Hanna falls short in bid to repeat

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 11:25 AM ET

Jenn Hanna won't be going to the Scott Tournament of Hearts this year for another shot at a national women's curling title.

The Ottawa Curling Club skip lost 9-8 to Marilyn Bodogh of St. Catharines in a sudden-death playoff match yesterday at the provincial championship in Fort Frances.

Bodogh, the world champ in 1986 and 1996, stole the 10th to beat Hanna and crush the Ottawa skip's reign as Ontario champ.

"I think that the most disappointing thing is that after all the great things that have happened for us this year, it's a little bit sad for everything to come to an end," Hanna said last night.

She reached the national championship game at the Scott last February in St. John's and came within a shot of capturing the Canadian title, only to watch helplessly as Manitoba's Jennifer Jones completed a miracle with her last stone for the victory.

That shot not only cost Hanna the national title, but also denied her an automatic berth in this year's Scott, which begins in London in three weeks.

Yesterday, Hanna counted three in the eighth to take an 8-6 lead going into the final ends, but Bodogh rebounded, getting a deuce in the ninth, and the steal in the 10th.

Hanna had a difficult but manageable shot with her final rock.

Facing a Bodogh counter biting the right side of the button and three-quarters buried behind a guard, she attempted a tap-back for the win.

But her last rock went wide, glancing harmlessly off the edge of Bodogh's stone.

Hanna also dropped a 10-3 decision to the St. Catharines skip in the final draw Thursday to finish fourth at 6-3 in the round-robin.

Bodogh, 50, advances to this afternoon's semi-final against Janet McGhee of Uxbridge.

Krista Scharf of Thunder Bay downed McGhee 5-4 last night in the first-place playoff to advance into tonight's final.

barre.campbell@ott.sunpub.com


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