Jones in a heap of trouble

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 8:55 AM ET

The overwhelming favourite women's rink heading into this week's the Roar of the Rings Canadian Curling Trials is left with overwhelming odds to get the job done after dropping yesterday's draws.

Winnipeg's Jennifer Jones fell in a 6-4 decision to Saskatoon's Stefanie Lawton in the morning before being handed an 8-5 loss from the undefeated Cheryl Bernard, from Calgary, to fall to 2-4.

She would have to win today and get some help to squeak into a tiebreaker.

Jones allowed four points in the fourth and three in the eighth.

"It's very disappointing and I felt like I let the girls down," Jones said. "It's a tough week. Things aren't going our way. We got outplayed today and Cheryl's team played great."

It was another tough start to an important game following an overall tough start to an important tournament.

"Last year in the Scotties, we started strong and then kind of in the middle didn't play that well, and at the World Championships in 2008 we were great all week from start to finish," Jones said.

"It's just the way it unfolds and unfortunately we didn't start this one off that strong. We're a little bit frustrated with that, absolutely.

"I thought we were ready to go and we just didn't play as well as we could.

"Obviously we're disappointed. We're all here to win. They played really well and we didn't play as well as we wanted to. That's the way the game goes, I guess."

Jones hit the meat of her schedule at the back, with Bernard last night and the fellow Calgary rink of Shannon Kleibrink today.

"Whatever, you've got to play everybody once. It doesn't matter when you play them," Jones said of the back end of the schedule.

"It's just the way they set up the draw and it doesn't really matter."

Nope, not anymore.

GERRY.MODDEJONGE@SUNMEDIA.CA


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