Owen back in the hack

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:11 AM ET

Jocelyn Owen missed the entire senior women's city zone playdowns last year, not knowing whether she'd ever curl again.

Elaine Owen, her sister-in-law, skipped her Thistle squad into the provincial playdowns during her absence.

But Jocelyn rebounded from surgery to remove three brain aneurisms to skip her foursome to a 5-2 record in those provincials.

"Getting to go play in the provincials last year was huge for me because I didn't think I was going to be able to do that," Owen said after blanking Heather's Marg Streich 10-0 in a city zone playdown at the Grain Exchange Curling Club yesterday to earn her fifth straight trip to the senior women's provincials.

Supported by third Terri Doerksen, second Debbie Werbowski and Laura Skabar, a much-healthier Owen will return to the provincials at the Fort Garry Curling Club, Feb. 26-March 2.

"I'm just trying to keep up to my daughter, Kendra," said Owen, 55.

Kendra Green won the national mixed title at lead for Sean Grassie of Deer Lodge.

Joining Owen at the provincials will be Heather's Rita Vandevyvere, who defeated Charleswood's Kathy Isaac 10-8.

Fort Garry's Chris Scalena and Thistle's Cheryl McDougall secured provincial berths Saturday. Scalena also earned a trip to the provincial Scott Tournament of Hearts earlier this month.

Minnedosa's defending champ Jean Garbolinsky won a berth bonspiel earlier this year.

SENIOR MEN: Even Mark Franklin suggested it was unlikely his revamped Fort Rouge foursome would earn a trip to the senior men's provincials.

"We shouldn't even be in this thing because it's the first year with two new guys," Franklin said after defeating clubmate Ken Dusablon 6-2 in a senior men's city zone playdown at the Grain Ex.

Franklin will appear in his second senior men's provincials in Carman from Feb. 26-March 2.

Franklin lost two players to injury and replaced them with third Brian Cox and second Gerald May, with Randy Chervinsky returning at lead.

Joining Franklin in Carman will be Fort Rouge's former provincial champion Clare DeBlonde, who defeated Pembina's Les Hooper 8-7; clubmate Ron Westcott, Pembina's Lionel Walz and Heather's Ken Ringaert.

A new champ will be declared this year as Vic Peters opted not to play senior.

"It doesn't take a Vic Peters to beat us," joked Franklin, who was undefeated in his zone.


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