Local rinks hunt for Cup spots

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Jennifer Jones and her rink highlight play in the 2008 Women's Canada Cup Qualifier as the championship round continues at the Ottawa and Rideau Curling Club in Ottawa today.

Jones takes on Quebec's Marie-France Larouche in quarter-final action this morning. Jones qualified through round-robin play, while Larouche got by Manitoba's Barb Spencer 9-4 last night. Winnipeg's Kristy Jenion made it to the money of the championship round, but no further, losing 12-3 to Ontario's Sherry Middaugh.

At the Men's Canada Cup Qualifier in Edmonton, Kerry Burtnyk takes on Mike McEwen in championship round action today. Jeff Stoughton's was facing Sean Geall last night (it was still underway at press time). If Stoughton wins, he'll take on B.C.'s Bob Ursel this morning.

YOUNGER BRO PREVAILS

It was a battle of siblings at Brandon Curling Club with a spot in the Safeway Championship on the line. And this time, little brother was the one laughing last.

William Lyburn downed big bro Allan 7-4 in yesterday's final of the Brandon Men's Bonspiel to clinch a berth in the provincial men's curling championship, which will take place in Selkirk in February.

Last year, Lyburn won a special playoff at the MCA Bonspiel to capture the final spot.

Petersfield's Dave Boehmer also punched his ticket to Selkirk yesterday, winning the Zone 3 playdowns. The other teams with spots are Burtnyk, Stoughton, Carberry's Richard Muntain and Brandon's Terry McNamee.

NEUFELD FALLS SHORT

La Salle's Calleen Neufeld ended up one win short at the Manitoba Curling Tour's Thistle Integrity Stakes.

The only women's squad in the field, Neufeld beat Travis Bale in a quarter-final and Bob Sigurdson in the semifinal before falling 5-1 to Deer Lodge's Pete Nicholls in the final. Neufeld was trying to become the first women's team in six years to win an MCT open event.


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