Sisters surprise field

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:39 AM ET

Maybe it's because they play against old coots in the men's league at the 'Friendly Club.'

"Everybody keeps asking us if we're still a junior team," Holly Scott lamented. "They keep asking at the Fort Rouge because we play men's league, 'Are you still juniors?'

"We say, 'No.' "

Funny thing is, neither Scott nor her two sisters and teammates, Tara and Jenna, ever played junior while growing up in Gilbert Plains. They never even tried to qualify for a junior women's provincial championship.

"At my age, I was probably one of the only (junior) curlers," said Scott, who played in a women's league in Gilbert Plains as a junior. "We put together a high school team once that played out of Dauphin and two of the girls had never curled before."

That is why they were such a Sister Surprise when they came out of nowhere to scare all of their opponents during the women's provincial playdowns in Thompson back in 2006.

However, Scott's promising young squad failed to qualify for the provincials the last two years. But, with Lisa DeRiviere added at second, Scott clawed her way back into the Manitoba championship by going undefeated in her city zone playdown on the weekend and will be a threat to challenge the top teams in Neepawa.

Scott, who works at the Misericordia Health Centre, is actually 25. Tara is 27 and Jenna, 22.

TRIALS CHASE: Karen Porritt will be one of eight Manitoba teams that will be seeking valuable CTRS points in the chase for an Olympic trials spot at the Canada Cup Qualifying Bonspiel in Ottawa this weekend. The others are: Barb Spencer, Maureen Bonar, Kristy Jenion, Chelsea Carey, Kerri Flett and Jennifer Jones, who already has a spot in both the Canada Cup and 2009 Canadian Curling Trials.

In the men's qualifier, Jeff Stoughton, Kerry Burtnyk, Mike McEwen, Reid Carruthers, Randy Dutiaume, Daley Peters, David Bohn and Richard Muntain will be playing in Edmonton.

CONTINENTAL TV: Jones will use the weekend as a tune-up for the Continental Cup, which will be held in Camrose, Alta., Dec. 18-21. TSN will provide daily coverage, including the Mixed Doubles competition.

The CCA is paying for Sean Grassie and Allison Nimik to go to Camrose to learn more about Mixed Doubles before they compete in the world championship.


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