Jones feelin' sharp at season-ender

CAMERON MAXWELL, CALGARY SUN

, Last Updated: 9:10 AM ET

Life's been pretty good for Jennifer Jones' rink lately.

A 5-4 triumph over Kelley Law's B.C. rink last night gave the defending champion from Winnipeg a berth in tonight's final of the season-ending World Curling Tour Players' Championship at the Corral.

They'll take on Scotties and world champion Kelly Scott of Kelowna (8 p.m.), who beat Calgary's Cheryl Bernard 7-2 in the other semi.

As Jones, third Cathy Overton-Clapham, second Jill Officer and lead Dawn Askin look to defend their Players' title, Jones acknowledged her rink is curling the best it has all season.

"At the Scotties, we just weren't sharp all week, even though we had some good games but we just weren't consistent as we would have liked to have been," said Jones, who lost in the semifinal of that event in February.

Then Jones and Co. won the Strauss Canada Cup after getting back into form and making the shots on a more consistent basis.

"We've had a great year from start to finish and we're probably doing our best curling here in the last couple of months," said Jones, whose team has captured five titles this season.

On the line in the season-ending event is a berth in the 2010 Olympic trials, $25,000 prize money and Olympic funding for training and competition from Own the Podium 2010.

For Jones and her teammates, that automatic berth into the Trials would be a pretty good cherry to top off the cake.

"The Olympic Trials spot would be great and just end the year off on a positive note," said Jones, who won the Scotties in 2005 and was a finalist in '06.

Law is away working this week, so Colleen Jones is skipping for her team.

Meanwhile, Bernard joined the semifinal group with a5-3 win over Toronto's Sherry Middaugh after scoring a pair in the eighth end with the hammer.

The women's final will be on CBC.

On the men's side of the draw, the quarter-finals start this afternoon at 1 p.m.


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