Big adjustment for Martineau

CON GRIWKOWSKY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:15 AM ET

WAINWRIGHT -- The good news is that Chana Martineau has fought off the flu and sinus infection that kept her out of the women's northerns.

Still, Martineau is not totally in the clear.

Three days after lead Jessica Mair stepped in to help the team win the C Event final at the northerns, Martineau underwent laproscopic surgery for an abdominal problem.

"When you're talking about adversity, I wasn't sure if I'd be in for surgery or not," said Martineau. "I had some ongoing health problems during the season."

Still recuperating from the Jan. 9 surgery, Martineau had decided not to mess with a good thing.

While she's going to call the game, Mair will continue to throw last rocks.

Martineau is still in no shape to sweep.

"Given that I'm just recovering from surgery and I've only been throwing rocks the last six days, I decided the best thing to do would be to throw lead rocks," said Martineau.

"We had to make that call when I wasn't able to throw rocks. No sweeping, so it's a bit of a lineup change."

This has been an unusually challenging year health-wise for Martineau.

"In my whole career in the sport, about 25 years, I guess, I hadn't missed a weekend of curling, ever," said Martineau. "I was never too sick to play until this year."

That's not to say Martineau couldn't have pulled the plug several times before, but she was always able to soldier on.

"I remember one time when I took flu medication after every game," said Martineau. "I played the whole weekend and we lost the C qualifier."

Martineau has a certain amount of sympathy for the plight of Mark Johnson, who came down with a severe flu at last weekend's men's northerns. The team ended up losing Sunday's C Event final and Johnson is unable to be at this week's Grand Slam event in Saskatoon.

"I feel terrible, I know how he feels," said Martineau. "I wish he had our result."

In last night's opening round featuring unseeded teams, it was: Martineau 5, Glenys Bakker 4; Renee Sonnenberg 7, Megan Kirk 6; Karen Powell 6, Deb Santos 2 and Faye White 8, Tiffany Odegard 4.


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