Neufeld in tough to repeat

TED WYMAN -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:18 AM ET

One of the most intriguing storylines at the Target Provincial Junior Women's Curling Championship involves a potential rematch of last year's final between defending champ Calleen Neufeld of La Salle and Kaileigh Strath of Souris.

Of course, that coveted matchup may never come about if any of the other top seeds have anything to say about it.

When the championship gets underway today at the St. Vital Curling Club, there will be several potential challengers, including last year's top seed Kaitlyn Lawes of Pembina and 2001 champion Allison Nimik of Victoria.

Neufeld, who topped the previously-unbeaten Strath 7-5 in last year's final at Brandon, is the top seed, Strath is second, Lawes is third and Nimik is fourth.

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Those top contenders will also have to fend off the likes of Heather Pierson of Victoria (seeded fifth), Kerri Flett of Petersfield (6), Michelle Montford of Assiniboine-Memorial (7) and Erin Mahoney of Brandon (8).

Strath will most certainly be seeking retribution for last year's final, in which she led 5-3 through eight ends before giving up four in the ninth to fall behind for good.

Meanwhile, Neufeld will be looking to get back to the national championship, where her team put up a 5-6 record a year ago.

Round-robin draws run today through Saturday, with Page playoffs slated for Saturday night and the semifinals for Sunday morning.

The final will be played at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.


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