McBain hopes to get an early jump on opponents

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 11:54 AM ET

Ottawa's Cheryl McBain sees a major drawback in winning her first two games of the Canada Cup East cashspiel. A victory over Melissa McClure of New Brunswick yesterday put her team into an A-side semi-final against Montreal's Eve Belisle.

The big problem? Her next game starts this morning at 7:30.

"I think we'll have to run a marathon to be awake," she said.

McBain and her teammates Jennifer Harvey, Jennifer Comtois and Trish Scharf have decided to stay together at a hotel this week, even though all live in the Ottawa area.

"When we've had success before, we've just all been together," said McBain.

"There's a lot of outside pressures when you're staying at home. You've got other commitments. The teams that come in from out of town, they don't have that. They just go out and curl."

This morning, she faces Belisle, the skip of the Quebec team at last month's Canadian mixed championship in Prince Albert, Sask.

Belisle was one of two women to skip a team at the mixed tournament.

"She's been playing adjacent to us, and I know that her team has been playing very well," said McBain, who has never played Belisle. "We're going to have to be on top of our game."

Rideau's Anne Merklinger also advanced to an A-side semi and will face longtime provincial rival Sherry Middaugh this morning at the Rideau.

Gatineau's Chantal Osborne also advanced to an A-side semi against Andrea Kelly, the New Brunswick junior women's champ.

barre.campbell@ott.sunpub.com


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