Replacement may be replaced

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:46 AM ET

MORRIS -- The replacement lead may be replaced for the nationals.

Janet Arnott, who had replaced Dana Allerton for the Manitoba Scotties Tournament of Hearts, may not play at the nationals next month, St. Vital skip Jennifer Jones indicated yesterday.

"We haven't decided yet," she said. "We'll have to sit down and figure it out. She'll still be part of this team.

"But for a '29-year-old,' she played really well."

Arnott had no problem with that scenario.

"I don't know what the plan is (for nationals) because they are going to get somebody to replace the lead and I'm not that person," she said. "My gut feeling is I can't see them changing it up once again right now."

Arnott won a record seventh Manitoba women's title.

"It's pretty exciting but it hasn't sunk in yet," she said. "It's been a long week for an old broad. But it was fun. I had a great time. I was under more pressure on myself because I hadn't been playing as much, leading up to this so I was a little worried about how I would perform."

HOT SHOTS: Jones made two great shots in the fifth end to score four, rebounding from a 4-1 deficit in the semifinal. Jones then cracked a six in the eighth end to eliminate Fort Rouge's Shauna Streich 13-5.

"We knew what we had to do to beat a team like Jennifer," she said. "You have to play consistent and we just weren't good enough. To win this province, we knew we were going to have to beat her and we just weren't good enough today. She deserved it."

But Streich was encouraged by her showing.

"Last year, we were in final four," she said. "This year, we made it to final three and we're building."

HORSE SUPPORT: The Stampede town drew a total attendance of 10,153 for the Hearts and organizers are expecting to turn at least a modest profit. That is an average of about 564 a draw at the Southern Manitoba Convention Centre, which has a capacity of about 750. That was for an event that conflicted with the Grand Slam in Winnipeg, which likely cut into some fan base and certainly drew media attention away from the Scotties.

HISTORY-MAKER: Arnott now holds the record for most wins in women's provincial history. Including the tie-breaker, Arnott now has 89, two more than her sister, Connie Laliberte. Jones third Cathy Overton-Clapham moved into third with 71.


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