Staking claim to high seed

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:36 AM ET

Liza Park, Jennifer Jones, Terry Ursel, Liza Park again, Janet Harvey, and finally, Linda Stewart.

The list of Joelle Duguid's victims in the 81st annual MCA Women's Bonspiel is long and impressive. Not only that, but she beat them all by a combined score of 53-23.

Duguid, who curls out of Fort Rouge, needed just seven ends yesterday to drill Swan River's Stewart 8-2 in the final at the Heather in St. Boniface. To get to the championship game, Duguid hammered Harvey 9-4 in a semifinal and edged Park 6-5 in a quarter-final.

'CLICKING REAL WELL'

It was Duguid's third MCA Bonspiel title.

"We've been so close in other bonspiels this year, and it just hasn't come together," Duguid said.

"But we've still been playing well, and especially the three games today, it really seemed to come together.

"We were clicking really well."

All five teams Duguid demolished over the weekend will be at the Scott Tournament of Hearts provincial women's championship later this month in Souris.

Duguid, along with Colleen Kilgallen, Kim Link and Tanya Craig, will be at the Scott, too, looking to make up for last year's runner-up finish to Brandon's Lois Fowler.

It could be argued that her impressive performance this weekend will make Duguid's the team to beat when the seeds are announced Wednesday.

"No, I don't think No. 1," Duguid said.

"Lois won the provincials last year, so she deserves No. 1. I certainly think that we should be one of the top seeds. We were seeded fourth last year and finished second in provincials.

"... We have been pretty consistent, so yeah, I'd say that merits a high seed."

The team's early-season struggles could be blamed on the rate at which its players have been having babies. Kilgallen returned just last weekend after giving birth in November, while their regular lead, Pam Colton, is due in March and won't be at the Scott. Also, the stork is scheduled to visit Craig, who replaced Colton, in May.

Duguid, however, placed the blame squarely on her own shoulders, saying she had -- go figure -- a delivery problem.

"My timing was a hair off, so I just worked on one little thing, and it seems to be working," she said.

"So I'm going to stick with that. Hopefully I don't forget it by the end of January."

Stewart beat Ursel, of The Pas, 6-2 in a quarter-final and 2003 Scott champ Barb Spencer, of Fort Rouge, 6-5 in a semifinal. Stewart will be making her ninth Scott appearance later this month, and she hopes her team's strong play over the weekend will continue.

"It was a good warmup, a good tuneup," she said.

"Everybody played well, up until, I guess, the last game. We're pleased."

Deer Lodge's Doreen Bugg won the recreational A-side final with a 7-2 victory yesterday over Joan Johnson.


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