Youngster has it

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:07 AM ET

It didn't take long for the new kid on the curling block to prove she belongs in the world of women.

In her first year out of junior, Chelsea Carey helped Barb Spencer earn a trip to the provincials when her Fort Rouge foursome defeated Baldur's Gwen Wooley 5-4 in the final of the Scott Berth Bonspiel at the Brandon Curling Club yesterday. Carey, the daughter of former Brier champion Dan Carey, replaced Spencer's sister, Darcy Robertson, at third this season as Robertson took a break from an exhaustive curling schedule.

First to qualify

"Carey's shooting really well and fits into the team well," Spencer said from Brandon shortly after the victory. "She's been taught well and is good at discussing strategy, and she can throw the heat, which is nice."

Also supported by second Kim Keizer -- who had to leave with two ends left to catch a work-related flight -- and Barb Enright, Spencer is the first to qualify for the Scott Tournament of Hearts, to be held in Thompson, Jan. 25-29, 2006.

"I don't know if it's an omen but the two times I've won (the Manitoba title) before, I won the berth bonspiel," said Spencer, 39. "I'm excited. Every time you go, it's a great experience and one step closer to the Canadians."

In the semifinals, Spencer clipped St. Vital's Karen Porritt 8-7 while Wooley nipped Shauna Streich of Fort Rouge 7-6.

JR. WOMEN: Petersfield's Kerri Flett pasted Pembina's Kaitlyn Lawes 11-2 in the final of the Target Junior Women's Berth Bonspiel at the Winkler Curling Club to earn her third trip to the provincials -- to be held at the St. Vital Curling Club, Jan. 4-8, 2006.

"It feels wonderful," said Flett, 16, supported by third Jasmine Bracken, 17, second Jillian Sandison (daughter of former provincial champ Jan Sandison), 18, and Sarah Norget, 17. "I'm very excited. There's going to be a lot of strong teams there and I'm going to be one of them. I'm hoping to do well."

Flett's best record at the provincials is 4-3.

JUNIOR MEN: Stonewall's Tyler Waterhouse downed Morden's Kyle Peters 7-3 in the final of the Target Junior Men's Berth Bonspiel at the Neepawa Curling Club to earn his second trip to the provincials -- to be held at the Wildewood Curling Club, Jan. 4-8.

"It feels pretty good," said third Andrew Hunt, 20, speaking on behalf of the 20-year-old Waterhouse, who had lost his voice. "The pressure's been lifted after winning this bonspiel."

On the front end are second Jarrett Kolomaya, 16 and Neil Kitching, 15.

SHOCKER: Manitoba's Olympic trials-bound Jeff Stoughton failed to advance to the championship round of the World/Manitoba Curling Tour's Pharmasave Gimli Classic. Stonewall's Chris Galbraith eliminated Stoughton 7-3 in yesterday's B qualifier of what was Stoughton's final tune-up for the Canadian Curling Trials.

Valour Road's Mark Lukowich, Dauphin's Peter Prokopowich, Pembina's Bill Kuran, Valour Road's Andrew Wickman and Arborg's Wes Jonasson also qualified.

Meanwhile, Stoughton had some company as Alberta's trials-bound Kevin Martin failed to qualify at a WCT spiel in Nipawin, Sask.

MIXED RESULTS: Morris's David Hamblin is 2-0 through two draws at the Canadian mixed championship in Whitehorse.


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