, and that’s what they did.”

Carey did her best to hold off the Albertans in the extra end, but without hammer, it was an impossible task.

“We missed a few too many shots,” said the disappointed Manitoba skip. “They made us pay for our misses more than we made them pay for theirs. We were real close to a lot of shots, but we didn’t quite make it.”

Carey will play Stefanie Lawton of Saskatchewan in Sunday’s Bronze medal game at 2:30 p.m. (ET), while Sweeting will meet Rachel Homan and Team Canada for the 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts championship at 7:30 p.m. (ET).

“It’s huge,” Sweeting said, looking forward to the Sunday’s final. “To be one game away from a dream come true like that, it feels really good.”

(Photo CCA/Andrew Klaver)

(Photo CCA/Andrew Klaver)

TSN/RDS2, the official broadcaster of the CCA’s Season of Champions, will provide extensive coverage of the 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, with 66 hours of live broadcasts scheduled.

The winner of the 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts will represent Canada at the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Booster Juice, March 15 to 23 in Saint John, N.B.

The 2014 Scotties marks the 33rd year of Kruger Products Limited’s sponsorship of the Canadian women’s championship.

For ticket information, go to: www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/tickets/

For schedule information, go to: www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/draw-schedule/

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Alberta’s Sweeting steals her way to semifinal against Manitoba http://www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/2014/02/08/albertas-sweeting-steals-her-way-to-semifinal-against-manitoba/ http://www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/2014/02/08/albertas-sweeting-steals-her-way-to-semifinal-against-manitoba/#comments Sat, 08 Feb 2014 19:56:20 +0000 Jean Mills http://www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/?p=993 Alberta’s Val Sweeting stole her way to the semifinal of the 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts after defeating Stefanie Lawton 8-7 in the Page 3 vs 4 playoff Saturday afternoon at Maurice-Richard Arena.

Lawton led 3-1 after five, in a game that saw both teams playing cautiously for the first few ends. In six, Alberta got a break when Lawton’s hit and roll attempt rolled out, leaving Sweeting an open draw for two and the first deuce of the game.

“We had a bit of a shaky start,” admitted Sweeting. “Saskatchewan was playing really well. I thought we kept our rocks in good spots in the second half.”

(Photo CCA/Andrew Klaver)

(Photo CCA/Andrew Klaver)

The intensity picked up in the seventh. With rocks from both teams gathered on the four-foot, Lawton attempted to draw, but her rock tapped and rolled into the open, leaving a double. Sweeting stole two when Lawton’s draw came up short.

Sweeting and team of Joanne Courtney, Dana Ferguson, Rachel Pidherny, alternate Renée Sonnenberg and coach Taina Smiley put on a show in the eighth, throwing a big weight hit to remove two Saskatchewan rocks and avoid a jam.

Lawton’s draw against four came up short again, giving Sweeting a steal of three and an insurmountable 8-3 lead after eight ends.

“It was a little keen out there, and I threw them light and the girls just couldn’t take them there,” Lawton said. “Just unfortunate for us. I had great draw weight early in the game and then I just seemed to lose it. Two tough draws and I just couldn’t make it for the girls, so I feel not so good about that.”

“Not our best game, that’s for sure, but Val played very, very well,” said a disappointed Lawton, who will now play the loser of Saturday evening’s semifinal in the Bronze medal game on Sunday.

Sweeting will meet Manitoba’s Chelsea Carey in the semifinal at 4 p.m. Saturday (ET), with the winner earning a ticket to the Scotties final against Team Canada’s Rachel Homan. In the meeting between Alberta and Manitoba during the round robin, Sweeting came out on top of a 7-4 score.

“I think it will be a good game,” said the Alberta skip about the upcoming semifinal. “Last time we played them there was a lot of rocks in play and both teams played really well, so I expect that again. They’re a good team. We’ll have to play well.”

“The ice was great, and we caught on to it,” she said. “We just have to carry that on to tonight.”

TSN/RDS2, the official broadcaster of the CCA’s Season of Champions, will provide extensive coverage of the 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, with 66 hours of live broadcasts scheduled.

The winner of the 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts will represent Canada at the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Booster Juice, March 15 to 23 in Saint John, N.B.

The 2014 Scotties marks the 33rd year of Kruger Products Limited’s sponsorship of the Canadian women’s championship.

For ticket information, go to: www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/tickets/

For schedule information, go to: www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/draw-schedule/

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HeartChart Day 8 http://www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/heartchart-daily-paper/ http://www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/heartchart-daily-paper/#comments Sat, 08 Feb 2014 14:06:35 +0000 Glenn van Gulik http://www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/?p=988 Here’s the eighth issue of the HeartChart, the Canadian Curling Association-supported daily newspaper at the 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Montreal, Quebec.

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Homan earns bye to Scotties final http://www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/2014/02/08/homan-earns-bye-to-scotties-final/ http://www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/2014/02/08/homan-earns-bye-to-scotties-final/#comments Sat, 08 Feb 2014 05:10:40 +0000 Danielle Inglis http://www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/?p=978 Rachel Homan kept her undefeated record alive with a 5-4 win over Manitoba’s Chelsea Carey in the 1v2 Page playoff game at the 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Montreal, Quebec.

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Rachel Homan high fives Lisa Weagle during the 1v2 Page playoff game (Photo Andrew Klaver/CCA)

After blanking the first end, Homan set the tone in the second end with a precision double take out for three. It may have looked risky to most, but Homan is quick to explain her strategic decision.

“Why not? We like making big shots. We’re at the Scotties and we knew we could make it. It’s a one-point difference or a three on the board. There’s a time and place for it. Risk versus reward.”

The two teams traded hits in the third end resulting in another blank. The fourth end looked like a potential for Carey to score a couple, but another impressive double by Homan took away any hope of scoring a deuce. Carey settled for a draw to the four-foot for one.

In end five, Homan came up short on her first shot, leaving Carey with the opportunity to hit and sit four. Looking at four opponent rocks on her last, Homan played the scoreboard and made the open hit to give Carey a steal of one.

Great rock placement by Carey in end six resulted in another steal of one when Homan failed to execute a hit with her last.

In the seventh end, the Homan team stopped the bleeding with a draw for one against a couple of Carey stones to take a 4-3 lead.

The tables turned in end eight with Carey having to make a draw against three Homan rocks in the four foot, tying it up at 4-4.

Homan blanked the ninth to retain hammer going into the last end. In the tenth, Carey buried a rock on the tee-line around a corner guard and Homan elected to freeze to the face of the stone forcing Team Manitoba to make a play on shot rock. Carey attempted a board weight tap back, but just rubbed the guard giving Team Canada the win and a bye to the final.

“[Carey’s] team didn’t miss. They kept capitalizing on our mistakes,” said Homan. “My team’s playing amazing. Kudos to them for judging my last one perfectly. It was just enough that we forced the mistake. I’ve got to hand it to our sweepers this week, they’ve taken us here.”

The last team to win a Scotties Tournament of Hearts with an undefeated record was Linda Moore in 1985. Team Homan has a chance to make it happen again on Sunday during the final at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Carey will meet the winner of the 3v4 Page playoff game in the semi-final on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET.

The 3v4 game will feature Saskatchewan’s Stefanie Lawton squaring off against Alberta’s Val Sweeting on Saturday at 11 a.m. ET.

TSN/RDS2, the official broadcaster of the CCA’s Season of Champions, will provide extensive coverage of the 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, with 66 hours of live broadcasts scheduled.

The winner of the 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts will represent Canada at the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Booster Juice, March 15 to 23 in Saint John, N.B.

The 2014 Scotties marks the 33rd year of Kruger Products Limited’s sponsorship of the Canadian women’s championship.

For ticket information, go to: www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/tickets/

For schedule information, go to: www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/draw-schedule/

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Carey clinches spot in Page 1v2 game http://www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/2014/02/07/carey-clinches-spot-in-page-1v2-game/ http://www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/2014/02/07/carey-clinches-spot-in-page-1v2-game/#comments Fri, 07 Feb 2014 18:44:28 +0000 Danielle Inglis http://www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/?p=972 Manitoba’s Chelsea Carey is exactly where she wants to be after earning a spot in the 1v2 Page playoff game with a win over P.E.I.’s Kim Dolan this morning at the 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Montreal, Quebec.

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Chelsea Carey calling line during the final round robin draw (Photo CCA/Andrew Klaver)

Carey and Dolan traded points throughout the game leaving the score tied 4-4 after nine ends. Using the hammer to her advantage in the tenth end, Carey made the hit for the 6-4 victory.

“Early on we just really struggled, myself largely. We just missed easy shots and weren’t able to get sharp early, but got it together for the second half,” said Carey. “Kim Dolan was making everything! We had to patient and manage the scoreboard.”

Carey now advances to the Page 1v2 game against Team Canada’s Rachel Homan. Despite her win during the first round robin game this week, Homan is still only 5-7 against Carey since 2011.

“We couldn’t have more respect for [the Homan team],” said Carey. “They are one of the best teams in the world. We’re going to have to be at the top of our game to have a chance. The style of game they play, if they’re making everything, you probably don’t beat them. You just have to be patient and hope you get a miss or two.”

Homan maintained her undefeated round robin record with a 7-3 win over New Brunswick’s Andrea Crawford. The game was tight until the ninth end when Homan made a difficult soft weight hit with her last to jump ahead and solidify the win. Crawford finished the round robin just outside of the playoffs with a 6-5 record.

Scotties darling Sarah Koltun, skip of Yukon/NWT, stole a point in the 10th end to post a win 6-5 over Saskatchewan’s Stefanie Lawton and end with a 2-9 record. Lawton joins Val Sweeting of Team Alberta with an 8-3 record and will face off against them in the 3v4 Page playoff game.

Nova Scotia’s Heather Smith finished off the round robin with a convincing 7-6 win over Ontario’s Allison Flaxey. Smith’s final record was 4-7 while Flaxey ended her run at 3-8.

The 1v2 Page playoff game with Team Canada against Team Manitoba will kick off tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET at the Maurice Richard Arena. The winner will get a bye to the final on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. ET while the other team will meet the winner of the Page 3v4 game in the semi-final.

The 3v4 game will feature Saskatchewan’s Stefanie Lawton squaring off against Alberta’s Val Sweeting for a spot in the semi-final on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET.

TSN/RDS2, the official broadcaster of the CCA’s Season of Champions, will provide extensive coverage of the 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, with 66 hours of live broadcasts scheduled.

The winner of the 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts will represent Canada at the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Booster Juice, March 15 to 23 in Saint John, N.B.

The 2014 Scotties marks the 33rd year of Kruger Products Limited’s sponsorship of the Canadian women’s championship.

For ticket information, go to: www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/tickets/

For schedule information, go to: www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/draw-schedule/

 

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HeartChart Daily Paper – Day 7 http://www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/heartchart-daily-paper/ http://www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/heartchart-daily-paper/#comments Fri, 07 Feb 2014 13:35:50 +0000 Glenn van Gulik http://www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/?p=967 Here’s the seventh issue of the HeartChart, the Canadian Curling Association-supported daily newspaper at the 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Montreal, Quebec.

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Alberta through to playoffs with a win over Manitoba http://www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/2014/02/07/alberta-through-to-playoffs-with-a-win-over-manitoba/ http://www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/2014/02/07/alberta-through-to-playoffs-with-a-win-over-manitoba/#comments Fri, 07 Feb 2014 05:22:27 +0000 Jean Mills http://www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/?p=955 With one draw left in the round robin, Alberta’s Val Sweeting assured her team of a spot in the playoffs of the 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts after defeating Manitoba’s Chelsea Carey 7-4 on Thursday night at Maurice-Richard Arena.

Sweeting, who sat in fourth place coming into the evening draw, scored three in the ninth end and stole a single in the tenth to put the game away.

“We were a little tight on time so everything was rushed,” said Sweeting about her final shot of the game, which left Carey a chance for multiple points for the win. “I think if we’d had more time I would have taken a better look on my first one and then we could have capped that off and she would have only had a shot for two. We definitely took a deep breath after that one.”

Alberta lead Rachelle Pidherny (Photo CCA/Andrew Klaver)

Alberta lead Rachelle Pidherny (Photo CCA/Andrew Klaver)

In the evening’s other game with playoff implications, Saskatchewan’s Stefanie Lawton held off B.C.’s Kesa Van Osch and also secured a spot in the playoffs with an 8-4 win. The game was close for five ends, but in the sixth, Van Osch’s final draw slid too far, giving Lawton a steal of three and a 6-2 lead, which she never relinquished.

Rachel Homan and Team Canada had no trouble controlling play over Newfoundland and Labrador’s Heather Strong. Despite trying to climb back after giving up three in the first end, Strong and her team of Laura Strong, Jessica Cunningham, Kathryn Cooper, alternate Noelle Thomas-Kennell and coach Geoff Cunningham, trailed 7-4 after seven. Canada stole two more ends for the 9-4 win.

And in the final game of Draw 16, Quebec’s Allison Ross gave the hometown fans something to cheer about in a 5-3 win over Ontario’s Allison Flaxey. Neither team is headed for playoffs, but the win helped take the sting out of a disappointing week for Ross and her team of Melissa Gannon, Brittany O’Rourke, Pamela Nugent, alternate Lisa Davies and coach Glenn Tester, who struggled on and off the ice, thanks to the flu bug that kept second O’Rourke out of action for much of the tournament.

“It kind of hurt,” said O’Rourke about having to watch from the sidelines as her team struggled. “I think we lost 15-2 against Manitoba so as much as I wanted to be out there and help them, I was stuck to my bed. It was heartbreaking.”

The crowd, including a large contingent of past Quebec curling champions, gave the team a boost, said O’Rourke.

“I loved it,” she said. “It was great having the past champions out there, and to have them cheer us on like that. All of our Glenmore Curling Club members are here. They started the wave. It was great.”

The Scotties continues Friday with the final round robin draw at 9 a.m. (all times EST).

TSN/RDS2, the official broadcaster of the CCA’s Season of Champions, will provide extensive coverage of the 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, with 66 hours of live broadcasts scheduled.

The winner of the 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts will represent Canada at the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Booster Juice, March 15 to 23 in Saint John, N.B.

The 2014 Scotties marks the 33rd year of Kruger Products Limited’s sponsorship of the Canadian women’s championship.

For ticket information, go to: www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/tickets/

For schedule information, go to: www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/draw-schedule/

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Team Canada wins a tight battle against Saskatchewan http://www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/2014/02/06/team-canada-wins-a-tight-battle-against-saskatchewan/ http://www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/2014/02/06/team-canada-wins-a-tight-battle-against-saskatchewan/#comments Thu, 06 Feb 2014 23:20:04 +0000 Jean Mills http://www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/?p=948 Team Canada’s Rachel Homan squeaked out a 7-6 win over Saskatchewan’s Stefanie Lawton, maintaining her perfect record after 15 draws at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Montréal.

(Photo CCA/Andrew Andrew Klaver)

(Photo CCA/Andrew Andrew Klaver)

“It was a really good game, fun for the fans, and good for us to get a lot of rocks in play,” said Homan, who now sits 9-0 in the standings with two games remaining.

Lawton put the pressure on early, scoring three in the second end when Homan wrecked on a guard and left an open draw.

So far in the tournament, Team Canada hasn’t faced a come-from-behind situation, but they trailed 5-3 after six ends and had to fight back.

“That wasn’t fun,” Homan said about her missed shot in the second end. “We had to battle hard to get control of the game back. We were able to force a mistake in the last end.”

With the loss, Saskatchewan moves into third place in the standings, thanks to a win by Manitoba’s Chelsea Carey. But Lawton remains focused and optimistic.

“Rachel’s team played great,” said Lawton. “We had a few misses. It wasn’t our strongest game out there, but we are definitely going to come back and fire tonight (against B.C.’s Kesa Van Osch).”

Meanwhile, on the next sheet, Carey was pushed to an extra end to defeat Ontario’s Allison Flaxey 9-8. With no chance of making the playoffs, Flaxey tried to play spoiler, but came up short.

With the win, Carey moves into second place behind Homan and has a secured a playoff spot.

In other games, Sarah Koltun of the Yukon/Northwest Territories fell just short of winning her second game, a close battle with New Brunswick’s Andrea Crawford, who started Draw 15 with a 5-4 record and needed to stay in the win column to have any chance of a spot in the tie-breakers.

Koltun stole a point in the ninth end when Crawford’s double attempt went straight and rolled too far. But in the end, it was Crawford who drew for the 5-4 win.

“They made a lot of shots, they made a lot of draws, and they had us in a lot of tricky situations,” said Crawford. “It took a lot of patience on our part, and determination.”

New Brunswick is still in contention for playoff position, but that means keeping the momentum going.

“We came into today knowing we’re still in the hunt,” Crawford said. “We’ll just take the W and see what happens tonight against Alberta.”

The only other game of the afternoon featured the battle of the two other Maritime provinces. Although neither team will move into the playoffs, P.E.I.’s Kim Dolan stole the final end to defeat Nova Scotia’s Heather Smith 7-5.

The Scotties continues with draws on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and Friday at 9 a.m. (all times EST).

TSN/RDS2, the official broadcaster of the CCA’s Season of Champions, will provide extensive coverage of the 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, with 66 hours of live broadcasts scheduled.

The winner of the 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts will represent Canada at the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Booster Juice, March 15 to 23 in Saint John, N.B.

The 2014 Scotties marks the 33rd year of Kruger Products Limited’s sponsorship of the Canadian women’s championship.

For ticket information, go to: www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/tickets/

For schedule information, go to: www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/draw-schedule/

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B.C.’s Van Osch wins another to keep playoffs in sight http://www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/2014/02/06/b-c-s-van-osch-wins-another-to-keep-playoffs-in-sight/ http://www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/2014/02/06/b-c-s-van-osch-wins-another-to-keep-playoffs-in-sight/#comments Thu, 06 Feb 2014 17:43:37 +0000 Jean Mills http://www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/?p=934 British Columbia’s Kesa Van Osch, fighting to stay in playoff contention, defeated Newfoundland and Labrador’s Heather Strong 7-3 in morning action at the 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

Kesa Van Osch (Photo CCA/Andrew Klaver)

Kesa Van Osch (Photo CCA/Andrew Klaver)

Van Osch led 3-1 at the break, and after holding Strong to one point in six, broke the game open with a score of three in the seventh. Trailing 7-3 heading into the final end, the team from St. John’s just wasn’t able to catch up.

B.C. alternate Patti Knezevic stepped into the third position to replace absent Stephanie Baier. That makes three different positions she Knezevic has played for the team, which has battled the flu throughout the week.

“It was a new hat today,” she laughed. “I have some tough shoes to fill, playing this position, but I just try to do what I can to support the team.”

For a disappointed Strong, the loss means no chance of tie-breakers for her team at this year’s Scotties.

“I just didn’t play well,” she said afterwards. “I came out flat, and that’s disappointing because we still had an outside chance. But no math equation will work for us now.”

The result will also disappoint the contingent of Newfoundland and Labrador fans who have been cheering loudly for their team throughout the round robin.

“That’s my dad,” said Strong, identifying the voice which can be heard calling encouragement from the stands. “He goes down with the ship. He’s like the band on the Titanic.”

The only other game in the Thursday morning draw featured Alberta’s Val Sweeting, who holds on to fourth place in the standings after scoring seven points in the first three ends on the way to a 10-3 win over Quebec’s Allison Ross.

Ross desperately wanted to give the crowd something to cheer for, but on Thursday morning, her team from the Glenmore Curling Club in Montréal struggled once again in a game full of missed opportunities.

Ross took herself out of the game after six ends, and fifth player Lisa Davies took over in the house.

“I wasn’t playing well,” Ross said. “I didn’t have my draw weight, and Lisa’s had great draw weight all week. She’s played four games for us already [due to the illness of second Brittany O’Rourke]. It was time. I needed a break.”

Ross let loose with a cheer, including a loud whistle, from the bench when Davies drew for a single in the eighth end.

“Lisa’s been playing great,” said Ross. “She turned 21 yesterday, and for 21, her first Scotties, first national, I think she’s done amazing.”

The Scotties continues with draws on Thursday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (all times EST).

TSN/RDS2, the official broadcaster of the CCA’s Season of Champions, will provide extensive coverage of the 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, with 66 hours of live broadcasts scheduled.

The winner of the 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts will represent Canada at the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Booster Juice, March 15 to 23 in Saint John, N.B.

The 2014 Scotties marks the 33rd year of Kruger Products Limited’s sponsorship of the Canadian women’s championship.

For ticket information, go to: www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/tickets/

For schedule information, go to: www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/draw-schedule/

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HeartChart Daily Paper – Day 6 http://www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/heartchart-daily-paper/ http://www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/heartchart-daily-paper/#comments Thu, 06 Feb 2014 13:51:05 +0000 Glenn van Gulik http://www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/?p=930 Here’s the sixth issue of the HeartChart, the Canadian Curling Association-supported daily newspaper at the 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Montreal, Quebec.

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Saskatchewan and Manitoba remain tied for second http://www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/2014/02/06/saskatchewan-and-manitoba-remain-tied-for-second/ http://www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/2014/02/06/saskatchewan-and-manitoba-remain-tied-for-second/#comments Thu, 06 Feb 2014 05:15:14 +0000 Jean Mills http://www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/?p=921 With playoffs looming, three teams – Canada, Saskatchewan and Manitoba – maintained their position at the top of the standings after wins in Draw 13 at the 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

Rachel Homan and her team from the Ottawa Curling Club remain undefeated after downing Kim Dolan of Prince Edward Island, 9-4.

Homan grabbed the lead early when Dolan’s hit and stick attempt rolled too far, giving up a steal of three. The team from the Charlottetown Curling Club put some pressure on last year’s Scotties champions, stealing a single in seven, but it wasn’t enough and the teams shook after nine ends.

Ontario’s Allison Flaxey and her team from the Listowel Curling Club kept the momentum going after a win earlier in the day over Val Sweeting of Alberta. Flaxey led 5-0 after the first two ends against Sarah Koltun of the Yukon/Northwest Territories and coasted to a 12-2 win.

Coming into the game, Manitoba and Saskatchewan were in second place with identical 6-1 records. They remain tied after both teams won close games on Wednesday night.

(Photo CCA/Andrew Klaver)

(Photo CCA/Andrew Klaver)

Saskatchewan’s Stefanie Lawton battled to an 8-6 win over Nova Scotia’s Heather Smith in a game full of exciting shot-making.

“Heather’s team curled great and really put the pressure on us,” said Lawton afterwards. “We were able to make some great shots and come up with a deuce in the ninth end that really helped us out, and we were able to hold them from getting points in the tenth.”

In the fourth end, Lawton unleashed a spectacular in-off take-out for two, which brought a roar from the crowd.

“Those ones are fun to play,” she said. “You’ve got nothing to lose. You just go out there and throw it – and make it.”

The win keeps Lawton in second place, tied with Manitoba’s Chelsea Carey, who won her game against New Brunswick’s Andrea Crawford.

Carey and Crawford put on a show in a close game that came down to last rock. Facing two New Brunswick rocks that would have tied the game and forced the extra end, Carey had to make a precision hit for the win.

“I didn’t want to have to throw a shot like that,” Carey said about the tricky takeout that had to squeak by some guards. “But once you make it it’s fun. It was a scary one, but it felt good to make it.”

The Scotties continues with draws on Thursday at 9 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (all times EST).

TSN/RDS2, the official broadcaster of the CCA’s Season of Champions, will provide extensive coverage of the 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, with 66 hours of live broadcasts scheduled.

The winner of the 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts will represent Canada at the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Booster Juice, March 15 to 23 in Saint John, N.B.

The 2014 Scotties marks the 33rd year of Kruger Products Limited’s sponsorship of the Canadian women’s championship.

For ticket information, go to: www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/tickets/

For schedule information, go to: www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/draw-schedule/

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A crowd-pleasing win for Flaxey at the Scotties http://www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/2014/02/05/a-crowd-pleasing-win-for-flaxey-at-the-scotties/ http://www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/2014/02/05/a-crowd-pleasing-win-for-flaxey-at-the-scotties/#comments Wed, 05 Feb 2014 23:41:24 +0000 Jean Mills http://www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/?p=912 Ontario’s Allison Flaxey came into Draw 11 looking for her second win at the 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, and on Wednesday afternoon, Flaxey and her team of Katie Cottrill, Lynn Kreviazuk, Morgan Court, alternate Kim Tuck and coach Mort Cooper forced mistakes out of Alberta’s Val Sweeting to score a 7-5 victory in front of a noisy crowd at Maurice-Richard Arena.

Allison Flaxey (Photo CCA/Andrew Klaver)

Allison Flaxey (Photo CCA/Andrew Klaver)

“It feels really good,” Flaxey said after the game. “We haven’t been playing as well as we could have all week, and to show that we a good, solid team, and we belong with the favourites and can play with the favourites, it shows people why we’re here.”

Manitoba’s Chelsey Carey has been churning out victories since a first-day loss to Team Canada and continued to roll against struggling Allison Ross of Quebec. Ross fell behind 10-1 after four ends and just couldn’t find a way to generate any offence against the team from the Fort Rouge Curling Club in Winnipeg. Ross drew for two in the seventh, much to the delight of the partisan Montréal crowd, but it wasn’t enough to stop Carey, who added three points in the eighth on the way to a 15-3 win.

Heather Strong also faced an uphill climb in Wednesday afternoon’s draw, trailing Stefanie Lawton 5-1 after the first five ends. Strong, who needs to generate some wins to keep the playoffs in sight, couldn’t score more than singles against Lawton and her team of Sherry Anderson, Sherri Singler, Marliese Kasner, alternate Dailene Sivertson and coach Rick Folk, who have bounced back from battling the flu earlier in the week.

“We’re just one game closer to the end,” said Saskatchewan third Sherry Anderson about the need to grind out each game. “We’ve still got a few games yet to play, so you still want to be on that up-slope. We just want to keep playing well.”

And in the afternoon’s only other game, B.C.’s Kesa Van Osch, in her first appearance at the Scotties, held her own for seven ends against the Team Canada juggernaut. The B.C. team was able to ice its full contingent for the first time in two days and the teams were tied 2-2 after six ends before Homan scored a three in the eighth and switched to defense for a 7-3 victory.

“It was our goal going into that game to keep it really close,” said B.C. third Stephanie Baier, “We wanted to be sure we were capitalizing on any opportunities we got. Defense first, and if we saw an opportunity to switch to a more balanced attack, an offensive shot to apply the pressure, then we would do that.”

“It was really nice to have all four of us for that whole game, that’s for sure,” Baier added. “We’re having a wonderful time (at our first Scotties). We’re learning lots and having lots of fun. And Montréal’s a wonderful place to have it.”

The Scotties continues with draws on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. , and Thursday at 9 a.m., 2 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. (all times EST).

TSN/RDS2, the official broadcaster of the CCA’s Season of Champions, will provide extensive coverage of the 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, with 66 hours of live broadcasts scheduled.

The winner of the 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts will represent Canada at the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Booster Juice, March 15 to 23 in Saint John, N.B.

The 2014 Scotties marks the 33rd year of Kruger Products Limited’s sponsorship of the Canadian women’s championship.

For ticket information, go to: www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/tickets/

For schedule information, go to: www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/draw-schedule/

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Another win keeps Alberta close to leaders http://www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/2014/02/05/another-win-keeps-alberta-close-to-leaders/ http://www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/2014/02/05/another-win-keeps-alberta-close-to-leaders/#comments Wed, 05 Feb 2014 18:00:55 +0000 Jean Mills http://www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/?p=902 With undefeated Team Canada sitting comfortably at the top of the standings, other teams at the 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts are beginning to line up behind the leaders – and that includes Val Sweeting of Alberta, who defeated Heather Strong of Newfoundland and Labrador 9-5 to stay close.

On Wednesday morning, Strong and her team from the Baly Haly Country Club in St. John’s were unable to stop the surging Albertans – Val Sweeting, Joanne Courtney, Dana Ferguson, Rachelle Pidherny, alternate Renée Sonnenberg and coach Taina Smiley – who scored three in the fifth end and stole two more ends.

(Photo CCA/Andrew Klaver)

(Photo CCA/Andrew Klaver)

Strong tried to put some pressure on in the eighth. Trailing 9-2, she made a delicate tap back to score three. It wasn’t enough, however, and Sweeting hit out for the win in the ninth.

“I’d say we’re getting there,” said Sweeting about the team’s strong play this morning. “I don’t think we’re 10 out of 10 yet. We had a bit of a sloppy end and gave up three, but we’ve just got to keep on getting better every game, that’s what’s important.”

New Brunswick’s Andrea Crawford appears to have found her stride. She gave up a few lopsided games earlier in the tournament, but today she and her team of Rebecca Atkinson, Danielle Parsons, Jodie DeSolla, alternate Jayne Boyle and coach Charlie Sullivan, won their third in a row. Crawford was tied with P.E.I.’s Kim Dolan in the ninth, but scored three in the final end for the 9-6 win.

Heather Smith of Nova Scotia scored three points in the ninth end to defeat the Yukon/Northwest Territories 7-3. With skip Sarah Koltun and alternate Lindsay Moldowan down with the flu, third Chelsea Duncan stepped up to skip the three-person team.

“I used to skip this team when I was 13 years old,” said Duncan after her debut at the helm. “But ever since then I haven’t skipped competitively except for a few league games here and there.”

“It was not bad, I enjoyed it out there,” she said about the game. “I tried to keep things simple, and we ended up on the bad side of things but I feel like I did an OK job out there.”

The struggles continue for Quebec’s Allison Ross. Tied 5-5 after nine, Ross had two counters on the four-foot behind cover, but B.C.’s Kesa Van Osch played a delicate tap back for the winning point.
B.C. alternate Patti Knezevic was called into action once again. On Tuesday, she skipped a three-person squad when both skip Van Osch and lead Carley Sandwith were down with the flu. Sandwith was on the bench for this game too.

“You know it can happen,” said Van Osch about the illness that reduced her team to only three players on Tuesday, and brought alternate Patti Knezevic back in to play lead on Wednesday. “That was the plan of bringing Patti in, that she’s capable of playing any position if needed.”

“It felt good to be back out there. They showed the last half of the game last night and it was so stressful,” Van Osch said about having to watch from the hotel during her illness. “I was in the background cheering ‘Go, guys! Go, go go! It was really hard.”

The Scotties continues with draws on Wednesday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (all times EST).

TSN/RDS2, the official broadcaster of the CCA’s Season of Champions, will provide extensive coverage of the 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, with 66 hours of live broadcasts scheduled.

The winner of the 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts will represent Canada at the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Booster Juice, March 15 to 23 in Saint John, N.B.

The 2014 Scotties marks the 33rd year of Kruger Products Limited’s sponsorship of the Canadian women’s championship.

For ticket information, go to: www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/tickets/

For schedule information, go to: www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/draw-schedule/

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HeartChart Daily Paper – Day 5 http://www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/heartchart-daily-paper/ http://www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/heartchart-daily-paper/#comments Wed, 05 Feb 2014 13:04:06 +0000 Glenn van Gulik http://www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/?p=895 Here’s the fifth issue of the HeartChart, the Canadian Curling Association-supported daily newspaper at the 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Montreal, Quebec.

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Koltun falls to Manitoba’s Carey in Draw 10 action http://www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/2014/02/04/koltun-falls-to-manitobas-carey-in-draw-10-action/ http://www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/2014/02/04/koltun-falls-to-manitobas-carey-in-draw-10-action/#comments Wed, 05 Feb 2014 04:37:44 +0000 Jean Mills http://www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/?p=879 They may both be first-time Scotties skips, but Manitoba’s Chelsea Carey showed all the finesse of a seasoned veteran in defeating Sarah Koltun and her team from the Yukon/Northwest Territories 10-4 on Tuesday night at Maurice-Richard Arena.

With a 6-1 lead at the break, Carey controlled the play and took advantage of some strategy miscues by her opponents to put the game away in eight ends.

Sarah Koltun (Photo CCA/Andrew Klaver)

Sarah Koltun (Photo CCA/Andrew Klaver)

For the youngsters from the north, playing at the Scotties – just a few weeks after representing the Yukon at the Canadian junior curling championships in Liverpool, N.S. – has been an exciting learning experience.

“Of course we wanted to win some games and do well,” said Chelsea Duncan, who is third on the team. “But mostly a lot of it is about gaining experience and learning because this is just the beginning for us.”

In other games on Tuesday evening, Saskatchewan’s Stefanie Lawton joined Carey with a 5-1 record after a decisive 7-3 win over Prince Edward Island’s Kim Dolan, who saw her two-game winning streak snapped. New Brunswick’s Andrea Crawford notched her second win of the day, a 7-4 victory over Allison Flaxey of Ontario.

The reigning Scotties champions, Rachel Homan and her Ottawa Curling Club team of Emma Miskew, Alison Kreviazuk, Lisa Weagle, alternate Stephanie LeDrew and coach Earle Morris, has been cruising through the field. Homan leads all skips with a 92 per cent shooting average, and makes winning look easy.

In the evening draw against Nova Scotia’s Heather Smith, she kept that trend going. The team from the Mayflower in Halifax couldn’t find anywhere to hide and gave up five points on the way to a 10-3 Team Canada win.

“We’ve practiced playing in tight games all year,” said Team Canada’s Miskew about the challenge of staying focused when the score becomes lopsided. “We keep playing how we’re playing and when we run into a tight game we don’t have to change anything. We know the draw weight will hold up, we know the ice is great, so it’s just believing in ourselves and the ice.”

“We know we just got past 50 per cent of our games in the round robin so we still have a lot of games ahead of us,” she said. “We still have to win a few more, and we’re playing some good teams, so we just have to keep it rolling.”

The Scotties continues with draws on Wednesday at 9 a.m, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (all times EST).

TSN/RDS2, the official broadcaster of the CCA’s Season of Champions, will provide extensive coverage of the 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, with 66 hours of live broadcasts scheduled.

The winner of the 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts will represent Canada at the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Booster Juice, March 15 to 23 in Saint John, N.B.

The 2014 Scotties marks the 33rd year of Kruger Products Limited’s sponsorship of the Canadian women’s championship.

For ticket information, go to: www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/tickets/

For schedule information, go to: www.curling.ca/2014scotties-en/draw-schedule/

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