Barb Spencer is hoping she can tough it out on the ice when the Casinos of Winnipeg Classic is played at the Fort Rouge Curling Club this weekend.
The Fort Rouge skip has been hobbled by a knee injury that forced her out of some cashspiels and club games. Spencer had an MRI on Monday and may need arthroscopic surgery.
"I was told that no more damage could be done to it by playing," said the former Manitoba champ. "You know, the year that Connie (Laliberte) had her (arthroscopic) surgery, she won the Canadian championship and I'm hoping the same thing happens to me."
The CCA has deemed the event one of three women's Grand Slams, meaning major CTRS points are up for grabs.
"It almost guarantees we will have a great field," said chairperson Jan Sandison.
That will include Alberta's Olympic bronze-medallist Shannon Kleibrink, B.C.'s reigning Canadian champion Kelly Scott, B.C.'s former Canadian champ Kelley Law and Manitoba's recent national titeleist Jennifer Jones.
The COW Classic starts Friday at 8:30 a.m., with Monday's final at 5 p.m. The winner gets $14,000.
On the men's side, Manitoba's Kerry Burtnyk and Dave Boehmer will be competing at a WCT spiel in Kamloops, B.C. this weekend.
Morden's Ian Beavis downed Valour Road's James Kirkness 8-5 in the final to earn $3,500 at an MCT event in Beausejour, Kirkness got $1,750 ... In the women's final, St. Vital's Calleen Neufeld nipped Darcy Robertson of Fort Rouge 7-6 to win $1,500. Robertson settled for $850 ... Manitoba's Howie Restall earned $1,934 at a WCT spiel in St. Paul, Minn.