January 13, 2011
Jones upbeat after strong start
By CON GRIWKOWSKY, QMI Agency
EDMONTON - Jennifer Jones had a Continental Cup to forget a couple of years back in Camrose.
Nothing seemed to go her way and Team Europe took advantage of a sub-par week to tie up the series with North America at three games each.
This time out, the defending Scotties champ has met expectations as she’s come firing out of the gate.
Jones and her Winnipeg rink, No. 1 ranked on the World Curling Tour money list, started things off with a 7-5 win over No. 2-ranked Mirjam Ott of Switzerland in an opening-round teams game.
“It’s nice,” said Jones. “It’s going the way we wanted it to go, which is great.”
Then Jones teamed up with second Carter Rycroft of the Kevin Martin rink to score a convincing mixed doubles win.
It’s the type of start that should make Jones a rock-solid contributor this time around.
“Yeah, it makes you come together as a team and it’s fun,” said Jones.
“You just want to go and play well and I thought we played well. It’s not about how well you play, it’s about team play.
“Everybody’s played great today. It’s been a fun day.”
If nothing else, the quick start has put Jones in a much better frame of mind than during her struggles in Camrose.
“Even if you don’t come out strong, you’re not out of it,” said Jones. “All the points are late in this thing.
“You just want to go out there, pick up on the ice and enjoy the atmosphere. We’re doing a bit of both. We’re enjoying it as one big Team North America. We’re having a lot of laughs and also, it’s pretty competitive out there.”
If anything, a quick start beats the alternative.
“We were on the opposite end of it last time,” said Jones. “It’s obviously better to be winning than losing.
“It really comes down to Saturday and Sunday. You want to get yourself in a good position today. We have and we have to continue it.”
When a player who’s expected to do well does well, that bodes well for Team North America’s chances this weekend.