Lawes has arrived

Kaitlyn Lawes. (Winnipeg Sun/Jon Schledewitz)

Kaitlyn Lawes. (Winnipeg Sun/Jon Schledewitz)

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:03 AM ET

World beater is the simplest way to describe Kaitlyn Lawes and the weekend she had at Fort Rouge Curling Club.

Actually, the fun is just getting started, because now she's in the money.

Lawes, who still has one more year of junior eligibility, qualified for the playoff round of the Casinos of Winnipeg Classic yesterday afternoon with an 8-3 win over Winnipeg's Lisa Blixhaven (nee Roy) in a B-side qualifier.

To get there Lawes beat three former world women's champions: B.C.'s Kelly Scott, Saskatchewan's Jan Betker and Sweden's Anette Norberg.

Lawes, who won the Canadian junior women's title last winter and bronze at the worlds, claimed to not be in awe of her victims.

"It was just three victories, but we were pumped about it," Lawes said. "We played really well. We didn't let it get to us, who we were playing, but it was kind of satisfying after."

Scott, who also won a Canadian junior women's crown when she lived in Winnipeg in the 1990s, was impressed.

"If it means anything to her, she reminds me of me at that age, where you're out there and you're hungry and there's lots that you want to do in the sport," Scott said. "She's got a real good future."

Lawes replaced two of her players this fall, as her lead and second graduated from the junior ranks. Joining Lawes and third Jenna Loder were second Laryssa Grenkow and lead Breanne Meakin.

"We've built on every event, we're having a ton of fun, and it's going well," Lawes said.

Lawes will meet Winnipeg's Barb Spencer in quarter-final action at 10 a.m. today. The other quarters will feature Scott versus Calgary's Cheryl Bernard, Winnipeg's Jennifer Jones against Edmonton's Cathy King, and Michelle Englot of Montmarte, Sask., taking on Norberg.

The final is at 5 pm. today.

At the Meyers Norris Penny Prairie Classic men's event in Portage, Kerry Burtnyk and Brad Gushue qualified for the playoff round through the B-side yesterday, joining A-side winners Dave Boehmer and Wayne Middaugh.

The four C-side qualifiers last night were Daley Peters, Glenn Howard, Brad Heidt and William Lyburn.

The final is at 6 p.m. today.


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