Jones back in final

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 9:18 AM ET

Manitoba\'s Elaine Jones is hoping to make amends for last year\'s failure.

Jones fought her way back into today\'s women\'s final of the Canadian Masters Championship in Assiniboia, Sask.

Supported by third Diane MacIver and second Ruth Wiebe -- who were with her at last year\'s nationals -- and Iris Armstrong, Jones boasted a 6-1 record to finish first and get a bye into the championship match. Her opponent was still being determined last night.

Jones, who also won the Manitoba senior women\'s title this season, lost last year\'s final to N.B.\'s Marlene Vaughan.

On the men\'s side, Manitoba\'s Les Hooper finished out of the playoffs with a 3-4 log.

GOOD MIX: St. Vital\'s former provincial Mixed champ Doug Harrison has been named the top seed for the Meyers Norris Penny Manitoba Mixed Championship, to be played in Brandon this Thursday through Monday. Harrison, who won the provincial Mixed with a different foursome in 2000, has former provincial women\'s champ Karen Young at third, second Scott Madams and Tammy Schoenrath.

Sean Grassie of Deer Lodge, 2002 junior world champion David Hamblin of Morris, Granite\'s Scott McFadyen and Heather\'s Clare DeBlonde round out the top-five seeds.

Brandon\'s Lois Fowler, who is skipping a squad in the provincials, is the No. 8 seed. Fowler will have former teammate Betty Couling at second, suggesting the two have smoothed things over following a bitter split after competing at the 1998 Canadian Scott Tournament of Hearts together. Gil Van Daele is at third.

BIG TOP: The big bubble that will house the Extra End Pub during the Ford World Curling Championships starts to go up near Winnipeg Arena tomorrow.

\"It\'s a nine or 10-day job,\" says host committee president Zivan Saper.

The committee, however, cannot get a licence for the premises until it goes up and the exact square footage is known.

\"But it won\'t be a problem,\" Saper assures of the facility that is expected to have a capacity of 3,000.

Meanwhile, no one seems to know just how many tickets have been sold for the event thus far. Saper was trying to get an official number from Select-A-Seat earlier this week.

But Martin Buchwald, the event co-ordinator, still did not know yesterday.

\"But we have had a real bump since the Brier,\" said Buchwald, who defined that \"bump\" as 25-30,000 tickets.

The last ticket total reported to The Sun was 105,000. The committee has budgeted for 175,000.

BITERS: In Summerfield, P.E.I., Manitoba\'s Don Nelson finished just shy of the Canadian Police Curling Championship playoffs with a 7-4 record ... The Canadian Firefighters Curling Championship opened at the Fort Rouge Curling Club yesterday. Next Saturday\'s final will be televised by Shaw Cable at 2 p.m. Guy Senecal is the hometown fave


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