Rizzo rink forced to idle

STEVE GREEN -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 11:51 AM ET

Just as Jo-Ann Rizzo was starting to gather some momentum at the Ontario women's curling championship, she's going to have to sit around for a while. The Brant CC skip, who has Strathroy residents Kim Tuck and Sara Gatchell at second and lead and Cheryl McPherson of Toronto at third, finished the round-robin at the provincial Scott Tournament of Hearts at the Rideau Curling Club in third place yesterday with a 6-3 mark.

The rink grabbed its third straight win, beating Elaine Uhryn from Sault Ste. Marie 8-1 in six ends.

Rizzo plays the survivor of two rounds of tiebreakers in the Page Playoff third-vs.- fourth game today at 1:30 p.m.

Jenn Hanna of Ottawa, Janet McGhee of Uxbridge and Kathy Brown of Sutton tied for fourth at 5-4. McGhee beat Brown 8-5 in the first tiebreaker last night and will play Hanna at 9 a.m. today.

The winner of the third-fourth game advances to the semifinal at 9 a.m. tomorrow.

Rizzo started off the competition slowly, splitting her games each of the first three days before going 2-0 Thursday. She capped that day by taking two in the 10th to beat McGhee 5-4 to ensure at least a tiebreaker no matter what happened in the final draw.

"We got off to a slow start. We had trouble getting used to the ice -- it was different than it was when we were here in December,'' Tuck said, referring to their Canada Cup East triumph that earned the rink an Olympic trials spot.

"But we got into a routine and that's what turned it around for us.

"(Thursday) was a huge day, no question. We needed to put two W's back-to-back. At 3-3, you can't help but have a doubt . . . but the nice thing about this team is we're pretty good about shaking off losses.''

Uhryn missed yesterday's game due to illness. Third Kelly McLellan moved up and alternate Lindsay Miners came in. The shuffle may have had an effect because Rizzo took command early, scoring two in the second and stealing one in the third. A three-spot in the fifth followed by a steal of two ended the game early.

Chrissy Cadorin of Guelph finished first at 7-2 after a 10-7 win over Krista Scharf of Fort William. Scharf also finished 6-3, but got second on the basis of her 9-1 win over Rizzo in the sixth draw -- Rizzo's last loss to date.

Cadorin and Scharf will meet in the Page first-vs.- second game tonight (7 p.m.), with the winner advancing to the final tomorrow (1:30 p.m.), the loser going into the semi.

Bantam finals at Sarnia

The Ontario bantam (16-and-under) championships open Wednesday at the Sarnia Golf and Curling Club with two local rinks among the 16 entries.

On the girls' side, Jordan Ariss of the host club and her rink of Cassie Collison, Tiffany Anjema and Lindsay Kelly will be joined by Rachel Homan of Ottawa City View, Hilary McDermott of Guelph, Clancy Grady of Burlington, Sarah Wilkes of Dixie, Julia Weagle of Carleton Heights, Laura Hickey of Toronto Avonlea and Bridget Arnold of Kitchener Westmount.

In the boys' event, Matt Mapletoft and his Wallaceburg Sydenham rink of John Feldkamp, Chris Jay and Matt Miedema will be competing against Ben Willemse of Woodville, Jonathan Cassidy of Chinguacousy, Dennis Hays of Palmerston, Phil Kleins-wormink of Winchester, Andrew Flemming of Westmount, Jake Attfield of Carleton Heights and Devon Wong of Avonlea.

The first draw is Wednesday at 8 p.m., with subsequent draws at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on the following three days. There are no playoffs unless there is a tie for first after the round-robin.

Heinrichs wins City spiel

Dave Heinrichs and his London CC rink of Ed Ellwood, Jeff Parsons and Bob Bourdeau beat clubmate Mike Williams to win the 95th annual City of London Bonspiel at LCC. Other event winners in the 24-team event were Josh Firman of Ilderton, Dave Beckett of LCC, Brian Davy of Highland, Mike Bancroft of LCC and Jim Fitzpatrick of LCC.


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