Dream year capped

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:54 AM ET

THOMPSON -- Her dream lives on, perhaps a little more vibrantly now.

Janet Harvey cashed in a great season on the money circuit with her third Manitoba title yesterday.

Her Fort Rouge foursome stole a total of six points in four different ends en route to sinking St. Vital's Kristy Jenion 9-3 in the final of the Scott Tournament of Hearts at C.A. Nesbitt Arena last night.

Previously, Harvey had earned trips to this week's Canada Cup and the in the inaugural women's Players' Championship.

"It's really been a dream year for us," Harvey said. "I don't know why it's happening. We had a great cash year, then to top it off with a win here is an amazing feeling this week."

Supported by third Jill Thurston, second Cherie-Ann Loder and Carey Burgess, Harvey will represent Manitoba at the national Scott Tournament of Hearts in London, Ont., Feb. 25-Mar. 5 -- where she will join fellow Manitoban Jennifer Jones, the defending Canadian champ.

Harvey, 38, had previously won Manitoba titles with different squads in 1990 and '97 but was starting to wonder if she would ever get back to the national stage.

"Oh yeah, we're not getting any younger and you have to have a lot of things going for you," Harvey said. "You have to get a lot of breaks and this year, we've had a lot of breaks. This week, I didn't feel I got a lot of breaks in this thing but we kind of put our nose to the grindstone and we had to work for pretty much every win.

"You don't win very often. I have been very fortunate to have won three times now. It's so hard to win, it really is and to get back, it's such a great show when you go to the Scott. It's so much fun. The curling is great, they treat you like royalty and it's what every women's curler wants to play in. And having a Buffalo on your back is always a proud thing."

Jenion, who just lost her second straight Scott final, blamed it on fatigue after playing her third playoff match of the day.

"It was pretty obvious out there that we were just flat-out exhausted," she said, wiping away tears. "It was a long day and we're really proud for getting this far. But it's really crappy to lose two finals in a row. Hopefully, we'll get back there again next year. Just wasn't our day."

Second Leslie Wilson also battled a flu bug while playing.

"Yeah, I'm sad," said Jenion's third, Lisa Roy, a Thompson native. "But, for us to do this two years in a row after only curling together for two years? This team's got a lot of future ahead of it and I'm very proud of the girls.

"But it was Jan's year. We lost to a good team so we can't be disappointed in that."

While Harvey's third, Jill Thurston, has won a previous title, it was the first for both second Cherie-Ann Loder, 22, and lead Carey Burgess, 32.

"It feels amazing," said Loder, an eleventh-hour replacement for Lisa Fargey. "I never thought that, in my second year in women's, I'd be heading off to a Scott so it's really exciting. I'm not even sure what to think or what's going through my head right now."

Burgess has been playing for Harvey for the past eight years.

"It's a little surreal," she said. "It's exciting but I think tomorrow morning when I wake up, it will be for real. I've woken up so many times on the other end. It's amazing."

Harvey had advanced to the final with a 6-5 victory over St. Vital's Karen Porritt in one of the sloppiest Page playoff one-versus-one games ever witnessed.

Harvey had little time for celebration as she was planning to hop a plane for Kamloops, B.C. for the ill-timed Canada Cup this morning.


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