Smith-Dacey earns trip to Hearts

GORDIE SUTHERLAND -- Halifax Herald

, Last Updated: 1:19 PM ET

Defending champion Heather Smith-Dacey of Mayflower has earned a trip back to the provincial Scott Tournament of Hearts curling championship.

The route there was more difficult this time around.

Smith-Dacey went into Sunday's qualifying action in Lower Sackville with a single life and facing elimination, but came through with two wins at the Lakeshore Curling Club.

She beat Laura Brown of Bridgewater 9-2 in the morning and then needed an extra end to edge Jocelyn Palmer of Glooscap 5-4 in the afternoon.

Last season, Smith-Dacey went 11-0 through zones and provincials.

The field is now set for the provincial Scott Tournament of Hearts, Jan. 26-30, in Yarmouth.

Teri Lake of Mayflower, Sue Ann Bartlett of Mayflower and Lisa DePaoli of Glooscap also earned berths Sunday.

Lake beat Nancy McConnery 8-5 and Bartlett defeated Palmer 6-5 in 11 ends.

DePaoli won twice, beating Jackie-Lee Chisholm of Lunenburg 9-6 in the morning and McConnery 9-8 in the afternoon.

Mayflower skips Jill Mouzar and Denise Pelrine qualified on Saturday for provincials.

Mayflower's Kay Zinck and Truro's Virginia Jackson clinched spots in December at the eight-team provincial tournament.

The national Scott Tournament of Hearts begins Feb. 19 in St. John's, Nfld.

Mayflower's Colleen Jones will be there as defending champion.


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