Jones' forgettable game

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:37 AM ET

VERNON, B.C. -- Quite frankly, it may have been the worst game the Jennifer Jones team has played in recent memory.

And that includes the Scotties Tournament of Hearts when the Manitobans sunk into a deep dark funk for three forgettable days.

Yet, Team Canada still managed to pull out a 9-6 victory over Italy's Diana Gaspari in a women's world championship match at the Greater Vernon Multiplex yesterday afternoon.

"You're always going to have one of those games," Jones surmised. "In the Scotties, we had a few of those (four) and we had a loss beside our name. So, we're pretty happy that we pulled out the win."

While all four posted their lowest shooting percentages of the week, the most shocking misses came when Canada third Cathy Overton-Clapham sailed three attempted draws through the house and another to the back 12.

"I was just a little off with draw weight," admitted Overton-Clapham who was still somehow scored at 73%. "It got a little heavy and I just never picked up on it.

"I missed a few draws. Other than that, I thought I made some shots that got us our deuce and some multiple points ... We were all a little off. Everyone had a little trouble but we came together on the ninth end."

After cracking a deuce in the eighth end to take a 7-6 lead, Canada stole two in the ninth when Italy skip Gaspari came up short on a draw facing three.

"We were a little bit fortunate when she missed her draw there in the ninth end," conceded Overton-Clapham, who is suffering from a cold virus. "But we're a team that fights back and that's what happened in the ninth end."

Canada second Jill Officer suggested that she may incorrectly advised her third on draw weight.

"It definitely doesn't happen very often," Officer said. "Cathy has a great touch. I'm not worried about her at all.

"It definitely wasn't our sharpest game this week in general ... We're going to have to pick up our socks."

Gaspari, who admonished herself for missing the draw in nine, deserved a better fate.

"We were in good position to win that one," she said. "We saw them missing some shots. It was a great game for us. We stayed in the game as long as possible."

In the evening's eighth draw, Canada improved to 5-0 with a comeback 9-6 victory over Russia. Also at 5-0 is China's Bingyu Wang, who beat the Czech Republic 7-5 last evening and Denmark 9-8 in an extra end yesterday morning.

Wang plays Canada this morning for first place.

"I hope that we can play well," said Wang, after her game with Denmark. "I hope that it will be a really good game."

Jones beat Wang at the 2005 worlds and has not played her since.

"They're a good team," said Overton-Clapham. "They make a lot of shots and they're technically sound. Obviously, they're playing well.

"They work hard. They curl full-time and I know they're in Canada most of the year playing, so you've got to expect them to be tough."

Meanwhile, the U.S.A.'s Deb McCormick defeated Germany 6-3 to improve to 4-1 and a tie for third place with Switzerland's Mirjam Ott.

BITER: Jennifer Jones caused a stir when she showed up with curly hair, which is actually her natural look. "I didn't want to blow-dry it," she explained. "You have to live a little on the edge sometimes."


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