Fowler facing daughter today

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:17 AM ET

SOURIS -- The long-awaited match will finally be played this morning, and its outcome will have serious consequences.

Brandon's Lois Fowler, the defending Scott Tournament of Hearts champion and this year's top seed, will meet fellow Wheat City curler Liza Park this morning at 8:30 at Murray Arena.

It's an intriguing battle because Fowler's daughter, Rhonda Ritchie, plays second for Park. In 1993, Fowler and Ritchie played together on Maureen Bonar's Scott-winning team, but now they'll go head-to-head for the first time.

TIED FOR FIRST

Adding even more interest to the clash is the fact that the teams are tied for first in the Red Group with 4-0 records.

Both mother and daughter were playing it cool yesterday.

"I'm not thinking about that," Fowler said. "I'm not worried about it, either.

"It's just another team and we just gotta go out and play as best as we can."

Ritchie, meanwhile, plans to concentrate solely on her own play.

"I've been struggling a bit with my weight to this point, so I really want to pick it up and curl well," she said.

Ritchie said her mom hasn't been messing with her mind in attempt to gain a mental edge.

"We've been acting like we normally would," she said. "There's no mind games going on."


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