Scott teams not having any heart for hopefuls

KIRK PENTON, STAFF REPORTER

, Last Updated: 10:49 AM ET

The Scott participants just won't stop winning. The MCA's 81st annual Women's Bonspiel is the last chance for rinks to qualify for the Scott Tournament of Hearts provincial championship later this month in Souris.

There is one slight problem for the hopefuls chasing that final spot: The rinks which have already qualified for the Scott are knocking them out left and right.

It's like a marathon in which the winner blocks everyone else from crossing the finish line.

St. Vital's Karen Porritt won't be going to Souris, and she can thank her former skip for putting the final nail in her coffin. Porritt was the third on Jennifer Jones' rink when they won the 2002 Scott, but they parted ways after last season. They met again yesterday morning on the B-side, and Jones cruised to a 9-4 win to squash Porritt's Scott aspirations.

Of the four A-side qualifiers yesterday afternoon at the Heather Curling Club, three featured a Scott participant against a Scott hopeful, and the Scott participant won each game. Barb Spencer hammered Valour Road's Tracy Andries 9-2, Swan River's Linda Stewart edged St. Vital's Lisa Fargey 7-5 and Fort Rouge's Ainsley Champagne dumped Stonewall's Patti Burtnyk 11-7.

Champagne didn't feel bad for bouncing Burtnyk to the B-side.

"No, I don't feel bad," Champagne said. "It's even better when you beat them because they've got so much drive."

Spencer, who won the 2003 Scott, echoed Champagne's sentiments.

"I can't say I feel bad, because I like to win every game," Spencer said. "Someone's going to win the spot -- I can't control that. So I can just control the games that I play.

"When I play, I play to win, and it doesn't matter who we play."

Fort Rouge's Joelle Duguid won the other A-side qualifier, 8-2 over The Pas's Terry Ursel. Both teams are already Souris-bound.

The championship round begins at 9 a.m. today at the Heather. Depending on who qualified late last night on the B-side, the Scott berth may have been won already. Two of the four B-side qualifiers featured a Scott participant against a Scott hopeful, while another consisted of two Scott participants.

If the two Scott participants beat the Scott hopefuls, that means the winner of last night's fourth B-side qualifier -- Brandon's Liza Park vs. Andries -- punched her ticket to Souris.

PEBBLES: Fort Rouge's Shauna Streich bowed out of Scott contention yesterday. She fell 10-1 to St. Vital's Angela Nagel in a B-side match ... The semifinals will be played at noon today, while the final is slated for 4:30. Shaw Cable was going to broadcast today's final live, but that plan has been scrapped.


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