Streak snapped

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:50 AM ET

The crowd favourite may have failed to defend her title but at least Manitoba's Jennifer Jones cashed her first paycheque of the young season.

Saskatchewan's Sherry Anderson snapped her opponent's 13-game winning streak over the last two years at the Casinos of Winnipeg Classic at the Fort Rouge Curling Club last night.

Anderson stole two in the eighth end to take a 5-1 lead en route to a 6-1 victory over Jones.

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"It would have been nice to get 14 (wins) but I'm pretty happy with how we played," said Jones, who earned the $9,000 runner-up money in her foursome's third cashspiel of the young season. "We'd been playing well, we just weren't getting results in the other spiels. We came here and were on the other side of the inch, which is nice and hopefully, we'll keep getting better."

Jones beat Alberta's Shannon Kleibrink in last year's final. Kleibrink went on to win the Olympic trials and Olympic bronze, so this may be a good omen for Jones.

"That's true," said Jones, supported by third Cathy Overton-Clapham, second Jill Officer and new lead Dana Allerton. "Shannon did well last year, didn't she? So maybe, we'll go with that (omen)."

Anderson has now won two of the four finals she has played at the most prestigious annual women's cashspiel in Manitoba.

"The ice conditions here are marvellous ," said Anderson, who won $14,000. "Once you get that feel for it, it's nice and it's readable.

"And we just love it here."

Supported by third Kim Hodson, second Heather Walsh and Donna Gignac, Anderson did not win a single game in her only previous spiel this season.

"We went out three straight, so your confidence goes shooting right down," Anderson said. "This brought it back up."

Although Allerton has returned after helping Jones win the 2002 Manitoba title, she was not blaming herself for the team's failure to cash any cheques before this weekend.

"Oh God, no," she said. "We were playing really well, things just weren't working out for us in the other spiels."

Anderson advanced to the final by clipping Kleibrink 5-2 while Jones sunk Saskatchewan's Stefanie Lawton 9-4 in the semifinals. Both Lawton and Kleibrink pocketed $5,000.

Darcy Robertson was the only other Manitoban to qualify, settling for $3,000. The other qualifiers were: Cassie Johnson of the U.S., who beat Manitoba junior Calleen Neufeld late Sunday, Alberta's Deb Santos and B.C.'s Kelley Law.

BITER: Manitoba's Kerry Burtnyk was playing B.C.'s Bobby Ursel in the final of a WCT spiel in Kamloops, B.C. last night.


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