Team Canada's Jennifer Jones qualified for the championship round at a women's cashspiel in Duluth, Minn., yesterday.
In the Manitoba squad's last warmup before heading to the 2005 Canadian Curling Trials in Halifax next month, Jones finished atop her pool with a 4-0 record in the round robin, including a 6-4 victory over former U.S. champion Patti Lank.
The quarter-finals started late last night with the final scheduled for this afternoon.
Jones earned $700 US for qualifying.
Rhonda Varnes was still trying to qualify last night while fellow Manitoban Tracey Lavery was already out of the playoff picture at 0-3.
MCT PLAYOFF: A date has finally been set for the Manitoba Curling Tour's special playoff between Assiniboine Memorial's Brent Braemer and Valour Road's Mark Lukowich. The game will be played at the Thistle Curling Club on Nov. 23 at 8 p.m. The winner will face this year's winner of the MCT Championship, if eligible, for a berth into the 2006 Safeway Select. If the MCT champ is ineligible, the men's provincial berth will go to the playoff victor.
The playoff was deemed necessary because three players defected from Renaud Gagne, last year's MCT champion, to join Lukowich. Gagne now plays third for Braemer.
MIXED SENDOFF: The Morris Curling Club will host a sendoff for David Hamblin, who will compete at the national Mixed championship in Whitehorse, Yukon, Nov. 19-26, on Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. The former junior men's world champion will be joined by third Kristen Williamson, second Ross Derksen and lead Kendra Green. The formal part of the ceremonies will start at 9 p.m.