Even a wipeout on her way to the rink for the city zones that were being played in the country could not keep Lisa Roy from helping St. Vital's Kristy Jenion earn a provincial berth. Roy, Jenion's third, was driving alone to Selkirk when she suddenly found herself in the ditch.
"I'm fine," Roy said from Selkirk shortly after Jenion nipped Shauna Streich of Fort Rouge 8-7 in an extra end of a Scott Tournament of Hearts city zone final at the Selkirk Curling Club yesterday morning. "After I knew I didn't kill the people coming towards me, it was pretty funny.
"I don't like driving behind other vehicles so I pulled out to pass and I was only going about 60 kmh when the wind picked up my car and blew it off the highway."
Cathy Overton-Clapham, who was driving behind Roy, saw the whole thing despite whiteout conditions.
"She spun around just ahead of us," she said. "And I was scared driving in that weather anyway. It was bad."
The Manitoba Curling Association had scrambled to find ice for the city zones after a hitch in scheduling it in one of the many city clubs.
"Good ol' MCA," St. Vital skip Jennifer Jones said derisively. "But at least we all made it."
Roy, who was rescued by Ron Westcott (father of Jenion's lead, Raunora), was not complaining.
"No one was hurt, that's the main thing," she said.
Roy, by the way, hooked up with Jenion after moving from Thompson to Morden to teach.
"We've had a really good year and it feels like a really good combination," she said.
PROVINCIAL BYE: When he stole the victory over Saskatchewan's Pat Simmons in an extra end in last night's Grand Slam in Humboldt, Sask., Jeff Stoughton also clinched the new exemption into this year's Safeway Select awarded to the top Manitoba team on the Canadian Team Ranking System.
Stoughton had gone into Humboldt trailing fellow Manitoban Dave Boehmer by just .08 points on the Canadian Curling Association's CTRS standings, but the win was worth 30 to Stoughton. Boehmer settled for just seven.
SELECT SPOTS: La Salle's Randy Neufeld and Petersfield's Peter Pruden won their respective Safeway Select rural zone spot ... And Deloraine's Murray Warren won the Brandon berth bonspiel.