The women’s final of the 2011 Capital One Canada Cup came down to a battle between two Manitoba rivals – Jennifer Jones and Chelsea Carey – with Jones coming out on top to claim a second championship title.
Just two months later a rematch in the final of the provincial playdowns produced the same results, with a trip to Red Deer for the 2012 Scotties Tournament of Hearts on the line. But a sixth-place finish in the 2011-2012 Canadian Team Ranking System standings gives Carey a shot at redemption in the upcoming Capital One Canada Cup in Moose Jaw.
It marked the second consecutive year the 28-year-old skip from Morden had bowed out in the provincial final. In the 2011 Scotties playdowns she suffered a similar fate at the hands of Cathy Overton-Clapham… after dominating round robin play with an undefeated record and downing the eventual champions in the 1 vs 2 Page playoff.
In spite of the heartbreaking loss, the 2011 season represented a major turning point for Carey and teammates Kristy McDonald, Kristen Foster and Lindsay Titheridge. A solid showing on the competitive circuit, highlighted by a first Grand Slam title at the Manitoba Lotteries Women’s Curling Classic, earned them recognition as the World Curling Tour Breakthrough Team of the Year.
Carey will join the six other top-ranked women’s teams from last season – including both Jones and Overton-Clapham – November 28-December 2 in Moose Jaw’s Mosaic Place with the opportunity to clinch a spot in the 2013 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings – the Canadian Curling Trials.
“You Gotta Be There” to see the best men’s and women’s shooters in the country compete in the 2012 Capital One Canada Cup. Take your choice of the best seats in the house today by clicking here.