Cracked vertebrae can't keep curler away from Scott

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:26 AM ET

THOMPSON -- Don't expect another Oscar contender to come out but you can find a 'broke back' curler on the pebble way up here at the Scott Tournament of Hearts.

Kendra Green, who throws lead rocks for Roseland's Kristen Williamson, barely made it back to the ice after suffering a major back injury last summer.

"I slipped and fell down the stairs at my dad's house so, I've been off work since July," Green, a VIA Rail employee said yesterday. "I fractured two vertebrae in my upper spine."

Green, 23, escaped traction "because they said that it actually makes it worse because then you lose all the muscles in your back, too so, it's a longer recovery time. So, I was lucky. I just took some time off and relaxed."

But she was worried about missing the national Mixed where she played lead for Manitoba's David Hamblin, losing the final in Whitehorse.

"I missed a few spiels in the beginning, then I kind of eased back into it," Green said. "Luckily, I was able to play for the Mixed team in Whitehorse.

"It was great to get back. It was (painful) at first. But a little Advil and stretching goes a long way. And at the gym, I did lots of muscle-building. I still feel it every once in a while but I can't complain. I've been very lucky."

HOLLY HOT: Holly Scott of Gilbert Plains continued to capture attention when her 'sisterhood of the travelling curling pants' pulled off a pair of upsets yesterday. First, Scott surprised Shauna Streich of Fort Rouge 6-5, then she followed that up by ambushing Williamson 9-4.

"We were playing really well, obviously," said the bubbly Scott, who improved to 2-2. "Yeah, we're excited. Since we're the bottom-ranked team, we had to play all of the top-seeded teams first. We're playing the lower-seeded teams now but the competition will probably still be the same."

TIED UP: In other games of note, St. Vital's fourth-ranked Kristy Jenion kept her hopes alive with a 9-6 victory over clubmate Marlene Lang. That left Jenion in a four-way tie for third in her pool with Baldur's Gwen Wooley, Stonewall's Rhonda Varnes and Fort Rouge's Darcy Robertson, all at 2-2.

Thompson's Debbie Cripps clipped Robertson 7-6 to record her first victory of the week.

BITERS: Our old friend from the Fort Rouge, Bob Boughey, is recovering from a mild heart attack suffered two weeks ago. Boughey, who played second for Ron Westcott when he won the Manitoba senior men's title in 1999, had already helped Westcott qualify for this year's championship ... Manitoba's Jeff Stoughton, Dave Boehmer and Ryan Fry have been confirmed as participants at next month's Grand Slam in St. John's, N.L.


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