No comparing skips, says veteran third

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:37 AM ET

Cathy Overton-Clapham won one Canadian crown in four trips to the nationals at third for legendary Manitoba skip Connie Laliberte.

That was one of three national titles for Laliberte, who also won a women's world championship.

Overton-Clapham has now won another three national titles in five tries as vice-skip for Jennifer Jones, who has also won a world crown.

"I don't know if you can compare them," Overton-Clapham said after returning home from Victoria, B.C., where the Jones squad won its third Scotties Tournament of Hearts title. "They're both amazing last-rock throwers. They have that calm demeanour and they just love to throw the last one.

"They're different people but they're the same ... They both love doing it and that's why they're so good at it."

KOREA-BOUND: Also supported by second Jill Officer and lead Dawn Askin, Jones will attempt to defend her title at the women's world championship in Gangneung, South Korea, March 21-29.

"I never even imagined we would have done what we've done the last couple of seasons, with the Scotties and the worlds and hopefully, we can keep it going in Korea in a couple of weeks," Askin said. "We'll have to miss the Canada Cup but it will be awesome to go to Korea just for the experience and being able to compete out there against other national teams. It will be a good event and hopefully, we'll be able to come out on top again."

The Canada Cup conflicts with the worlds as it will be played March 18-22. A replacement will likely come from the CTRS standings.

Officer is planning to brush up on the Korean language before the team leaves on March 14.

LAWES IN CUP: Speaking of the Canada Cup, Manitoba's reigning junior women's Canadian champion Kaitlyn Lawes has been recruited to play for Alberta's Cathy King there as her third, Lori Olson, is pregnant. Lawes played for King earlier this season.

C'MON, JILL: Officer denied that her teammates were picking on her when they kept saying, "C'mon, Jill," during games at the Hearts last week.

"It became a bit of a joke at the end of the week because of the way it happened and it did sound like they said my name a lot, but it doesn't bother me at all," Officer said. "We're just really into the game and it became quite funny towards the end of the week. I just know that the team appreciates the sweeping and all that kind of stuff."

Overton-Clapham, who was eavesdropping, interjected: "C'mon, Jill."

BITERS: Because the Brier conflicts with the World Juniors, there will be no major TV coverage of curling's future stars ... Norm Gould (Steve's brother), who was Jeff Stoughton's coach when he won his first Brier and only world title in 1996, will coach the Manitoba team at this year's Brier in Calgary. Randy Dutiaume is the fifth man ... Dutiaume, by the way, recently announced that he will hook up with Andy Stewart next season.


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