Kicked rock leads to friction

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:49 AM ET

SOURIS -- The action heated up yesterday at the Scott Tournament of Hearts provincial women's curling championship. Tempers flared briefly at Murray Arena during an important round-robin tilt between St. Vital clubmates Jennifer Jones and Kristy Jenion.

The game was tied 2-2 in the sixth when Jones attempted a draw to the button to score two or possibly three.

Her shot missed its mark, but Jenion's third, Lisa Roy, kicked a Jones rock -- which could have been second shot -- out of the way before Jones' third, Cathy Overton-Clapham, had a chance to look at it.

When Jenion said something to the thirds, who handle the scoring, Jones barked at Jenion to butt out.

The head official and game observer put their heads together, and it was determined that the moved rock was not second shot. That left Jones with one point.

"To be honest, we never looked at it before we shot and I think that we were only lying one," Jones said. "We just wanted to confirm, (but) I think that was the right decision.

"We just needed time to get together and to see, because nobody on our team actually ever looked at the rocks."

Jenion, the sixth seed, scored three in the eighth and went on to a crucial 5-4 win. She didn't think the incident was a big deal.

"I don't like to fight," Jenion said. "I'm an intense person in my nature, and I like to compete. Sometimes ... emotions get a little crazy when it's a real tight game like that.

"Jennifer and I had a quick chat and it's fine."

IMPRESSIVE MENTOR: Winnipeg's Chris Scalena is 50 years old and competing in her 23rd provincial women's championship this week.

Scalena, who used to be known as Chris More and, before that, Chris Pidzarko, also has a world championship and 10 provincial titles under her belt.

So you'd think last fall when 21-year-old Vanessa Hogg asked to play lead for her, Scalena would have said thanks, but no thanks.

"I could've done that, but she seemed very enthusiastic and I always like to see new people get into the game," Scalena said.

"I think she's enjoying it, and I hope she's learning a lot, because that's sort of my role now as the senior person on the team. It's worked out well."

Hogg, who won the 2003 provincial junior women's crown with Jackie Komyshyn, is the youngest curler in the field this week, and she's enjoying Scalena's tutelage.

"I have a lot of respect for her," Hogg said. "She's the queen of curling, and it's an honour to play with her."

SAY WHAT? Gerri Cooke, who throws third stones for Lois Fowler, didn't let the serious nature of this week's event her from having some fun Thursday night in a game against Scalena.

The match was tied 4-4 in the eighth when Scalena tried to put up a guard but came up short of the hog line.

"That's a round for everybody!" Cooke bellowed.


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