Carey and Overton-Clapham set for showdown

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:26 PM ET

Chelsea Carey of Morden wrapped up the round robin with authority, finishing as the lone undefeated team at the 2011 Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Altona.

Carey improved to 7-0 on Saturday morning, defeating Lisa Blixhavn of Brandon 7-2 in seven ends.

The score was tied 2-2 in the fifth, but Carey cracked a three-ender in the sixth and stole two in the seventh.

“That’s what we set out to do. It feels good to finish the right way,” said Carey, who is supported by Kristy Jenion, Kristen Foster and Lindsay Titheridge.

No tie-breaker was required in the red pool as Karen Rosser of Springfield made a gentle hit for three in the 10th end with the hammer to secure an 8-5 victory over Michelle Montford of Assiniboine Memorial.

“We’re right where we wanted to be. We wanted to make the playoff and we’re there,” said Rosser, who won the 2001 Scotties as Karen Young and has advanced to two other provincial finals. “We have a lot of confidence and my team played great. We’ll take that into the next game.”

Perhaps the biggest problem for Rosser is that she’s lost her voice, but she’s confident communicating with her teammates won’t be an issue.

“Hand signals, that’s all we’ll have to do,” quipped Rosser, whose team consists of Cheryl Reed, Stacey Fordyce and Brenna Philp. “We’ve had a really great season. It seems every ‘spiel we played in, we at least qualified and we won a few. We’ve sort of just been playing steady and that’s what’s got us through this week. We’ve been steady at all positions. That’s given us a lot of confidence.”

Carey had already clinched a spot in the 1 vs 1 Page playoff game and she’ll be facing No. 1 seed Cathy Overton-Clapham, who finished up the round robin with some high drama in an 8-7 victory over Kerri Einarson.

With the game tied and holding the hammer in the 11th end, Overton-Clapham had to draw to the four-foot — and required a measurement — before nailing down top spot in the pool.

“We’re in the 1 vs 1 and we didn’t want to be anywhere else,” said Overton-Clapham. “We’re excited that we’re there.

“I was quite confident throwing my draw. I had my draw weight the whole game, other than in the ninth. We controlled pretty much the whole game, except for that steal in eight. We were playing well and it was a matter of keeping the four-foot open so that we had a draw to win.”

While Overton-Clapham finished at 6-1, there was a three-way tie for second, which created a pair of tie-breakers.

Joelle Brown pulled out a remarkable double take-out for three in the 10th end to earn a 7-6 victory over Janet Harvey.

“Oh man, we didn’t think we’d be in this position. We’re happy to be here,” said Brown. “I’m not really known for my good hitting across the circuit. I said to the girls, ‘are you okay with playing for the win here?’

“It wasn’t an easy double. You could hit that all sorts of wrong and just get one point and not even go into an extra end. Everyone was in agreement with it. We just went with it. To end it with a double take-out was really nice. Big momentum, for sure.”

That left Brown, Harvey and Einarson at 5-2 and since Brown defeated both Harvey and Einarson in the round robin, she got the bye into the second playoff game — slated for 7 p.m. Saturday

Rosser is in the 2 vs 2 game against the winner of the late tie-breaker game.

Both page playoff games go Sunday morning at 9 a.m., where the winner of the 1 vs 1 game advances directly to the final.

That leaves the loser of the 1 vs 1 game to face the winner of the 2 vs 2 game at 12:15 p.m. and the championship final to follow at 4:15 p.m.

Carey — who is 3-0 against Overton-Clapham this season — made it clear she wasn’t concerned about who or when she’s playing.

“It doesn’t matter to us,” said Carey. “However many tie-breakers there are, there are and we’ll deal with whatever time we play. That’s the only effect it has on us. We’ll keep our eyes on it for interest sake but that’s about it. No matter who it is, it will be a tough team and we’ll have to play well, no matter what. We call it the paper-bag theory. It doesn’t matter who it is.

“We’re looking forward to it (the 1 vs 1 game). It gives yourself a couple of chances. We just have to reset. It’s a whole new bonspiel (once the playoffs start). We’ll refocus and get our heads back where they need to be for that.”


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