Poster girl officially in provincials

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 9:17 AM ET

They will be breathing easier in Morris now.

After all, organizers had made St. Vital's former national champion Jennifer Jones the poster girl for the 2007 Manitoba Scotties Tournament of Hearts, to be played Jan. 24-28, on the curling club's website.

Jones made sure they won't have to replace that poster when her foursome eked out a 7-5 victory over Granite's Myra Macoomb in a city zone B final at the Valour Road Curling Club yesterday.

"Provincials is a blast," said Jones, 32, who is making her ninth trip. "We're so lucky in Manitoba to be able to play in an arena on great ice. We'll really enjoy it."

FAVOURITES

And her squad will be the odds-on favourite to win.

"We've got other events to play in," said Jones, referring to the Canada Cup and Players' Championship. "So, winning the provincials would be the icing on the cake and something that we would like to do."

Fort Rouge's defending champion Janet Harvey will provide a major obstacle. Harvey stole two in the 10th end to clip clubmate Tracey Andries 7-6 in her B final.

"That's our first goal -- you want to get back to defend," said Harvey, who will make her 17th provincial appearance. "One other time, we won the championship (1990) and the next year, we didn't get in and that's not a very good feeling."

And she is determined to win again.

PLAYS TO WIN

"I don't play this game to come in second," said Harvey, 39. "There's no real carrot except to win. Once we get there, we'll give our all to win."

Also winning their city zone playdowns were: former champ Barb Spencer, Shauna Streich and Joelle Brown, all of Fort Rouge. Spencer, who sunk Wildewood's Calleen Neufeld 9-2, is making her 14th trip.

"In past years, we've always done really well at the beginning, winning bonspiels," said Spencer, 40. "This year, we got off to a little slower start and that's probably a good thing for us because we're really starting to put our game together now."

Streich nipped Fort Rouge's Darcy Robertson 6-5 in an extra end in another B final while Brown, with a new team, beat Valour Road's Karen Porritt 9-4 in an A-B final.


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