Fort Rouge double

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:15 AM ET

The two special Ks have struck out the side in their curling pool.

Fort Rouge clubmates Kristy Jenion and Karen Porritt each extended their unbeaten streaks to six games yesterday at the Manitoba Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Neepawa.

That means both have clinched playoff spots and the rest of their pool has been eliminated.

Jenion defeated Assiniboine Memorial's three-time provincial women's champion Janet Harvey 8-3 while Porritt beat Brandon's four-time champ Maureen Bonar 8-6 yesterday at the Yellowhead Arena.

This is familiar territory for Jenion, who's lost two provincial finals -- to Harvey in 2006 and to Jennifer Jones, the reigning Canadian champ, the year before.

'Keep on trying'

"I've had some tough losses the last few years," Jenion admitted from Neepawa shortly after making the playoffs. "I keep reaching for that goal and falling one game short or two games short, but I'm not going to give up. I'm going to keep on trying."

Jenion parted ways with her old team after failing to make it again last year and has had instant success with her new foursome that includes veteran third Karen Klein, second Theresa Cannon and Jillian Sandison.

"This has been a real team-bonding experience with a whole new group," Jenion said. "After playing six years with the old group, I couldn't be happier.

"Everyone's playing solid and 6-0 is good."

Jenion will face Porritt this morning to determine which team finishes first in her pool.

"That's a very important game because the winner gets the (Page playoff one-versus-one) game, but it's not the most important thing," Jenion said.

The last time Porritt came this close as a skip was in 2006 when Jenion eliminated her in the semifinal.

"We kind of blew that one when we gave up three in the last end of the semifinal," Porritt said. "Now, we get to play her again. We're in the playoffs now. That was our goal and we're happy."

Porritt called the game and threw second rocks during the city zone playdowns, but has returned to skipping third Janice Blair, second Susan Baleja and Alison Harvey in Neepawa.

"We just decided to go back to the way it was and so far, so good," said Porritt, who won the 2002 provincial title at third for Jones. "We're in the playoffs and just hope to keep playing as well as we have been so far."

In the other pool, Morden's Chelsea Carey clipped East St. Paul's Kim Link 6-2 to extend her unbeaten streak to five straight games. Carey was playing Fort Rouge's top-seeded Barb Spencer -- her former skip -- on the late draw last night.

Spencer rebounded from her only loss to edge clubmate Holly Scott 8-5. Spencer improved to 4-1 and dropped Scott to 4-1. Scott was playing Link (3-2) last night.

The final games of the roundrobin will be played today at 8:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Barring tie-breakers, the playoffs will start at 7 p.m.


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