She's always a target

TERRY JONES -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:51 AM ET

HALIFAX -- When you have a target on your back, the arrows go deeper. They hurt more. You bleed more.

Colleen Jones felt the arrows in her back and the blood flow when a 10th-end measurement went the wrong way and the six-time Scott Tournament of Hearts winner, and two-time world champion, lost her fatal fourth game here last night.

She said she felt like a lower case Randy Ferbey who lost his fourth and declared himself dead earlier in the day.

"When you've been so great for so long, like Randy's rink, there's a target on your back. Ferbey has a massive target on his back. They have more than a target. We have a target. They have a full landing strip.''

However you describe it, Canada's greatest rinks, all time, both crash landed here yesterday at the 'Roar of the Rings' Olympic Trials.

"There's blood and death out there until you can't give anymore,'' said Jones, the hometown heroine.

"Somebody always wants to take it away.

"You have to have that 'I want this more than anybody else and I'll kill you for it' attitude. We were able to do that for a long time. It's not easy to stay at the top. Finding the drive and intensity is so hard. To be able to muster it up all the time ...

SMELLING BLOOD

"I thought we were smelling blood out there in that game,'' she said of taking Sandra Schmirler's old rink, skipped by Jan Betker, to the last end measurement and losing 8-7.

"We didn't have it before today but, I thought we had it today,'' said Colleen. "It's a hard thing to manufacture. It's a hard thing to want the most.''

Jones didn't win the Scott Tournament of Hearts to join Ferbey at the Worlds last year. And she admits her rink lost some of the fire.

"Definitely,'' she said.

"We didn't know it at the time ... but definitely.''

Unlike Ferbey, Jones thinks there's still hope here because of the number of women's rinks with two losses.

"We need a miracle now. But miracles happen.''

With three draws to go, Stefanie Lawton of Saskatchewan and Kelly Scott of B.C. look clear and away to the three-team playoffs with 5-1 records.

But Sherry Middaugh of Ontario sits at 4-2. And four teams, including Winnipeg's Jennifer Jones, left the rink on the bubble with three losses yesterday.

Colleen says she still has a hope of making four losses work because her remaining three games are against Jennifer Jones this morning, Scott and Middaugh.

Jennifer, the defending Canadian champion, joined Betker, Calgary's Shannon Kleibrink and Saskatchewan's Sherry Anderson, with 3-3 records.

Having had three rocks pulled due to hog line violations here so far, Jones watched sweeper Georgina Wheatcroft burn a rock she was sweeping to give Scott three on an end which Jones said was the difference between winning and losing.

MOVED THE ROCK

"I definitely moved the rock,'' said the lead who went to the Salt Lake Olympics as a member of Kelley Law's foursome.

"I gave it a good whack,'' she said of the guard rock she hit while sweeping Jones last rock in the fifth end.

Wheatcroft said with the two hogline violations by Jones and one by Jill Officer and her burned rock, stuff just seems to be happening to their rink here.

"You can't go over the hog line,'' she said.

"You can't burn a rock.''


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