Golden time for Hanna

JOE PAVIA -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:10 AM ET

It was a rich harvest for Jenn Hanna on Monday at Calgary's Trail Appliances Autumn Gold Classic.

Hanna's Ottawa rink decisively defeated Jan Betker 9-0 in the final for a $14,000 payday.

Coming out of the B-side, the foursome struck early getting four in the first end. "Jan came out flat." said Hanna. "We've played them before and they didn't play like that."

Hanna (with Joelle Sabourin, Dawn Askin and Stephanie Hanna) stole five in the fourth end when Betker's draw sailed deep.

Hanna said the trip west wasn't for the money: "It's never about how much we won, it's about getting better."

Ottawa's Anne Merklinger received $4,000 for qualifying in the same 'spiel.

Hanna's clubmate, Russell's Bryan Cochrane earned gold on the same day.

Cochrane defeated Sarnia's Heath McCormick 9-5 in nine ends to win the $9,000 first-place prize in the MacIce Parliament Cup.

"It means a lot to us to win," said the skip. "It's a new team getting used to each other."

McCormick got smacked for four points in the seventh when he drew too deep against three Cochrane stones. The Ottawa skip's last shot was a draw for 4.

The addition of Chris Fulton (third) and Jeff Henderson (second -- John Steski leads) seems to have worked. Speaking about his new team, Fulton said: "It feels really good to be on this team. We keep getting stronger and stronger."

Fulton and company also really like the aggressive style of Cochrane's play.

In the semi-final against McCormick, Glenn Howard couldn't replicate his skilled qualifier performance -- an 8-4 win over Buckingham's Pierre Charette.

The Sarnia rink beat Howard 7-2. Cochrane made a perfect draw against three in the 10th end to beat Gatineau's Jean-Michel Menard 7-5.

The women's side of the 'spiel saw Laura Payne's junior team win 7-6 against Pascale Letendre.

HOWARD'S END: Although his team is Olympic Trial bound, Glenn Howard isn't changing a thing. "We were pretty happy with the way it went last year."

As to their chances: "We can win it. I'm not going there to lose or come in second."

His sponsorship mix may change. JVC and Balance Plus remain, but last year's much-talked about Trojan condom deal isn't a quite a safe bet for this year.

JUNIOR GLORY: Brockville's Rob Bushfield won $1,200 in last weekend's junior 'spiel in Oakville.

ICE, ICE MAN: No, he's not a hip-hop artist, but he just might be making the ice sing at the Hunt Club. Kirk Smyth has assumed ice duties there and brings his international ice crafting skills with him.

BY SCOTT: Expect the Scott Tournament of Hearts to change its name this year. Scott Paper Canada had been licensed to use the Scott name, but that agreement with the U.S. company that owns the name has ended. They have to come up with a new name for the national women's championship.


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