It’s the game nobody aims to play in, but once there it’s not a game anyone wants to lose. The Bronze Medal game was played at the Scotties at the EnMax Centre in Red Deer Sunday morning, and Jennifer Jones’ Manitoba crew coming off a heart-wrenching loss to Alberta’s Heather Nedohin in Saturday’s semi-final, regained their composure for an 8-6 win over Quebec’s Marie-France Larouche.
The Manitobans put up a deuce in one, before Quebec answered with two of their own.
Jennifer Clark-Rouire played the first two ends at lead, with Dawn Askin up to the two-spot before Jill Officer rejoined the squad in the third.
Quebec stole three and four, actually Jones had a shot for as many as five in the fourth but ended up giving up the steal.
The teams swapped singles before the big end, seven, when Jones executed a perfect hit and stick for a quad, and Larouche just could not recover.
She was forced to one in eight, Jones blanked nine and made a tidy double in 10 with hammer to claim the third-place position.(Continued Below…)
Bronze Medal Photos
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For Jones, the win was nice but didn’t stop the sting of the measurement loss Saturday night.
“No, not really, but we were OK last night. We always say it and really do mean it, it’s so much fun and it really is a great group of girls we get to go out there every day with. We were a little flat in the playoffs and obviously we’re disappointed with that, but we came out here this morning and gave it our best shot.”
For Larouche, the feeling was not so bright.
Obviously emotional, taking time to compose herself, fourth place was no consolation despite a wonderful week of curling with a young front end and an entirely new lineup.(Continued Below…)
Bronze Medal Media Scrum
“For right now I am disappointed for sure,” says Larouche, holding back tears.
“But I think when we look back at the whole week, we played very great. I think for me, I need to play better, but my team played great…amazing… I am very proud of them.”
For Larouche, who lost the final the last time the Scotties was here in Red Deer to Colleen Jones in 2004, it was almost too much to bear.
“I think we played more games this week together than we did all year,” she said.
Is it a painful growing experience necessary to get to the next level?
“Yes, but I already felt the pain in 2004, 2008, tonight and in 2009… so maybe one time I will get it.”
For Jones the curling year will end with a couple of cashspiels, including the tour championship.
Will the team roster stay the same moving forward?
“In my mind it is, I haven’t asked them. I just think they’re perfect teammates and terrific human beings.
“The plan is to play to the trials; I don’t know if everyone else is on that same page. I’m assuming they are, but I can’t speak for them.”
The Gold Medal game goes at 1:30 p.m. with B.C.’s Kelly Scott taking on Alberta’s Heather Nedohin.