Harvey RSVPs first to Hearts party

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:29 AM ET

All the talk had been about Jennifer Jones and her new dream team heading into the current curling campaign.

But another new interesting foursome was the first to capture a spot in this year's provincial Scott Tournament of Hearts, to be played in Souris, Jan. 26-30.

Two-time provincial champion Janet Harvey of Fort Rouge defeated Brandon's former junior champ Kristen Williamson 6-5 in the final of the Scott Berth Bonspiel at Carman last night.

"It's really nice not to have to go through the grind of the city zones," Harvey said from Carman. "And now, we won't have to go out to Selkirk to play our city zones."

Due to icing problems, the Scott city zones have been moved there.

'UPS AND DOWNS'

Harvey, 37, picked up third Jill Thurston and second Kim Overton from Cathy Overton-Clapham's squad after Overton-Clapham joined Jones.

"We've had our ups and downs," said Harvey, who still has Carey Burgess at lead. "We've won a couple spiels now but we've lost a few. We've still got a few little quirks to work out."

Harvey had been playing third for the now-retired Connie Laliberte the last couple of years.

"I wasn't sure I wanted to skip again," said Harvey, who believes that this will be her 15th trip to the provincials. "It's great when you win but it sucks when you lose. I didn't mind it this weekend."

Harvey eliminated Brandon's reigning champion Lois Fowler 8-5 in one semifinal while Williamson clipped former champ Barb Spencer of Fort Rouge 8-7 in the other.

Jones, by the way, passed on the berth spiel to compete in a cashspiel in Sault Ste. Marie, where she failed to qualify.

JR. WOMEN: La Salle's Calleen Neufeld upset Granite's Chelsea Carey 6-5 in the Target Junior Women's berth spiel in Altona last night.

"It feels amazing, just great," gushed Neufeld from Altona just moments after making the winning takeout. "It was kind of like a picture-perfect thing to do. It's very exciting.

"We knew we had to bring our A game and we didn't get down ourselves when we got down early."

Supported by third Sabrina Neufeld (unrelated), 16, second Laryssa Grenkow, 16 and Lindsay Edie, 19, Neufeld will be making her third trip to the provincials, to be held in Brandon, Jan. 6-10.

"My team went 4-3 both times before so this year, we're hoping to improve on that," said Neufeld, 18.

Well-known competitive curler Randy Neufeld is Sabrina's dad and the foursome's coach.

JR. MEN: Petersfield's Kyle Flett needed an extra end to nip Brandon's Colby Taylor 6-5 in the final of the junior men's berth bonspiel in Hamiota last night.

Supported by third Jason Bedard, 16, second Tyler Croy, 17 and Justin Janish, 16, Flett will compete in his very first provincials in Brandon, Jan. 6-10.

"That feels great, it was an experience," said Flett, 18. "After losing our first, we battled."

Fort Garry's reigning champ Daley Peters failed to qualify.

BITER: Brandon's Terry McNamee was playing the first draw of the national Mixed late last night while the Manitoba wheelchair team opens at the national championship in B.C. today.


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