You can never count out Jones & Co.

TED WYMAN -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:01 AM ET

PAISLEY, Scotland -- For the second time in less than a month, your humble author has been guilty of writing off Jennifer Jones a bit prematurely. Let's go back to Feb. 27 at Mile One Stadium in St. John's, Nfld., where Jones was struggling mightily in the Canadian championship against Jenn Hanna of Ontario and looked to be dead in the water, trailing by two in the 10th end.

I'll admit it, I had a story written about what a disaster the final was, about how the Manitoba players failed to show up in the most important game of their lives and about how Jones herself looked like she had something caught in her throat the whole game.

Then the Manitoba skip pulled off her spectacular in-off to win the championship in brilliant fashion and all the negativity was forgotten.

I should have learned.

Yesterday, I did it again, tapping out a story about the unfortunate demise of the Canadian team at the world women's curling championship. It seemed like the right thing to do as the Canadians were down by three with only two ends to play against a two-time world champion and were only a loss away from potentially becoming just the third team in Canadian history to miss the playoffs at this event.

But the Canadians came back, scoring three in the 10th with the hammer and stealing one in the 11th for an 11-10 final.

And don't think the Canadians missed the fact that their local media members were among the doubters.

"I saw you guys up there," Canadian third Cathy Overton-Clapham said, referring to the media bench. "You didn't think we were going to pull that out. There's a lot of rewriting going on up there now."

Right you are Cathy.

The fact is, this team simply has a flair for the dramatic. And you certainly can't call them quitters.

"I don't know if I'd say they are miracles," second Jill Officer said. "But we are a team that doesn't give up. We've proved that a number of times this year."

All that being said, the Canadians have not looked like potential world champions very often this week.

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While Anette Norberg's Swedish team and Cassie Johnson's American side have looked comfortable and confident, the Canadians have struggled every inch of the way. They still don't have the ice down perfectly, they are still missing key shots and it often takes great ones from Jones to get the team out of sticky situations.

Even yesterday, they gave up a five-ender and still won. How often does that happen?

"I didn't get that sinking feeling in my gut. You hate to give up a five but we have fought to win games all year. We still had lots of ends left and we knew we had to just keep it going and keep fighting it out."

"We weren't playing badly," added Overton-Clapham. "It was an innocent five we gave up."

An innocent five? Come on.

You can rest assured the front-runners in this tournament, Sweden and the U.S., who will meet in tomorrow's Page system 1-vs-2 game, didn't give up any innocent fives this week.

What they did do is beat Canada. Sweden beat them soundly, the U.S. won a squeaker.

In fact the only contenders Canada has beaten so far are Norway, which was a gift from Norwegian skip Dordi (Flash) Nordby, and the Russians, which hinged largely on the free four points Canada received when the Russians were called on a controversial timing violation.

So, I must admit I still have my doubts.

It's a long road to the final through the 3-vs-4 game and Canada will have to play much better to make it happen.

Then again, surprises are nothing new to this team.


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