A triple crowning

Down but not out, Jennifer Jones overcame 4-1 deficits in two playoff games to win her third...

Down but not out, Jennifer Jones overcame 4-1 deficits in two playoff games to win her third provincial Scotties Tournament of Hearts on Sunday. (Winnipeg Sun/Brian Donogh)

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:54 AM ET

MORRIS -- She curled like a woman who just was not going to be denied.

St. Vital's Jennifer Jones overcame 4-1 deficits in back-to-back playoff games and emerged the victor at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

Jones was down three after two ends but bounced back to post a 9-6 win over Fort Rouge's Darcy Robertson in the final at the Southern Manitoba Convention Centre yesterday.

It's the third provincial crown for Jones and second in the last three years.

"Growing up, I couldn't believe I would have one and now that I have three, it's unbelievable," she said. "I feel lucky and it's very surreal. This team works really, really hard and it shows that it pays off.

"It feels great. The team played great. I didn't think I had my best game today and my team hung in there and it feels really, really good. We really wanted to win this."

Robertson cracked a four in the second end to take an early 4-1 lead. But Jones rebounded with a three in the next end to knot the score.

"We were unfortunate to give back that three," Robertson said. "It looked like we were in control at that point and we just let it slip away from us."

Robertson failed to make a raise-back double in the eighth, leaving Jones an open draw for two and an 8-6 lead.

'GREAT SHOTS'

"We played well this game, it just didn't work out our way," Robertson said. "They made some great shots and we just ended up on the wrong side of the win.

"Anybody could have won this thing. I'm happy that we really played well this week. We raised it a notch here."

Supported by third Cathy Overton-Clapham, second Jill Officer and Janet Arnott, Jones will represent Manitoba at the national Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Lethbridge, Alta., Feb. 17-25.

It will be the third straight national appearance for Jones and fourth in the last six years. And it is a record seventh Manitoba women's title and record-tying ninth national appearance for Arnott if she plays.

"I just feel so very lucky to represent the province at the Canadians," said Jones, who lost last year's national final to B.C.'s Kelly Scott. "It's really unbelievable and I hope we will do it proud."

The team was determined to return to the national to make amends for that loss.

"After losing the final last year, we wanted to get back and try to win," Overton-Clapham said. "That final was hard to take so we really wanted to win.

"It feels great. We had a good day today and we worked hard for this."


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