McCarville ready for second shot

STEVE GREEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:15 AM ET

LONDON, ONT. - Krista McCarville is ready for her second shot at Ontario women's curling history.

No team has won three straight provincial titles, though six have had a chance since the competition started in 1956. McCarville saw her first attempt thwarted in 2008 as Sherry Middaugh won her fourth crown, but the Fort William CC skip is clearly hoping for better things when the Ontario Scotties Tournament of Hearts opens Monday night at the Thornhill Golf and Country Club.

"This is a big one," McCarville said Thursday from her Thunder Bay home. "It would be really nice to be the first to do it three times in a row."

Her chances, good as they were to start with, arguably got even better when Middaugh was eliminated at last weekend's Challenge Round in Orangeville, meaning she misses the provincials for the second year running.

"That's a definite shock," McCarville said. "She had a new team this year and had been playing really well. I thought for sure she'd be there."

McCarville's rink has a new look this year as well. Third Tara George has taken this season off from competitive curling to spend more time with family, with Ashley Miharija and Kari MacLean moving up to third and second, respectively, and Sarah Lang (daughter of Rick and Lorraine Lang, McCarville's former longtime lead) joining the team at lead.

"We haven't 'spieled much this year," said McCarville, though the rink did win the Duluth Cashspiel and was fourth at the Canada Cup at the start of December in Medicine Hat, Alta. "We play in the women's and men's leagues here and we all live in Thunder Bay, so we can practise together a lot. I guess that's one of the positives of living where we do."

While McCarville will be a considerable favourite to win a record-tying fifth Ontario crown and earn the trip to the national Tournament of Hearts Feb. 19-27 in Charlottetown, there is at least one other notable entry who might have something to say about that.

Twenty-one years removed from her Canadian championship, Alison Goring will be looking for a fourth Ontario crown to go with those she won in 1995 and '97. The longtime Thornhill Bayview rep is now curling out of The Club at North Halton, in Georgetown.

Also in the field are Marika Bakewell of London Highland, 2010 runner-up Tracy Horgan of Sudbury Idylwylde, Thunder Bay rinks skipped by Ashley Kallos of Fort William and Marlo Dahl of Port Arthur, 2009 and 2010 Ontario junior champ Rachel Homan of Ottawa, Lisa Farnell of the Loonie Curling Club in Elgin, perennial Hearts participant Christina Cadorin of Shelburne and Susan McKnight of Uxbridge.

Farnell and Dahl also skipped rinks in last year's championship; Cadorin and McKnight qualified out of the Challenge Round.

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