January 29, 2011
Carey remains perfect at Scotties
By KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency
ALTONA - 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, in 1995 and 1998. “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 Philip. “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, while Rosser is in the 2 vs 2 game.
Neither Carey or Rosser knows who they’ll be facing as four teams remain alive for the two spots in the black pool.
One of those spots will be determined Saturday afternoon when Cathy Overton-Clapham of Fort Rouge goes head-to-head with clubmate Kerri Einarson.
The winner earns a playoff spot and the loser could be out of the competition if Janet Harvey (5-1) defeats Joelle Brown (4-2).
A win by Brown would create a logjam, leaving Harvey, Brown and either Overton-Clapham or Einarson tied at 5-2 and could cause a pair of tie-breaker games.
If tie-breakers are not required, the Page playoff games are set for 7 p.m. at the Sunflower Gardens.
Carey 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.”