Jones, Harvey cash in

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:25 AM ET

Manitoba's top two women's teams will sweep into women's cashspiel history in Calgary this weekend.

Both 2005 Canadian champion Jennifer Jones and 2006 Manitoba champ Janet Harvey will compete in the World Curling Tour's inaugural $100,000 Women's Players Championship -- to be played alongside the men's $150,000 Grand Slam Players' Championship at the Calgary Corral.

"I've been jealous of the men for a long time," Jones said yesterday. "We've needed an event like this for years. And it's definitely good money."

The women's winner will get $30,000.

"It's awesome that since we amalgamated (with the WCT) that the women will benefit hugely because of it," said Harvey. "(Winning some money) would be nice. That might make the sting (of a disappointing Scott Tournament of Hearts showing) go away a little bit.

"But we just want to play well. Calgary's doing a great job and hopefully, the ice will be swingy."

Jones said her foursome has gotten over the frustration of failing to defend its title at the Scott.

"Getting to the final (against B.C.'s Kelly Scott) was great and we're very proud of what we did," Jones said. "We had a good perspective on it and moved on.

"It's nice to have an event like this at the end of the season and we're really excited because it's going to be a tremendous event."

Jones and Harvey will compete in the same pool against Saskatchewan's Sherry Anderson, Alberta's Heather Rankin and Ontario's Anne Merklinger.

"We're going to win," said Cathy Overton-Clapham, third for Jones. "That's my plan. We had a great year and hope it ends on a good note."

The field also includes Alberta's Olympic bronze-medallist Shannon Kleibrink and Scott.

Although Georgina Wheatcroft will play lead for Jones, she is not expected to continue with the squad next season.

Manitoba champion Jeff Stoughton will compete on the men's side, with Ryan Fry filling in for now-retired second Garry Van Den Berghe. The field includes Newfoundland's Olympic gold-medallist Brad Gushue and Alberta's Randy Ferbey.

The playoff games will be televised on Sportsnet.

BITER: Jones is a finalist for three awards at tonight's WCT Awards Banquet while Stoughton is up for one.


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