Ottawa skip comes up empty

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:20 AM ET

Kanata's Jenn Hanna hoped to experience some hometown karma at this week's Ontario Scott Tournament of Hearts, but none was available yesterday.

The Ottawa Curling Club skip, leading the only local foursome in the 10-team women's provincial championship, had a tough go on opening day, dropping a 9-5 decision to Tara George of Thunder Bay last night after losing 7-4 to Thornhill's Chrissy Cadorin in the afternoon draw at the Rideau Curling Club.

"It's obviously not the place that we'd want to be after the first day, but it's not the end of the world either," said Hanna, who went 8-1 during last year's Scott round-robin in Sudbury before losing in a semi-final. "It was a rough day. We're just on the other side of the edge, but we'll get better."

The last thing the 25-year-old Hanna wants to do is panic.

Two years ago at the provincials in Brampton while playing vice for the Rideau's Darcie Walker, Hanna's team started with three losses before going on a run to qualify for the playoff round and eventually getting into the final where the team lost to Anne Dunn.

Last night against George, Hanna got off to a good start, scoring a deuce in the second, but gave up three in the next end.

"That's not what you want to do often," she said. "We have to be a little more precise, that's what it comes down to. We'll regroup and come back (today) a different team."

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In the afternoon draw in a battle between the youngest skips of the tournament, Cadorin stole single points in the second, fifth and sixth ends. She led 6-4 heading into the final end with last rock, but Hanna made it difficult.

Cadorin, one of three skips at 2-0 following an 8-4 win over Jo-Ann Rizzo of Brantford last night, needed to draw the four-foot with her final shot against two Hanna counters buried behind cover. She made it flawlessly, with her sweepers barely touching the ice before the rock stopped for the winning shot.

"I don't get nervous on those shots," said the 24-year-old Cadorin, representing the Guelph Curling Club. "If you can't throw a draw on your last shot in the 10th at this level, then I guess you really shouldn't be competing at this level."

Hanna, making her ninth consecutive appearance at a provincial championship since 1997 when she competed in juniors, said Cadorin was excellent.

"Hats off to Chrissy. She made everything that game," said Hanna, who is competing with teammates Pascale Letendre, Dawn Askin and younger sister Stephanie Hanna.

"There were numerous times where it looked like we were going to score multiple (point) ends, but she was making some pistols. You can't take that away from a skip that plays well against you."

Cadorin is pleased with her start, but recalls how she won her first three games at the provincials two years ago before finishing at 3-6.

"It's a long week, so you never know," she said. "There's a lot of other good curlers out here who are just out for the hunt."

Krista Scharf of Thunder Bay and Janet McGhee of Uxbridge are also undefeated after the opening day.

Action continues today at the Rideau with draws at 1:30 p.m. and 7.


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