Jones on life-support, too

TERRY JONES -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:18 AM ET

HALIFAX -- Colleen Jones has travelled to several world championships with Randy Ferbey. Now she's joined him on the edge of the cliff here.

The 19-time Scott Tournament of Hearts curler, six-time Canadian champion and two-time world champion skip suffered a third loss here last night to leave herself on the bubble with Ferbey and the two Halifax men's teams - Shawn Adams and Mark Dacey.

Jones also has company in Sandra Schmirler's Olympic gold-medal rink now skipped by Jan Betker and Shannon Kleibrink, the Calgary skip they beat in the final to get to the Nagano 1998 Olympic Winter Games. All three have 2-3 records.

A DAY OF CARNAGE

It was a day of carnage here yesterday at the Olympic Trials with top teams losing on almost every scoreboard.

Sherry Middaugh of Ontario, undefeated going into the day, lost twice to fall to 2-3. Jennifer Jones of Winnipeg lost her second game. So did Sherry Anderson of Saskatchewan.

Suddenly Stefanie Lawton of Saskatchewan and Kelly Scott of B.C. are the leaders of the pack with 4-1 records and perfectly positioned to be one of the three teams to advance to the playoffs.

Two losses are not the end of the world, but you can see it from there.

Three ...

"We're just on life-support, we're not dead yet,'' said Colleen.

"We have to pull up our leotards. I played terrible today,'' she said of losing 10-3 to Lawton and 8-7 Kleibrink.

Colleen made a lineup shuffle, switching Mary-Ann Arsenault to third and dropping Kim Kelly to second. Both curled 89%. Jones curled 63%.

Jennifer Jones also curled 63% in losing to Lawton in the nightcap.

"It's such an even field, it's such a good field,'' said Jennifer.

LOST IN MORNING

Kleibrink lost to Betker in the morning to put herself on life-support first and had to beat Colleen Jones to stay alive with three losses.

"It's must-win the rest of the way,'' she said.

Betker lost to Jo-Anne Rizzo of Ontario, who started the tournament at 0-3 but won both yesterday to stay alive.

"So many good teams lost games today because there are so many good teams out there,'' said Betker.


Videos

Photos