The real Jennifer Jones is back.
After struggling through the TSN Skins Game and Continental Cup, Manitoba's reigning world women's champion proved that her squad still has the comeback stuff.
Jones rebounded from a 6-1 deficit to defeat Switzerland's Bina Feltscher-Beeli 7-6 in an extra end in the final of the Braehead Ladies International cashspiel in Glasgow, Scotland, yesterday.
Jones, of course, scored comeback victories to win both the Canadian crown and the women's world title last season.
Supported by third Cathy Overton-Clapham, second Jill Officer and Dawn Askin, Jones won about $3,700. The spiel served as a tune-up for the national Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Victoria, B.C., where her foursome will wear Team Canada colours.
A pair of competitors won triple crowns at the 2009 Manitoba Junior Championships held at both the Winnipeg Winter and Wildewood Clubs on the weekend.
The Winter Club's Thoby Cameron took the Under 19 boys singles, doubles (with Jordan Beettam) and mixed (with Wildewood's Leah Inglis) titles.
Matching that feat was Wildewood's Melissa Liew, who won the U16 girls singles, doubles (with Jessica Schmidtke) and mixed (with Dale Kinley) titles.
Kristy Beettam upset Inglis, the No. 1 seed, in the U19 girls single final.
The 8th Annual Ironman Outdoor Bonspiel will be held on the Assiniboine River near the Forks Historic Port, Feb. 6-8.
The event is a fundraiser for the Heart and Stroke Foundation and organizers are seeking 48 teams. The entry fee is $120 per team and you can register online at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 831-8816 in Winnipeg, or toll-free at 1-866-831-8816.
For more info, call 831-8816 or check www.ironmancurling.com.